Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Freshmen Learn Traditions, Get Into the Spirit at Convocation

KINGSVILLE - August 20, 2009

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590

Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host Freshman Convocation at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, in Steinke Physical Education Center to welcome new students to the campus and to college life.

“The purpose of convocation is to welcome new students to the university and while doing so, to introduce important traditions to the newest members of the campus community,” said Dr. Dann Brown, dean of University College and chair of the convocation committee.

“This year’s convocation committee intends to accomplish part of this task by providing new students with the opportunity to observe and better understand the importance of traditions associated with higher education.”

Due to a cancellation, this year’s keynote speaker will be announced at a later date.

Brown said many universities integrate programs like Freshman Convocation into their first-year experience program. “Freshman Convocation provides a formal welcome to new students that introduces important traditions and establishes a ceremonial separation from the high school environment. It provides our university with an opportunity to introduce campus traditions to new students and demonstrates our commitment to student success at A&M-Kingsville.

“Freshman Convocation is linked to our student’s eventual graduation from A&M-Kingsville,” Brown said. “This message, that the goal of obtaining a college degree is attainable on our welcoming campus, is conveyed symbolically as faculty, staff, students, family and guests participate in convocation.”

Following the presentation of the colors by the Javelina Battalion of the ROTC, Frank Ureno, dean of students, will lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Other speakers on this year’s program will be Dr. Rex Gandy, provost and vice president for academic affairs, who will provide opening remarks. Dr. Steven Tallant, president, will officially welcome the freshman class on behalf of the university community.

Dr. Thomas A. Fields, interim associate vice president for research and graduate studies, will discuss the significance of the academic regalia worn by faculty. Dr. Terisa Remelius, vice president for student affairs, will introduce the keynote speaker. Kenneth Nelson, president of the Student Government Association, will lead students in reciting the Javelina Pledge, a tradition initiated at the first Freshman Convocation held at the university in 1999.

All students are invited to attend the convocation, and attendance is required for freshmen enrolled for the first time in the fall semester. Parents and other family members also are invited.

For more information call 361-593-3290.

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