New Student Convocation

We will be hosting the University's first fully virtual New Student Convocation to celebrate our new incoming class! Since 2007, the New Student Convocation has been an annual celebration of learning, collaboratively planned by Student Affairs and Academic Affairs for the new students entering CSUN each fall. This event serves as a formal welcome extended to the entering class by the President, administration and campus community.  This program has been one of the primary mainstays of the university’s welcome programs signaling the start of each academic year. 

We invite all of our new students to join us on Thursday, September 17th from 6:00pm - 7:00pm. Attendees will have an opportunity to be officially greeted and welcomed by the University President and other campus administrators as well as CSUN Students.  


New Student Convocation Webinar Link

To view the New Student Convocation please use this weblink
Passcode: 709371

For any questions or concerns, feel free to connect with us at orientation@csun.edu.


This program is distinguished by its past keynote speakers and by its recognition by the campus receiving the CSUN Team Award in 2008 which noted the campus-wide collaboration and involvement required to plan and to execute the event annually.

2007Robert F. Kennedy Jr.The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
2008Barbara EhrenreichNickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
2009Steve LopezThe Soloist by Steve Lopez
2010Holly Robinson-PeeteThe Curious incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
2011Jeannette WallsThe Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2012Chitra DivakaruniOne Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni
2013Edward HumesGarbology by Edward Humes
2014Drew MagaryThe Postmortal by Drew Magary
2015David LevithanEvery Day by David Levithan
2016Jon RonsonSo You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
2017Bree NewsomeBetween the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
2018Nicole Maines & Wayne MainesBecoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt

Past New Student Convocations

2019 New Student Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 12, 2019
6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn
Keynote Speaker - Lauren Markham
Video Link: 2019 New Student Convocation

2018 New Student Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018
6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn
Keynote Speaker - Nicole Maines
Video Link: 2018 Freshman Convocation

*this video is not captioned, but will be very soon and we apologize for this inconvenience*

2017 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017
6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn
Keynote Speaker - Bree Newsome
Video Link: 2017 Freshman Convocation

2016 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 15, 2016
6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn
Keynote Speaker - Jon Ronson
Author of So You've Been Publicly Shamed - the Freshman Common Reading for 2016
Video Link: 2016 Freshman Convocation

2015 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 10, 2015
6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn
Keynote Speaker - David Levithan
Author of Every Day - the Freshman Common Reading for 2015
Video Link: 2015 Freshman Convocation

2014 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 4, 2014
6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn
Keynote Speaker - Drew Magary
Author of The Postmortal - the Freshman Common Reading for 2014
Video Link: 2014 Freshman Convocation

2013 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013
6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn
Keynote Speaker - Edward Humes
Author of Garbology - the Freshman Common Reading for 2013
Video link: 2013 Freshman Convocation

2012 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 6, 2012
6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn
Keynote Speaker - Chitra Divakaruni
Author of One Amazing Thing - the Freshman Common Reading for 2012
Video link: 2012 Freshman Convocation

2011 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 8, 2011
6:00pm - Oviatt Library lawn
Keynote Speaker - Jeannette Walls
Author of The Glass Castle – the Freshman Common Reading for 2011-2012
Video link: 2011 Freshman Convocation

2010 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 2, 2010
6:00pm - Oviatt Library lawn
Keynote Speaker - Holly Robinson Peete
Actress, Author, Activist & Philanthropist
Video: 2010 Freshman Convocation

2009 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 3, 2009
6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn
Keynote Speaker - Steve Lopez
Author of The Soloist - the Freshman Common Reading for 2009-2010
Video link: 2009 Freshman Convocation

2008 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 4, 2008
6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn
Keynote Speaker - Barbara Ehrenreich
Author of Nickel and Dimed
Video link: 2008 Freshman Convocation

Alma Mater Music

Hail to the Matadors

By Richard Kaufman


Hail to all the Matadors

And to our school so dear.

As we move along the road of life,

let us keep from doubt or fear,

For the knowledge which we find here,

for all who urge us on.

The spirit of the red and white

Will brighten every dawn.


Where the sun is shining

And where truth leaves an open door,

to honor Strong and Courage Tall

We hail our Matador!



You may listen or download the MP3 file below:



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Freshman Common Reading

The Far Away Brothers Book Cover

The 2020-2021 Freshman Common Reading book will be Educated by Tara Westover. Educated is an unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school for most of her life, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.

Click here for more information on the book and CSUN's Freshman Common Reading. 


For more information, contact the Office of Student Involvement and Development at (818) 677-4100. Since staff are working remotely, you will be encouraged to send a direct email or leave a message.  Emails can be sent to orientation staff at .  

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