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August 2008

Release Date: Aug. 6, 2008

Convocation to Welcome ASU Students to College Life

Angelo State University’s revamped Fall Convocation Friday, Aug. 22, will mix the pomp and pageantry of a college graduation with the wide-eyed excitement of new students experiencing college life for the first time.

Fall Convocation is the serious component of an otherwise fun-filled and expanded Rambunctious Weekend, which is designed to help new students make friends and feel at ease before they start ASU classes on Monday, Aug. 25.

All students and their families are invited to attend the convocation at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, in the Junell Center’s Stephens Arena.

“Fall Convocation,” said ASU President Joseph C. Rallo, “is our way not only of welcoming all of our students, especially our new students, to campus but also of letting them know that the we – faculty, staff and administrators – are there for them. We want them to understand that our role is to help them succeed.”

New students will be escorted to the arena floor for seating and then faculty in academic regalia will begin a processional as a formal way of greeting the students. Dr. Rallo will lead the platform party to the stage where he will welcome students and their parents as well as address students about what they can expect in the coming years at ASU. The presidents of the ASU Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and Student Government Association will also greet students from the podium.

The convocation and Rambunctious Weekend are part of the university’s efforts to provide a memorable first-year experience for new students. The efforts are aimed not just at creating fond college memories for the students but also at improving their retention at the university.

Said Rallo, “We want our students to look to the future and realize that if they fulfill their responsibilities inside and outside the classroom now, then they will return in a few years to the Junell Center in their caps and gowns to receive their college degrees. Getting students to graduate is how we as a university measure our success and how they as students should measure theirs.”

After the program and the singing of the ASU alma mater, administrators and faculty will lead the recessional from the arena to the sounds of the ASU fight song. New students will follow the faculty out and retreat to the Junell Center Auxiliary Court for PlayFair, a time of games and introductions for new students.

A variety of Rambunctious Weekend activities will follow Friday through Sunday. Friday activities will include cookouts, inflatable games, athletic competitions and movies. Saturday events will include water inflatables and mud games, pep rally, magician and block party. Rambunctious Weekend activities will conclude Sunday with a multicultural reception and a motivational speaker.

ASU classes will begin at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25.