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Congratulations to the 2019 Initiate Class!


Congratulations and Welcome

On behalf of the leadership and more than 81,000 members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), congratulations to the 2,000 Initiates who will be inducted as Fellows in October 2019. Only a fellow surgeon will understand the commitment you have made to becoming a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. This is a momentous occasion.

Convocation Ceremony

You are invited to join your 2019 Initiate class this year as we recognize and honor your achievement!

The 2019 Convocation ceremony will take place at 6:00 pm on Sunday, October 27 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. The procession into the ceremony will begin at 5:30 pm. Your family and friends are invited to attend. 

Attendance is not required, and Fellowship will be conferred in absentia upon all Initiates who are unable to attend the ceremony.

More than 2,000 Initiates will be inducted as Fellows of the American College of Surgeons at the Convocation Ceremony held during the Clinical Congress. More than 900 Initiates participated in the 2018 Convocation ceremony and celebration. 

Celebrate—Presidents Reception

You and your guests are invited to attend the President’s Reception for New Fellows immediately following the Convocation Ceremony. Enjoy drinks and appetizers while you celebrate with family, mingle with your fellow Fellows, and meet College leaders. The President’s Reception for New Fellows will conclude at 9:30 pm. Shuttle bus service will be available following the reception.

Your FACS Designation

Please note: The FACS designation may NOT be used after your name in any manner until the Convocation Ceremony has concluded. 

What's Next

Register for Clinical Congress 

All Initiates who plan to participate in the Convocation Ceremony must register for Clinical Congress. As an Initiate, your registration is FREE. Registration will open in early June. Hotel information is available.

Pay Your Initiate Fee

Domestic (U.S. and Canada) Initiates must pay their Initiate Fee of $400 by August 31, whether or not you attend the Convocation Ceremony. 

To pay your Initiate fee, log into the College website, select My Profile from the blue navigation bar, and then Profile Overview. You will find a link to pay membership dues on the left side of your profile page.

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Order Your Convocation Gown

Initiates who participate in the Convocation ceremony are required to wear the official ACS regalia. Rent your Convocation gown rental ($67.30) from Herff Jones before September 25. (No refunds on gown rentals will be available after September 25, 2019.) 

Day-of rentals will be available onsite for $80. Contact Tim McClughen for purchase options. All gowns will be available for pick up Sunday, October 27 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm at the Moscone Center.

Order your gown

Update Your Contact Information and Verify Your Mailing Address by August 1

Update your mailing address to ensure your Welcome Kit and certificate of Fellowship are mailed to the correct address. You are able to update your online profile by logging into the ACS website, clicking on My Profile, and then My Profile Overview. You will see an edit (pencil) icon in each section. 

Update your profile

Contact the Division of Member Services with any questions at or 800-293-9623.