Fresno State is breathing new life into a classic University tradition with the launch of the New Student Convocation ceremony at 3 p.m. Aug. 24 at the on-campus Save Mart Center. Thousands of incoming freshmen, transfer and graduate students will officially mark the start of their academic journey at Fresno State and be welcomed as part of the Fresno State community.

“The New Student Convocation is a significant tradition that marks a rite of passage for our incoming students,” said Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro. “It’s been nearly a decade since Fresno State last held a convocation ceremony, and we are excited to bring back the tradition and celebrate the start of this life-changing experience for our students.”

New students are encouraged to meet at 2:30 p.m. at Save Mart Center where they will be greeted by a welcome line of faculty, staff and alumni. Sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, the program kicks off at 3 p.m. and will include remarks from Castro, Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, provost and vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, and Abigail Hudson, president and CEO of Associated Students Inc.

The Bulldog Marching Band will entertain along with student dancers and singers. Dr. Honora Chapman, professor of modern and classical languages and literature, will deliver the keynote address. Jenny Toste, Fresno State’s digital media specialist, will serve as the mistress of ceremonies.

Immediately following the ceremony, a Bulldog Bash after-party with food, music and games will be held in the Student Recreation Center and surrounding the Save Mart Center. Students will receive a free Fresno State T-shirt and other items, and be entered to win prizes.

About 5,700 new freshman, transfer and graduate students will join the University when fall semester instruction begins Aug. 25.

The New Student Convocation is a free event and open to current students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff. Parking for the event is free at designated parking lots near the Save Mart Center and Student Recreation Center. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access can call 559.278.2741.

For more information, contact Jessica Medina at 559.278.0866 or