ASU Starts A New Tradition

August 22, 2004 - Posted at 8:31 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO -- Arkansas State University faculty and staff are starting a new tradition with incoming freshmen by showing them the end first.

This school year will mark they beginning of the first annual, The First Year Convocation. The program is designed to welcome freshmen and their parents to the University. The initial program got underway Sunday night. ASU faculty and staff marched into Riceland Hall in full graduation attire to the beat of an ASU Brass Quintet. "We want the students to see what graduation will look like in four years," said ASU's Dr. Susan Allen. Students were officially welcomed into the Indian family by several speakers who also offered words of advice.

    The First Year Convocation is a much appreciated moment of truth for parents. "We're used to a small school where the staff kept parents informed and it seems like that's what they're doing here, keeping parents informed," said Phillip Davis, a new ASU Parent. Students, Parents and staff members mingled during a reception in the Grand Hall. Hopefully,thanks to the Convocation from here on out parents will find going home without their kids a little easier.