Welcome to the Roadrunner Family!

Convocation is the beginning of a Roadrunner’s journey. This kick-off event serves as a “bookend” to each student’s academic journey, with Convocation as the opening ceremony and commencement as the final goal. The ceremony will include a welcome from MSU Denver President, Dr. Janine Davidson, and motivational remarks from Super Bowl Champion and winning broadcaster, Ryan Harris. This is an opportunity for incoming students to come together for their first official university event.

Aerial campus photos of JSSB.

Convocation 2024 - Thursday, August 15th

Welcome & Keynote Address | 5:00 – 6:00 PM | King Center  

*Check-in at 4:30PM in the King Center


Festivities | 6:00 – 7:00 PM | Jordan Student Success Building (JSSB) Quad


A fun evening with food, games, music and an inspirational speaker. Meet faculty, staff, and other students!


Please RSVP in Advance

All who are attending must RSVP for Convocation and will receive an email reminder with event details the week of the event.

Convocation Registration Form 2024

2024 Keynote Speaker - Ryan Harris

Ryan Harris Headshot

Super Bowl Champion, Keynote Speaker, Award Winning Broadcaster, and Bestselling Author!

Ryan Harris inspires audiences across the nation by incorporating lessons learned in success and failure throughout his 10-year NFL Career.

In 2015, Ryan became a Super Bowl Champion after winning Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos and has also played for the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers before retiring in 2016.

Beyond the field, Ryan has continued to work to win. Whether in real estate, investing, Startups, and non-profit’s, Ryan now aims to make an impact in Denver and Beyond. With these efforts, Ryan was The First African American to be awarded Colorado Sportscaster of the year in 2020. Ryan was also named to Denver Business Journal’s 40 under 40 class of 2021.

Ryan graduated from the University of Notre Dame and Lives in the Denver Metro Area with his Wife and three children. Ryan is also fluent in Spanish.

These days you can catch Ryan as the Analyst for Notre Dame Football, Denver Broncos Pre-season games, CBS Sports, Notre Dame Radio, Westwood one radio NFL broadcasts, and more.



Welcome to the Roadrunner family at MSU Denver!

Tradition starts here! The university community looks forward to welcoming students to campus each year at Convocation.

Questions? Contact the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI)


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