Convocation serves as the official academic welcome to West Texas A&M University for the freshman class. The ceremony, modeled after commencement, is designed to set a tone of academic success, formally welcome the incoming class and allows students to envision themselves graduating from WTAMU.

Convocation for the 2019/20 academic year will be held September 5, 2019 at 5:00 pm at the First United Bank Center. Our Convocation Speaker this year will be Abdi Nor Iftin, an Immigrant from Somalia and author of Call Me American. Attendance is free and open to the public.  All freshmen are expected to attend.

Freshmen Convocation at the First United Bank CenterPast Convocation speakers include:

  • Elie Wiesel, 2007
  • Valentino Deng, 2008
  • Khaled Hosseini, 2009
  • Somaly Mam, 2010
  • Kelsey Timmerman, 2011, 2016
  • Eric Greitens, 2012
  • Doc Hendley, 2013
  • Adam Braun, 2014
  • Shanna Peeples, 2015
  • Ellen Stofan, 2017
  • Sarah Jones, 2018
  • Abdi Nor Iftin, 2019

Convocation occurs in the fall semester of each academic year. The ceremony takes place at the First United Bank Center.