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Convocation Ceremony

More than 1,800 Initiates will be inducted as Fellow at Clinical Congress 2017. Join your 2017 Initiate class this year as we recognize your achievement!

The 2017 Convocation Ceremony will take place at 6:00 pm on Sunday, October 22 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Guests are also invited to attend. Fellowship will be conferred in absentia upon all Initiates who are unable to attend the ceremony.

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.

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

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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. Clinical Congress hotel and air travel information is available for you convenience. Please visit the International Attendee page for travel tips and visa information.

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Domestic (U.S. & Canada only) Initiates Pay Your Initiate Fee

Domestic (U.S. and Canada only) 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 Welcome YOUR NAME > Pay Your Dues OR go to My Profile > My Profile Overview, and access Pay Your Dues from the quick links box on the left.

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Order Your Convocation Gown

Initiates who attend the Convocation Ceremony are required to rent a Convocation gown ($88) from Herff Jones by September 20. (No refunds on gown rentals will be available after September 30.) Onsite rentals will be available for $100. All gowns will be available for pick up Sunday, October 22, 9:00 am–5:00 pm in Hall G, Ground Level of the San Diego Convention Center.

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Update Your Contact Information

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. BE SURE TO VERIFY YOUR MAILING ADDRESS BY AUGUST 1 to ensure your Welcome Kit and certificate of Fellowship are mailed to the correct address.

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Contact the Division of Member Services with any questions at or 800-621-4111.

Clinical Congress 2017

The Young Fellows Association has picked out some sessions that you might find especially meaningful to your surgical practice, career plans, and life.

Programming for Young Fellows

In addition to the educational program for Clinical Congress 2017, the ACS has a number of special events, sessions, and activities planned for our attendees.

Events & Special Activities


ACS Convocation at Clinical Congress