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New Student Convocation and Family Welcome

We officially welcome students and their families to Saint Louis University each year at New Student Convocation. You’ll hear from SLU administration, faculty, staff and students as you become a true Billiken. 

SLU President Fred Pestello wearing academic regalia addressing students in arena seating at convocation

Saint Louis President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., addresses incoming Billikens at the 2022 New Student Convocation ceremony.

Convocation is one of the first opportunities for the entire new class of Billikens to develop a sense of cohesion and identity. Members of the SLU community will share what being a Billiken has meant to them and what they hope it will mean for you. 

2023 Convocation

The fall Saint Louis University convocation ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, August 19, 2023, at Chaifetz Arena. Students should enter at Gate A, and the public should enter at Gate B. You will be able to watch the livestream here or on SLU's official Facebook page. The ceremony will be recorded and the video will be posted on this page.