Freshman Convocation Signals Start of School Year for Class of 2021


Formal convocation marks the entrance into the life and traditions of being a student at the Florida State University. Sunday afternoon, the class of 2021 joined in this celebration at the FSU Panama City campus. 

Freshman convocation has been a tradition for ages. A tradition that filled the Holley Academic Center Sunday afternoon with families and excited incoming freshman ready to start their collegiate career. 

“What I’m looking forward to the most is really just getting my degree and that sense of accomplishment and doing something with my life,” said Incoming Freshman, Whit Taylor. 

In the past, the ceremony was more of a reception but as of last year, the Dean has made the event more personal. “It’s a big day. It’s a big day for students to start their post secondary career and we wanted to have an event that was personal for the students,” said FSU Panama City Dean, Randy Hanna.

Administrators recognized each freshman and dressed them in robes and academic regalia to signal they are now apart of the Seminole family. 

“That welcome really brings them into the community that we have here on campus and it just shows them that the staff and faculty here, they really care and they want to do all this just for them,” said FSU PC Student Body President, Wiatt Lewis.

Student body president, Wiatt Lewis, gave advice to the incoming class and reflected on his years so far with the University. “They’re going to make life long friends here, I know I did. I hope that they all have a fantastic experience here,” said Lewis. 

The incoming class of 2021 says they can’t wait to begin their collegiate journey at FSU. Classes for these new incoming freshman, as well as other students on campus, begin August 28th at 8am. 


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