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New Masters and National Award Winners Instructions for Convocation 2020

Convocation is a ceremony that recognizes outstanding contributors to internal medicine, held yearly at ACP’s annual meeting. New Fellows are inducted, visiting dignitaries (“Special Representatives”) from internal medicine associations abroad are introduced, and new Masterships, Honorary Fellowships, and awards are presented.


Before the ceremony, please pick-up regalia at the Stage Party Regalia Area, in Hall A of the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. Coat check will be provided in Hall A. Please be in the Stage Party Regalia Area in Hall A by 4:00 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served in the Stage Party Regalia Area.

Note to new Masters: You will receive special Mastership hoods with your rented regalia. The Mastership hoods are yours to keep, and should be taken with you after the ceremony.


4:00 p.m.         Pick up regalia from Stage Party Regalia in Hall A

4:30 p.m.         Stage Party Photography begins (schedule below)

5:00 p.m.         Doors open to ceremonial Hall A for guests

5:30 p.m.         Stage Party Assembly in Hall A: Please be prepared for a wait.

6:00 p.m.         Convocation Ceremony begins

Stage Party Photography Schedule

4:30     President and Chair of the Board of Regents with new Honorary Fellows

4:35     President and Chair of the Board of Regents with Special Representatives

4:45     President and Chair of the Board of Regents with new Masters

5:00     President and Chair of the Board of Regents with Awardees

During the Ceremony

The President-Elect will announce the name of each new Master and awardee, who will proceed to the front of the stage to receive their certificate, then return to their seat. A copy of the Convocation Program will be placed on each seat on the stage prior to the ceremony. Please be sure to turn off all electronic devices and be mindful that this event is being recorded.

Guest Seating

Please note that no reserved seating tickets are necessary for guests, as all guest seating in Hall A 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 have any questions, cannot attend Convocation, or require special arrangements/assistance, please contact Meghann Williams, Administrator, Awards Program (; 215-351-2714).