New Student Convocation Ceremony takes place Saturday in McGuirk Arena


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The inaugural Student Convocation Ceremony for incoming students is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26, in McGuirk Arena.

The convocation, which occurs before Mainstage, will have speakers President George Ross, Provost Michael Gealt and faculty member Dr. Kelly Murphy welcoming students to campus.

The ceremony will include a processional and recessional. Alumnus Mike Zeig, director of university planning at Michigan State will deliver the keynote address.

Zeig was Student Government Association president during his time at Central Michigan University, and is current president of the CMU Young Alumni Board. He graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

“We believe our incoming students will relate well to him and the messages he has to share,” said Heather Smith, director of communications at University Communications.

Students living on campus will walk with their RA's from assigned locations to the event,while those living off campus are recommended to arrive by 3:15 p.m. and can park in Lot 62 W located near the Student Activity Center.

“The goal of this is to create a greater sense of belonging, introduce academic goals and familiarize them with CMU traditions,” Smith said.

A livestream of the convocation is available online and will begin at the start of the event. It can be found by accessing the Office of the President page on the university’s website.

“The goals of the ceremony are to create a greater sense of belonging to our new students, emphasize importance of their academic work, convey our commitment to support them as they pursue their education and familiarize them with CMU’s traditions and customs,” according to a statement on the webpage.

Faculty and staff who wish to be apart of the event can register online, also located on the Office of the President’s university webpage.

Those participating in the Student Convocation Ceremony should arrive at the John G. Kulhavi Events Center by 2:30 p.m. Parking is available for faculty and staff in Lot 61, located west of the building.

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