Clayton State University’s freshmen class gathered Friday, Aug. 14 in Spivey Hall for the 10th Annual New Student Convocation. The ceremony marked the decade milestone in the history of Clayton State’s New Student Convocation program, as well as a milestone in the lives of the freshmen attending.
“This is a celebration of welcoming you on another part of your journey,” began keynote speaker and Clayton State President Thomas J. Hynes, Jr. “We congratulate you as you advance over the next four years as graduates from Clayton State University.”
The New Student Convocation is a time when faculty, staff and all new students assemble to mark the beginning of a new academic year. It is a formal ceremony intended to inspire, motivate and officially welcome new students. Hynes offered encouraging words – in the form of a “Top 10” list – and fellow students, an alumnus and administrators offered advice to the Class of 2019.
Alumnus Billy Evans shared the “Three G’s” – Get involved, Go to class, and Get to know your faculty, staff and advisors; student Soletia Owens encouraged students to use campus resources to make dreams real; and student Briana Evans-Lopez reminded students to never be afraid to ask for help.
While Hynes kept students engaged with pop culture references to Pitbull, “Rocky III,” and “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” the tone of the convocation reflected Clayton State’s deep commitment to student success and the University’s supportive community.
‘This may be the only time in your lives where you can spend it learning and questioning,” Hynes says. “Asking a question shows your interest in the material these faculty have spent a lifetime learning.”
Students were encouraged to reach out to their professors and campus resources like the Center for Advising and Retention, Center for Academic Success, Career Services, and Counseling and Psychological Services.
Following the ceremony, students attended a brunch and the Party for Good, a combination service initiative and party designed to benefit local and national non-profits and programs. The freshmen class begins its journey towards commencement today as fall semester begins at Clayton State.