Definition of convocation in US English:



  • 1A large formal assembly of people.

    • ‘Thanks to things like the Poetry Project and Naropa and other off-the-beaten-track arts centres there are festivals and convocations, and poets are on the Internet too.’
    • ‘The day we visited, the streets bubbled with life as people in luminous blue gowns headed to a convocation at the cathedral.’
    • ‘During the last year, Pye has piloted his battered 1992 Buick Roadmaster to more than four dozen UFO convocations.’
    • ‘There were almost 60 quotes from ‘ordinary people’ who'd attended many Strib-sponsored convocations.’
    • ‘This was their second reunion as a similar convocation gathered for a get together in Summerhill twenty-five years ago.’
    • ‘The quorum necessary for the convocation of the summit is 15 member states.’
    • ‘Security and logistic preparations are well under way in Algeria in preparation for the convocation of the highest-level Arab wide congregation.’
    • ‘I imagine convocations of Italian tin designers arguing late into the night over the precise size of the lid, the length of the movement, the size of the tin itself, so that it may sit exactly in the curl of the hand.’
    • ‘I was involved in the largest convocation we ever held, and I will cherish that memory forever.’
    • ‘Contributing editor Angela Dodson reports on how black books are part of many expos, conventions, and other large convocations.’
    • ‘Those inadequate and closely-packed, green leather benches facing each other in that stuffy chamber would induce quick tempers, name calling and fist fights in a convocation of Quaker pacifists.’
    • ‘Until today it has held 13 annual convocations, discussing a host of challenging matters including cloning, intellectual property rights, Internet, organ transplantations, etc.’
    • ‘Conversely he extends the hand of friendship to other heads of faiths at a convocation he convened in Rome.’
    • ‘Mattel plans to hand out one Convention Barbie doll to each delegate at both the Republican and Democratic convocations.’
    • ‘Work approved by the select committee will finally be taken to a general convocation for a stamp of approval.’
    • ‘‘The numbers are many,’ she told the convocation audience of more than 1,200.’
    • ‘Over the past several years, the convocation has been held at Ohio State, the University of Michigan and the University of California at Berkeley.’
    • ‘Inevitably, the kids come to adore him, and he enters their group in a local competition, a plan which an angry convocation of parents threatens to derail.’
    • ‘Eleven months after receiving an invitation to address this topic for a Lutheran convocation of teaching theologians, my wife of twenty-six years was diagnosed with terminal cancer.’
    • ‘But besides policy statements, Walker said he planned public convocations and forums for discussions on tolerance and diversity.’
    assembly, meeting, meet, convention, rally, turnout, congress, conclave, council, synod, symposium, forum, muster, tweetup
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    1. 1.1North American A formal ceremony at a college or university, as for the conferring of awards.
      • ‘The first gold medal will be awarded in the 2004 convocation to be held in late March.’
      • ‘The annual faculty and staff spring awards convocation will be held Monday, April 16.’
      • ‘Initially, the hall was to host lectures and speeches as primary functions, followed by university convocations and ceremonies, and lastly musical and theatrical performances.’
      • ‘For the first time, all-university awards formerly presented at a spring ceremony will be presented during the fall convocation.’
      • ‘The President's Office confirmed the award winner would be honored during the university's spring awards convocation, lending additional legitimacy to the award.’
      • ‘Well, I have to be around campus this weekend to participate in the honors convocation, so I get to wear my pretty little skirt, hood, and scholarly looking square cap for three whole hours on Saturday!’
      • ‘The College of Agriculture presented annual awards to faculty and staff at its spring semester convocation Jan.13.’
      • ‘This degree is to be awarded at their convocation on June 16, 2005.’
      • ‘He intends to recognize new appointees at future convocations.’
      • ‘On Wednesday, at a convocation honoring the four professors who have received tenure this year, Provost Dan Hornbach spoke eloquently about the importance of tenure for the preservation of academic freedom.’
      • ‘As many as 63 students were awarded diplomas at the annual convocation of the Indo-Swiss Training Centre here yesterday.’
      • ‘The six-college convocation fostered a creative and supportive relationship between the faculty, staff and students who attended.’
      • ‘Incoming students also participate in a freshman convocation that serves to welcome first-generation families.’
      • ‘This is a Canadian university and as such, the Canadian anthem is sung at all convocations to honour the achievements of our Canadian students.’
      • ‘The three were selected from 25 nominations submitted last month and will be recognized at the university's spring awards convocation March 28.’
      • ‘The ethnic convocations, students and university officials say, help inspire family members and friends to strive for higher education.’
      • ‘As his column notes, Yale has on the contrary already ‘postponed’ its freshman convocation for the first time in its history.’
      • ‘For example, convocations, senior capstones, or service learning requirements are all effective ways of communicating values while renewing the commitment of faculty, staff, and students to the vision of the institution.’
      • ‘One such initiative was the convocation that was held here recently for these children.’
      • ‘There is a growing awareness that education goes much beyond books and classrooms, degrees and convocations.’
      assembly, gathering, meeting, conference, convention, congress, rally, council, symposium, forum, conclave, congregation, synod, diet
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  • 2The action of calling people together for a large formal assembly.

    • ‘From Megiddo in 1485 BC to Kosovo in ad 1999, this argument runs, the only thing all wars have had in common has been to increase governments' powers of convocation and coercion.’
    • ‘The proposal is to complete the convocation by July ’, Prof. Ponnusamy states.’
    • ‘The convocation of a national representative assembly meant the end of absolute monarchy.’
    • ‘The petition went on to demand the eight-hour working day, the separation of church from state, a fair wage, land to be redistributed, and the convocation of a constituent assembly.’
    • ‘Decision-making would be slow, if it routinely required the convocation of a large number of people to take management decisions.’
    • ‘The deputies did not forget that what had forced the convocation of the future National Assembly was the scale of the State's debts.’


Late Middle English: from Latin convocatio(n-), from the verb convocare (see convoke).