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University of Dubuque's Sixth Annual Spring Convocation Cancelled

Due to weather conditions, Spring Convocation has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. The University of Dubuque looks forward to welcoming guest speaker, Mikelange "Mike" Olbel (C'08), to campus at some point in the future.


DUBUQUE, Iowa - The University of Dubuque invites students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, and friends of UD to celebrate its sixth annual Spring Convocation, which will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 15, 2024.

This convocation officially opens spring semester and celebrates the cultural and global diversity that makes the University of Dubuque special. It is a way for the UD community to pause, give thanks to God for the gift of our community, and continue the process of exploring ways to learn, grow, and understand cultures that may or may not be different than our own.

Spring Convocation replaces classes and co-curricular activities scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

7:00 a.m. - Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration
Grand River Center, 500 Bell Street, Dubuque, Iowa

The Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration is hosted by Faces & Voices with support from the Dubuque Community School District and the City of Dubuque. For cost and registration information, visit the MLK Breakfast event website. Breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m., with programming beginning at 7:30 a.m.

10:15-11:30 a.m. - Spring Convocation
John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center

Mikelange "Mike" Olbel (C'08), chief executive officer of Community-Based Connections, will be the Spring Convocation speaker. Mike's lifework involves breaking cycles of poverty and crime, seeing the promise of education as the surest path to a life of success and purpose. Other alumni will be among those providing musical leadership, coordinated by Adrianna Johnson (C'15). This is a general seating event; please arrive early to find a seat.

For those who cannot attend in-person, Spring Convocation will be streamed live at

11:30 a.m. - Regular University Instruction and Activities Resume