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Convention registration opens Sept. 15

Schedule reflects changes to traditional date pattern

A series of subtle, yet significant, changes are coming to the schedule for the 2015 NCAA Convention. The event will take place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in the Washington, D.C area.

The primary Convention programming will begin on a Thursday (Jan. 15) instead of on Wednesday as it has in recent years.  Workshops on leadership, Title IX and preventing sexual violence will be available on Wednesday, but most delegates can plan for a Wednesday evening arrival as most association-wide programming will begin Thursday morning. Given the shift, a welcome reception will no longer be held on Wednesday. Some conferences may elect to hold their conference meetings on Wednesday, though many will occur on Thursday and through the weekend.

The price to attend the Convention has been reduced from $250 to $200 because of the truncated schedule.

For Division II and III attendees, most programming will wrap up on Saturday morning (Jan. 18), as it has in years past. Division I, however, will hold its delegates breakfast, business session and other meetings on Sunday (Jan. 19) with select conference-defined sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

Given the schedule changes, the keynote luncheon is being pushed from its usual slot on Wednesday to Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Last year’s luncheon accommodated roughly 550 attendees. Because of popular demand, though, this year’s luncheon has been expanded and will be able to accommodate double that number.    

Honors Celebration tickets will be available for purchase ($20 each) through Convention registration on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will be held on Friday night (Jan. 16) from 6-9 p.m. at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.  Each ticket includes the awards dinner and the dessert reception that follows. Members have indicated that many who wanted to attend the Honors Celebration at past Conventions were unable to secure tickets because the free tickets had already been allotted. Some who took those tickets, however, opted not to attend the event. The nominal fee will ensure members who wish to attend the inspiring event have the opportunity to do so.

As with the 2014 Convention in San Diego, there will be no trade show at this year’s event. Though it is not being held this year, NCAA staff will continue to evaluate membership feedback to determine whether or not a trade show should be held at future NCAA Conventions.

Registration opens Sept. 15.  Additional information about the Convention can be found at www.NCAA.org/convention.