Panther Convocation

Panther Convocation is a Florida International University tradition that welcomes new students, as well as their friends and family, as they embark on their college journey. The formal ceremony is hosted by the FIU President, our college deans, and other distinguished faculty and staff. This memorable experience marks students' introduction to their college career.

Attendance for first-year students is mandatory.

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RSVP to confirm your attendance at Panther Convocation on August 19, 2023.

Event Details

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Ocean Bank Convocation Center
1180 SW 113th Ave.
Miami, FL 33174

Time: 6 p.m.
Doors open at 5 p.m.

Block party with free food and giveaways to immediately follow event!

Program Highlights

  • Meet President Kenneth A. Jessell
  • Current students share their FIU experiences
  • Presentation of the class banner
  • Passing of the Torch of Knowledge
  • Block party with free food and giveaways to immediately follow event

If you have questions about Panther Convocation, please email

Convocation in the FIU Arena

Should you need an ADA accommodation to participate in this event or to request materials in an accessible format, please contact FIU’s Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Accessibility (CRCA) at 305-348-2785 or

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can my family attend?

    Your parents and family are not required to attend, but they are more than welcome to join us! This event is a celebration of our new students, and we appreciate that many family members typically join us to help us kick off our new academic year.

  • Panther Convocation is mandatory, but what if I am not in town at the time of the event?

    While this event is a mandatory part of the onboarding process for our new students, we recognize that there may be some students who are unable to join us on August 19. However, please be aware that classes begin on August 21.

    If you are unable to attend because you will not be in Miami on August 19, you should work with your academic advisor as needed to ensure that your class schedule is finalized and you are ready to begin classes on August 21. You can connect with your academic advisor via the Panther Success Network on the portal.

  • Panther Convocation is mandatory, but what if I have to work?

    Given the advanced notice for this event, our hope is that you are able to make arrangements with your employer so that you may attend this official start to your academic journey at FIU.