By Keneisha Deas | firstname.lastname@example.org
More than a dozen new students were recognized during freshmen convocation at the Florida State University Panama City campus Sunday.
Each of them were given a robe to signify their opportunity to academic excellence.
Keynote speakers also gave some 'golden' words of encouragement before classes begin Monday.
"It seems like a wonderful university to attend and a smaller class size just makes it even better," said Engineer major Tasneem Salman.
She believes the small incoming class will make her years more worthwhile.
"Since it's a tighter-knit community I'm expecting more guidance from a lot of people, I mean of course building bonds and relationships with the people I work with hopefully," added Salman.
"Staying here for a year would benefit me by giving me more room to save money for a car, and for living expenses ... I just decided to stay here," said Communications major Jessy Bus.
She plans on later moving the Tallahassee campus.
Interim Dean Randy Hanna is a fresh face on campus as well.
"I'm finishing my first month as the interim dean, so everybody has been welcoming and I'm looking forward to the future," said Hanna.
But, he's dedicated on helping students have a better collegiate experience.
"We're focused on student success, we're focused on helping students achieve their academic goals, we're focused on growing enrollment," said Hanna.
The campus started accepting freshmen students in 2013.
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