AGD Convocation Ceremony and Celebration

2024 Convocation Information

The AGD2024 Convocation Ceremony will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center, on Saturday, July 20, 2024.    

Complimentary General Meeting Registration

As a reminder, AGD is pleased to provide you with complimentary general registration and one complimentary ticket to the 2024 Convocation celebration. Both must be secured through the AGD annual meeting registration process. If you need assistance with the registration process, please contact Meetings at

Cap and Gown Orders (Fellows and Masters Only)

All 2024 Fellow and Master Awardees can reserve a cap and gown to wear during the 2024 Convocation Ceremony. Reservation information will be emailed to all approved applicants in April 2024.  

Note: LLSR recipients do not wear caps and gowns. LLSR recipients should dress in business attire to accept their pin and honor stole onstage. 

Cap and gown pick up Location and Schedule

Fellows and Masters can pick up your reserved cap & gown at Minneapolis Convention Center on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20. 

Convocation Rehearsal

Rehearsal will be Saturday, July 20, 2024, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. It is recommended that awardees do not make any plans after 12:30pm. 

Convocation Ceremony

The Convocation Ceremony will be on Saturday, July 20, 2024, at Minneapolis Convention Center. Doors will open for guest seating approximately 15 minutes before the ceremony begins. Ample, non-reserved seating will be available. Tickets are not needed to attend the Convocation Ceremony. All guests are welcome. 

Helpful Hints for Convocation

  • Wear comfortable clothing. Suit jackets or heavy clothing will be uncomfortable under your robe.
  • Eat before you arrive for rehearsal. You will not have an opportunity to eat before the ceremony.
  • Come to rehearsal in your cap and gown. Please dispose of the bag and hanger holding your robe prior to arriving. 
  • Do not bring excess belongings, such as a briefcase, laptops, etc., to the ceremony as there is no space to store such items.

The AGD photographer will take photos of all awardees as they cross the stage. Family members may take photos from their seats; Please remind your family members that they will not be allowed to enter the aisles or approach the stage to take pictures.

Pins, Certificates, Plaques and Crystals

All 2024 Awardees and LLSR Recipients will receive a pin during the ceremony.  2024 LLSR Recipients will also receive an academic stole. FAGD Certificates, MAGD Plaques and LLSR Crystals will be shipped to all 2024 recipients four to eight weeks after the Convocation ceremony.

Guests at the Convocation Ceremony

Guests attending only the Convocation ceremony are NOT required to register for AGD2024 or the Convocation ceremony. There will be ample seating available. Please encourage your guests to arrive no more than ten minutes before the doors are scheduled to open. 

Convocation Reception

Following the Convocation Ceremony, join AGD leaders and members, along with families and friends, for a congratulatory reception featuring sweet and healthy treats, soft drinks and one ticket for an adult beverage for guests over 21. This is a ticketed event.  Awardees must register to receive one complimentary Convocation Reception ticket. Additional guest tickets can be purchased through the registration system. If you have already registered for AGD2024, please use the link in your confirmation to access your registration and add guest Convocation Reception tickets to your event. 

Adult Guest Tickets- $70/ person
Child (13 and under) Guest Ticket- $25/ person

Regional Group Photos

Many regions have scheduled times for group photos on Saturday, July 22, 2024. Please contact your regional director or constituent executive early July 2024. You should arrive for your group photo dressed in your cap and gown. Extra caps and gowns will not be available for group photos. 

AGD Foundation Activities

Oral Cancer Screenings
To raise awareness of oral cancer, the AGD Foundation will host free oral cancer screenings on Friday, July 21, 11am – 2pm in the Exhibit Hall. Please stop by, get screened, and learn more about the Foundation’s oral cancer awareness activities. 

Electronic Silent Auction Fundraiser
A major part of the AGD Foundation’s fundraising efforts includes the AGD Foundation Electronic Silent Auction Fundraiser. We seek a variety of items, including new and used dental equipment, course offerings and webinars, vacation packages, sports/celebrity memorabilia, electronics, and more. Please submit items that are valued at $100 and up. Items may be submitted right up to the day of the event. Donors will be recognized during and post-auction.