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Governors, Governors-elect, and Chapter Awardees Instructions for Convocation 2022
The upcoming Convocation ceremony will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in Hall F1 of the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL. As is tradition, Governors will march with the new FACPs from their chapter. This is designed to welcome the new Fellows and give them a sense of affiliation, as well as help the Governors get to know their new Fellows. Governors-elect, and Chapter Awardees have also been invited to march with the new Fellows from their chapter. You should have already received an invitation to participate in Convocation. Please note: you must RSVP to participate in Convocation; we are unable to accommodate walk-in participants this year.
4:30 p.m. Stoles pick up and assembly begins
5:00 p.m. Doors open to ceremonial Hall F1 for guests
5:30 p.m. Stage Party Assembly in Hall F1: Please be prepared for a wait.
6:00 p.m. Convocation Ceremony begins
Beginning at 4:30 p.m., please pick up your stole in the Governors Pick Up Area, in Hall F1 of the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL. Coat check will be provided in front of Hall F1. Please be in the Assembly Area in Hall F1 by 5:30 p.m. Chapter Awardees are encouraged to wear any medals that they may have received for the award. You may keep your stole following the ceremony.
Assembly and Line-Up
Governors, Governors-elect, Chapter Awardees, and new Fellows will be asked to assemble by chapter in designated sections of the area so that each chapter group will be able to march together, led by the Governor or their proxy. Please be prepared for a long wait. Because of the number of new Fellows assembly and line-up will be time-consuming, and the procession will last around 20 minutes.
Lines of March/Participation in Ceremony
- International chapters will march by country (alphabetically). Global Fellows who live in countries without ACP chapters will march together, led by the Chair of the Global Engagement Committee.
- U.S. Armed Services chapters will march individually.
- There will be four lines of march, and signs indicating the aisle of march for each chapter/region will be displayed in the Assembly room as well as the back of the auditorium.
- There will be a chapter roll call during the ceremony. Chapters will stand one at a time and remain standing until all groups are standing, and then the ACP Pledge will be recited. All Fellows are invited to recite the Pledge in unison. The Pledge can be found in the back of the Convocation Program.
Please note that no reserved seating tickets are necessary for guests, as all guest seating in Hall F1 is open. There will be ample seating available. However, guests should arrive early to ensure good seats and should be seated before 5:50 p.m., as no one will be seated during the processional.
If You Cannot Attend Convocation
Some Governors cannot march with their new Fellows because they are participating in Convocation as part of the Stage Party. If you are a Governor and you cannot march with your new Fellows and have not told us, please let us know as soon as possible. In the absence of a Governor-elect, Governors may be asked to designate someone else to lead the new Fellows from their chapter.