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The SDSU marching band leads the Band Run toward Hepner Hall. The SDSU marching band leads the Band Run toward Hepner Hall.
 


A New Class of Aztecs

SDSU’s New Student and Family Convocation marks the beginning of life at SDSU for thousands of new students.
By Erik Good
 

“During convocation, we emphasize that our campus culture supports and encourages each student to pursue excellence not only in their academic work, but in all aspects of their life.”

Standing as a bookend to commencement, New Student and Family Convocation marks the formal beginning of life at San Diego State University for incoming first-year and transfer students. This signature event officially inducts SDSU students and family members into the Aztec family and signifies the beginning of their college experience.

The convocation—organized by the Division of Student Affairs in collaboration with partners from across campus—is now in its 15th year.

More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the event, which will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, at Viejas Arena. All students, including new transfer, commuter and residential students and their families, are encouraged to attend.

Embarking on a new academic journey

Each year, convocation promotes tradition and student retention, helping to instill the shared values of the university: citizenship, scholarship and leadership. By highlighting these values, convocation offers one of the first and most memorable opportunities for students and families to learn what it means to be an Aztec.

“During convocation, we emphasize that our campus culture supports and encourages each student to pursue excellence not only in their academic work, but in all aspects of their life,” said Eric Rivera, vice president for Student Affairs at SDSU.

“Our research shows that when education and engagement are enhanced inside and outside of the classroom, students feel a stronger connection to the institution. Making these connections, especially within the first six weeks of school, is crucial for new students who are making decisions about their future at SDSU.”

Rivera, along with SDSU President Sally Roush and Provost and Senior Vice President Chukuka S. Enwemeka, will be in attendance. Associated Students president Chimezie Ebiriekwe will lead a special pinning ceremony called the “Aztec Declaration by New Students,” and Dean of Students Randall Timm will serve as master of ceremonies.

Aztec parents are also welcomed into the SDSU community. Aztec Parents Advisory Board members Stuart and Maureen Nelson will lead a pinning ceremony for parents.

During convocation, Rivera will encourage parents and families to get involved on campus and take an active role in helping their students successfully transition into college life.

Aztecs for Life

New Aztecs are strongly encouraged to show their school spirit by wearing red and black to the annual Band Run, the traditional morning march through the heart of campus held prior to convocation.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., residential students and their families will meet near the residence halls to begin the Band Run.

Commuter students who live off campus are especially encouraged to attend the Band Run. These students will meet in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union courtyard to join the festivities.

With music by the SDSU marching band and encouragement spurred on by the university’s cheerleaders, the Band Run will bring students, families, faculty and staff and others together in a walk through the campus. The group will make its way to Hepner Hall before heading to Viejas Arena for the formal convocation ceremony.

For more information about convocation, contact SDSU’s Office of New Student and Parent Programs at 619-594-1509.