Approximately 1,900 Marshall University freshmen, escorted by MU police, walked in one large group from the Huntington campus to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center Friday morning via Fourth Avenue for the annual President’s Freshman Convocation.
The format of the convocation, the purpose of which is to formally celebrate the class’s official start as the class of 2019, was altered somewhat this year. One change is that there is a theme this year, which is “My Marshall Story,” and the theme serves three purposes:
1) to celebrate the diverse background of what each person brings to the Marshall family;
2) to celebrate the stories of those who studied at Marshall and how that changed their lives;
3) to tie the convocation theme into the UNI 100 curriculum.
Interim President Gary G. White shared his Marshall story with the students.
“I really enjoyed walking and talking with these 1,900 freshmen who make up the Class of 2019; many of whom are here from countries around the world,” White said. “What a proud time it is for all the parents, no matter if they’re from Logan County or Beijing, China, whose children suddenly are all grown up and can officially be referred to as Marshall University students.”
Other speakers included Kristeena Wright, a Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. candidate from Richmond, Virginia, who shared her Marshall story and talked about how Marshall made a difference for her. This summer, she was among 20 young scientists from colleges and universities across the United States who visited Capitol Hill to meet with senators and representatives about the value of biomedical research.
Carla Lapelle, dean of students, also shared her Marshall story.
The convocation was livestreamed at www.marshall.edu/it/livestream, where the archive may now be viewed.