Texas A&M will officially welcome its Class of 2013 during Freshman Convocation. More than 8,100 freshmen are expected to enroll at Texas A&M this fall, making it one of the largest freshman classes in the nation, university officials note. Fall semester classes begin Monday (Aug. 31).
The ceremony is a formal welcoming of new students with all the pomp and circumstance of the commencement ceremonies that will formally end their time as students a few years hence. From the colorful spectacle of the opening faculty processional to the symbols and traditions of academia and words of encouragement from accomplished professors, the event is planned to be a memorable and exciting start for new Texas A&M students, organizers emphasize.
Mark Holtzapple, professor of chemical engineering, will be the keynote speaker this year. Holtzapple is well known for his passion for teaching and his dedication to students, factors that prompted organizers to ask him to share his thoughts with the incoming Class of 2013.
Just as with commencement ceremonies, parents and families are invited to attend the hour-long convocation program, which also will include remarks by Texas A&M Interim President R. Bowen Loftin.
Faculty members from each academic department join the university president, vice presidents and provost in representing the university's involvement and commitment to its newest students. All faculty representatives will be dressed in full academic regalia.
More information is available at http://www.tamu.edu/freshmanconvocation/index.html