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Convocation: Your global alumni community

Convocation: Your global alumni community

Shaping the future of your University and alumni community

What is Convocation?

Convocation is the formal name for our 250,000-strong alumni network.

The meeting of Convocation occurs once a year, usually in October, and gives you an opportunity to join discussions with our Vice-Chancellor and President and other members of our leadership team about the latest developments at the University and future plans.

Here, you can share your unique perspective as a graduate with the University, influencing key decisions in our policy and future direction.


Meet our current Chair of Convocation

Sophie McDermott graduated from Newcastle University in 2018 with a BA in Politics and History and went on to join NUSU’s Sabbatical team as Activities Officer. She’s been our Chair of Convocation for the past 3 years. Sophie spearheaded the Alumni Day of Action in 2020 and 2021, showcasing the very best of our community and inspiring graduates around the world to be the change they want to see in the world!

Want to get involved?

As a member of our alumni community, there’s nothing extra you need to do to formally join Convocation. You just need to sign up to attend our annual meeting to make your voice heard!

Every three years, we elect a Chair of Convocation. As the name suggests, this person chairs the annual meeting and leads our global alumni community in offering guidance and ideas to the University. We’ll be electing a Chair in 2022, and nominations will soon be open!

Anyone alumnus (excluding current members of staff) can nominate themselves as Chair of Convocation, and everyone in our alumni community will have the opportunity to vote in the elections online.

Could you be our next Chair of Convocation?