Convocation Marks a New Beginning for the Class of ’16

President Susan Herbst officially welcomed the incoming class to the University during Convocation. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

President Susan Herbst officially welcomed the incoming class to the University during Convocation. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

On a day that is filled with excitement, laughter, and no small amount of trepidation on the part of incoming students and their parents, there is something both reassuring and inspiring about the gathering that is called Convocation. Held on Friday, Aug. 24 at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, this signature event marked the official welcome to UConn for first-year students, their parents, and family members.

Convocation is the only time prior to graduation that the entire entering undergraduate class gathers as one. It provides time for everyone – students, family members, faculty, and staff – to meet one another, formulate plans for the future, and to think about the collective goals and ideals that define a great University.

Following the ceremony, the Husky WOW! barbeque gave everyone a chance to celebrate the change that was about to begin, for new classmates to find connections, and for families to say good bye (for now) to the members of the Class of ’16.

Interim Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Mun Y. Choi had words of wisdom for members of the Class of 2016. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Interim Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Mun Y. Choi had words of wisdom for members of the Class of 2016. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

 

The UConn Marching Band provided stirring musical selections at Convocation. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

The UConn Marching Band provided stirring musical selections at Convocation. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

 

The start of a new adventure: incoming freshmen were welcomed at Convocation held in Gampel Pavilion on Friday. (Ariel Dowski '14 (CLAS)/UConn Photo)

The start of a new adventure: incoming freshmen were welcomed at Convocation held in Gampel Pavilion on Friday. (Ariel Dowski ’14 (CLAS)/UConn Photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Herbst signs the 'Civility Pledge' during the Husky WOW! barbeque on Fairfield Way following Convocation. UConn's two-week Metanoia on Civility begins on Aug. 29. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

President Herbst signs the ‘Civility Pledge’ during the Husky WOW! barbeque on Fairfield Way following Convocation. UConn’s two-week Metanoia on Civility begins on Aug. 29. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Students celebrate the start of the new semester following Convocation. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Students celebrate the start of the new semester following Convocation. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Fairfield Way was filled with new students, their families, faculty, and staff following Convocation on Friday. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Fairfield Way was filled with new students, their families, faculty, and staff following Convocation on Friday. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)