NUFS & PKG Department Convocation
Convocation is an informal assembly for the graduates of the Department of Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging; it is conducted by the NUFS and PKG student clubs, with the backing of the department. Convocation is open to all graduating students of our programs. The event is separate from the Commencement ceremony at Spartan Stadium.
The Convocation ceremony is a small and personal function. All of the graduates are recognized individually, as are the Outstanding Students, Outstanding Professors, and recipients of various awards. Included in the Convocation is a brief ceremony and (usually) a reception. It is an opportunity for your family and friends to join you in celebration of your academic achievements and meet with the faculty and other guests.
The exact format of Convocation changes from year to year and depends on the wishes of the graduating class as expressed to the Convocation Chairperson. There is no set formula, although there are precedents. Students who have an interest in how their Convocation ceremony is conducted are encouraged to become involved in the initial planning. Please contact the NuFS Club on how to become a participant in Convocation planning.
Although the NuFS Club is usually able to contribute a portion of Convocation costs, there is usually a fee to cover expenses. The fee varies, depending on the success of Convocation fund raising efforts, and whether the ceremony is being held on- or off-campus.