New Student Convocation

New Student Convocation 2023

Bakersfield College is excited to usher in the new academic year with our students. As part of that tradition, BC hosts the annual New Student Convocation. The word convocation literally means a “calling together,” which means you will now become part of the Renegade community. Beyond welcoming you to the community, we will also provide critical information about navigating college life, the importance of getting involved on campus, making the most of your time here, and strategies for being successful. The Convocation activities include a Bridge to BC Family Scavenger Hunt! Families will join their student to explore some of our campus resources! Students who turn in completed Scavenger Hunt cards by 6:30 p.m. will get a prize!

Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Check-in: 5:00 p.m.
Dinner & Open House: 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
New Student Welcome Ceremony: 7:13 p.m.
Outdoor Theater, PAC Building
All registered students receive a special BC item after attendance at the event.

Register now to attend New Student Convocation!

For more information email convocation@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Accommodations are available with advanced notice, please contact Julianna Mullen at julianna.mullen@bakersfieldcollege.edu.

 

About the Event

The week before the start of the fall semester, BC hosts an Open House to usher you and your family/friends into the new academic year by visiting the various areas on campus and then lead you into Convocation. We will provide critical information about navigating college life, the importance of getting involved on campus, making the most of your time here, and strategies for being successful. This event comes with free dinner, and so much more!

New Student Convocation

The New Student Convocation part of the evening welcomes you as part of the Renegade community. The word convocation literally means a “calling together.” While Convocation is a great way to connect with other students, faculty and staff on campus, it does not replace the student orientation requirement offered throughout summer and fall.

Festivities Include

  • A warm campus welcome
  • Student Organization Information
  • Department Resource Fair
  • Lots of Information & BC Swag
  • Games, Scavenger Hunt, and Prizes!
  • Renegade Mascot Gong (see below)
  • Free dinner served by our dedicated faculty and staff

Renegade Mascot Gong Ceremony

Shortly after the convocation ceremony begins, at 7:13 PM (which equates to 19:13 in military time, symbolizing the year BC was founded), our Renegade Mascot marches down to the stage, and rings the gong. The vibration of the gong symbolized the beginning of our incoming students' academic journey. The gong is once again rung upon confirmation for graduation in the Counseling Center.