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Students and their families gather for the pre-Convocation pep rally. Students and their families gather for the pre-Convocation pep rally.

A Fresh Start at State

San Diego State University welcomes new students and their families to campus at New Student and Family Convocation on August 22.
By Mallory Black

San Diego State University is expecting its largest crowd ever at this year’s New Student and Family Convocation on August 22.

University faculty and staff are encouraged to join new students and their families at the 13th annual event, which marks the start of the academic year, on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Viejas Area.

Sponsored and coordinated through the Division of Student Affairs, with partners from across campus, Convocation helps introduce new Aztecs to SDSU faculty, staff and administrators, symbolizing the critical first steps of their college careers.

Embarking on the Aztec Experience

Designed to promote student retention and learning, New Student and Family Convocation is one of many student milestones and traditions along the academic journey at SDSU.

Convocation helps sends a powerful message to students, one that instills the shared values of the university: citizenship, scholarship and leadership. The ceremony encourages growth and development throughout each student’s Aztec Experience.

"While New Student and Family Convocation officially welcomes new students to campus, it also serves as one of the first connections to the university," said Vice President for Student Affairs Eric Rivera. "Research shows that making those connections early is critical, especially within the first six weeks of school when new students are making decisions about their futures at SDSU."

The convocation ceremony will introduce new students to President Elliot Hirshman, Provost and Senior Vice President Chukuka S. Enwemeka and Rivera.

The "Aztec Declaration by New Students" and special pinning ceremony will be led by Blaire Ward, the new Associated Students president. Randall Timm, SDSU’s Dean of Students, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Parents are also welcomed into the SDSU community by participating in a pinning ceremony led by Aztec Parents Advisory Board members, Terry and Theresa Parisher.

Hit the ground running

Prior to the 10:30 a.m. ceremony, new students and families will have the opportunity to participate in the SDSU Band Run, a spirited tradition marking the first trek across campus united as Aztecs, beginning at 8:45 a.m. outside the residence halls.

Led by members of SDSU's marching band and cheerleaders, the Band Run makes its way through campus, with cultural entertainment featured along the route.

The Band Run is open to everyone, whether students are living on or off-campus.

All new students and their families are strongly encouraged to attend New Student and Family Convocation. Current students and other guests are also welcome to attend.

For more information about Convocation, contact the Office of New Student and Parent Programs at (619) 594-1509.