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Convocation is one of Drexel University's oldest traditions, marking the beginning of each academic year. It offers a chance to rededicate ourselves to Drexel’s mission of teaching and experiential learning, research and service to society.

2021 Convocation

October 6, 2021
10 a.m.
Korman Quad & Livestream

On October 6, 2021, Drexel University marked the start of the academic year with its historic Convocation ceremony. This ceremony took place at a pivotal moment for the University and for society, as we emerged from one of the most challenging years of our lifetimes. Our speakers touched on the innovative, inclusive and cross-disciplinary work they’ve been doing — and the unique role that Drexel plays — in addressing challenges related to climate, social injustice, public health, design, technological innovation and more.  

Speakers Included

  • John Fry, President
  • Paul Jensen, Executive Vice President and Nina Henderson Provost
  • Rabbi Isabel de Koninck
  • Sharrelle Barber, Director of the Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements and Population Health Equity and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Keynote
  • Genevieve Dion, Director of the Center for Functional Fabrics and Professor of Design, Keynote
  • Franco Montalto, Climate Year Co-Organizer and Professor of Engineering, Keynote
  • Kevin Owens, Chair of Faculty Senate and Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Matthew Shirley, President, Drexel Black Graduate Student Union
  • Jarod Watson, Student Body President, Undergraduate Student Government Association

Convocation Archive

View photos and videos of past Convocations in the Convocation archive.

Learn more about past Convocations