Convocation has been described as “a group of people assembled for a formal purpose. Or better recognized at WashU as a colorful combination of crazed new students, student leaders, and faculty summoned together within the athletic complex to celebrate the beginning of the new students’ time at WashU.”

After an address by the Chancellor and other university leaders, parents and family members line Oak Allée with glow sticks in green and red while students process to Brookings Quad (the site for Commencement each spring) for Ted Drewes frozen custard and music.