The life of an academic institution is marked by several important gatherings which reflect the deepest elements of its mission and purpose. At Marquette, these include New Student Convocation, Mass of the Holy Spirit, Baccalaureate Liturgy and Commencement.
The New Student Convocation, a tradition that started at Marquette in 1994, is the first time the entering class will be together as a group. Ritually, the program marks the entry of the new students into the university community. Thus each of the speakers and the whole of the program serve to welcome the class and help prepare its members for the years to come. Students and their family members will be greeted by their college deans, the provost and the university president. Key university traditions, including the Honor Pledge, the Missioning of the incoming class and the University Fight Song are introduced.