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: Roadrunner Rally as the opening ceremony and commencement as the final goal. The ceremony remarks will include a welcome from MSU Denver President, Dr. Janine Davidson, and from a keynote speaker. This is an opportunity for incoming students to come together for their first official university event.
Convocation 2023 - Thursday, August 17th
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
To accommodate Convocation and ensure the smooth flow of traffic and logistics, the Spruce parking lot will be temporarily offline on Thursday, August 17.
The closure of the Spruce parking lot is necessary to create sufficient space for event setup, festivities, and a smooth entry and exit routes for attendees. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and kindly request your understanding and cooperation during this time.
To assist with parking arrangements for Convocation, we’ve attached a map highlighting alternative parking lots and garages or invite you to explore alternative transportation options, such as carpooling, public transportation, or utilizing off-campus parking facilities.
Designated signage and campus staff will be available to guide you to the appropriate parking locations on the day of the event. We kindly request that you follow their directions and adhere to any temporary parking restrictions put in place to facilitate the smooth flow of traffic and ensure the safety of all attendees.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work together to make the MSU Denver Convocation a memorable and successful occasion for our community.
2023 Keynote Speaker - Dudley Thurmond
Mr. Dudley Thurmond is a highly charged speaker and author with a message filled with hope, redemption, faith, perseverance, and determination, Dudley Thurmond’s background and past have allowed him to create “The Recipe For Resilience” and a mindset to reclaim your setbacks and turn them into comebacks.
Known as “Dr. Bounce Back”, Dudley’s personal story serves as an instructive, cautionary tale of how to survive self-defeat, incarceration, and near-death experiences that resonates with audiences in corporate, education, sports, youth, and more.
Dudley has a true passion for helping individuals win in every aspect of life. He has spoken from several platforms, including corporate events, youth conferences, community events, and Toastmasters International. He delivers a passionate plea to listeners to recognize their strengths, make positive choices, and realize that we can all “BOUNCE BACK” from our personal challenges.
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Alumni Keynote Speakers
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Sonia is an award winning Emmy-nominated journalist. Her work changed and revolutionized policies across the country.
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)