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Opening Convocation Ceremony

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132nd Opening Convocation Ceremony

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PDT
Frost Amphitheater | Livestream


President Marc Tessier-Lavigne welcomed new undergraduate first-year and transfer students and their families to Stanford at the 132nd Opening Convocation Ceremony, the formal inauguration of the academic year. Together with their new classmates, students participated in celebrating the beginning of Stanford's New Student Orientation at this time-honored tradition, held this year in Frost Amphitheater. All family members and guests were invited to attend Convocation. No tickets were needed. This event was broadcast on KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM, filmed and recorded.

University Flags
The Board of Trustees
University Officials

The Rev. Dr. Tiffany Steinwert, Dean for Religious & Spiritual Life

Land Acknowledgment
Alyssa Charley ’23, Diné (Navajo)

Welcome and Remarks
Richard H. Shaw, Dean of Admission & Financial Aid
Sarah Church, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Mona Hicks, Senior Associate Vice Provost & Dean of Students

Student Address
Chinemere Uche ’23

Presidential Address
Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President, Stanford University

Hail, Stanford, Hail!
Sarah Lewis ’24 and KeeSeok Lee ’25

Dr. Amina Darwish, Associate Dean for Religious & Spiritual Life
Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper, Associate Dean for Religious & Spiritual Life
The Rev. Dr. Colleen Hallagan Preuninger, Associate Dean for Religious & Spiritual Life
The Rev. Dr. Sakena Young-Scaggs, Senior Associate Dean for Religious & Spiritual Life

Timothy Zerlang, Advanced Lecturer, Department of Music

Special Thanks
Peninsula Brass
Office of Special Events & Protocol

General Event Information

For the comfort of families and guests, the following suggestions may make Convocation more enjoyable:

Frost Amphitheater is located at 351 Lasuen Street, Stanford, CA 94305. Directions to Frost.

Complimentary nearby parking is available in the Galvez Parking Lot on this day.

Seating inside Frost is open. Guests are welcome to sit on their own or to sit with their student. Students will walk to the event with their residence staff and dormmates in the morning. If you would like to sit with your student, we recommend that you meet your student at the Galvez Gate entrance to Frost and enter the venue together.

Frost Amphitheater has a clear bag policy. Small personal items such as purses and handbags are allowed. Backpacks, larger bags, and suitcases are not allowed.

Dress for the heat; light clothing is advisable.

Hats, visors, and sun block are highly recommended.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle. Water filling stations will be provided.

Umbrellas will not be permitted, as they block the view of other guests.

Smoking is prohibited in outdoor spaces holding events during the weekend.

Health & Safety

Please review Stanford's COVID-19 Guidelines for Visitors

Guests are encouraged to wear face masks, as this will be an outdoor event with a large attendance.

If you are feeling ill on this day, please stay home and do not attend.

Accessibility Information

Accessible Entrance

The accessible entrance (step-free route to seating area) to Frost is via the Lasuen Gate near the corner of Lasuen Street and Roth Way. Once inside the gate, proceed through the tunnel to enter Frost. Review Frost's Accessibility & Services informationNOTE: The Galvez Gate is not on an accessible route to enter Frost for those using wheelchairs/mobility devices and/or have limited mobility.


Wheelchair seating and a limited mobility seating area is available and staff will assist guests as needed once inside the Lasuen Gate. While seating is outside and most seating will be in direct sunlight, there will be some shaded seating options available. All seating is first come, first served.

Accessibility Questions

For disability access information, please contact the Diversity and Access Office at or call (650) 725-0326.