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.

Aerial campus photos of JSSB.

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


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 2023

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. 


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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