The University of Pennsylvania formally welcomes the incoming class at Convocation, the day before the first day of classes.

Convocation is a Penn tradition that dates to 1910 (and perhaps, on an informal basis, earlier). Though the format may have changed over the years, this event is a significant marker in the lives of Penn undergraduates. This is the first time that the freshman class marches together. They will come together again on Hey Day in their junior year, and at Commencement in their senior year.

Photos of Past Convocation Ceremonies

Penn Convocation Ceremony

Photo courtesy of the University Archives from the 1913 Convocation ceremony.

Penn Convocation Ceremony

Photo courtesy of the University Archives from the 1918 Convocation ceremony.

Penn Convocation Ceremony

Photo courtesy of the University Archives from the 1940 Convocation ceremony.

Penn Convocation Ceremony

Photo courtesy of the University Archives from the 1960 Convocation ceremony.

Penn Convocation Ceremony

2010 Convocation ceremony

Penn Convocation Ceremony

2010 Convocation ceremony

Penn Convocation Ceremony

2010 Convocation ceremony

Penn Convocation Ceremony

2011 Convocation ceremony

Penn Convocation Ceremony

2011 Convocation ceremony

Penn Convocation Ceremony

2011 Convocation ceremony

THE RED AND BLUE

By William J. Goeckel, Class of 1896, and Harry E. Westervelt, Class of 1898

Come all ye loyal classmates now, in hall and campus through,
Lift up your hearts and voices for the royal Red and Blue.
Fair Harvard has her crimson, old Yale her colors too,
But for dear Pennsylvania, we wear the Red and Blue.

(Chorus)
Hurrah! Hurrah! Pennsylvania!
Hurrah for the Red and the Blue;
Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!
Hurrah for the Red and the Blue.

Listen to The Penn Band playing "The Red and Blue"

2012 Convocation Ceremony Photos