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Welcoming students to the Auburn Family


First Year Convocation 2013

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A Division of Student Affairs event formally welcomed more than 3,800 freshmen and 1,100 transfer students into the Auburn University Family as members of the 2013 first-year class.

First Year Convocation 2013

Following Convocation, students are invited to a celebration on the arena greenspace with a picnic dinner, live music and of course, Aubie!

In its fourth year, Convocation marks the beginning of the first-years' college careers and connects new students with the university.

"Convocation brings all the students together for the first time as a class," said Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Jon Waggoner. "Students now realize this isn't high school—this is college. They have personal responsibility of their own and we are challenging them to become Auburn men and women."

The annual ceremony is held in the Auburn Arena and split into two segments. The formal ceremony communicates students' roles as members of the Auburn Family. It consisted of speakers Provost Timothy Boosinger, Waggoner, Vice President for Alumni Affairs Debbie Shaw and Student Government Association President Harrison Mills. Students are presented with a pin that inducts them into the university and serves as a recognizable symbol among students and graduates.

First Year Convocation 2013

Cheerleaders and Aubie help ignite the Auburn Spirit at this year’s convocation.

The second part follows the pinning ceremony and ignites the Auburn Spirit through a pep rally. The marching band, Aubie and the cheerleaders lead the students in cheers and teach them the fight song. New Auburn baseball and softball coaches Sunny Golloway and Clint Myers also attended and spoke to the students.

At the conclusion of Convocation, students are invited to a post-celebration on the Arena greenspace with a picnic dinner and live music.

By Chelsea Payne and Eric Savage, Division of Student Affairs

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