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New Student Convocation 2014

New Student Convocation

New Student Convocation 2014 Webcast Available Here!

All new Florida State University students, family members, and current students, staff and faculty are invited to the 2014 New Student Convocation ceremony on Sunday, August 24th at the Donald L. Tucker Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.


All new students must attend Convocation, which marks their entrance into the life and traditions of Florida State University. Family members and friends of new students are also invited to attend. New students will be welcomed by the President, the Provost, deans, and outstanding student leaders. The ceremony celebrates the history of Florida State University's academic community and calls upon students to make a commitment to live by the values embodied in the torches on the University seal: strength, skill, & character.


Convocation will be held in the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center, which is within walking distance from campus. Buses will also be available to shuttle residence hall students and family members from campus residence halls to Convocation at no charge. Buses will run from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. A map of this special convocation bus route and the stops can be found by visiting Convocation Bus Route.

Nearby parking will also be available in FSU parking garage #5 at the corner of Pensacola and Copeland (free) and the Civic Center Parking lot ($8.00 fee). For driving directions, visit Driving Directions to Convocation. The doors will open at 12:00 p.m., pre-Convocation musical entertainment will begin at 1:00 p.m., and the ceremony will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. You are encouraged to arrive early (by 1:00 p.m.) to allow time for seating and the musical entertainment.


Our Convocation Speaker this year is Professor Terry Coonan. Professor Terry Coonan is the founding executive director of the Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, and teaches law, criminology, and film courses at FSU.  Since its founding in 2000, Professor Coonan has led FSU’s interdisciplinary human rights center. An attorney by training, Professor Coonan and the FSU Center continue to provide pro bono legal representation to asylum seekers, torture survivors, and victims of human trafficking throughout Florida. Prior to coming to FSU Professor Coonan did grass roots human rights work with the families of the disappeared in Pinochet’s Chile, and served with the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva and the U.N. High Commission for Refugees in Washington DC. He has also advised U.S. judges on human rights and immigration law through work with the U.S. Justice Department.


In the past decade, Professor Coonan has been one of the leaders in U.S. efforts to combat human trafficking. Research done by the FSU Human Rights Center was the first to systematically bring victims’ voices to the realm of Florida policy making, and Professor Coonan has assisted Florida legislators in drafting Florida’s statutes on human trafficking. In addition to representing survivors of sex and labor trafficking in U.S. courts, he has designed and led trainings for law enforcement, judges, and service providers throughout the country and the international community. Professor Coonan was recently appointed by Attorney General Pam Bondi to serve on Florida’s newly created Human Trafficking Council. In 2012 he was invited to the White House to advise the Obama administration on trafficking policy issues.


Arriving at Convocation:

New Students: New Students will sit in reserved new student seating during Convocation. Please enter the Civic Center using the street level doors at the north entrance of the building; look for signs. Students will be escorted by ushers to their reserved seats. Students should arrive inside the Civic Center by 1 p.m.; travel early (especially if taking the campus shuttle) to allow time to take your seat and enjoy the musical entertainment that will open the program; doors open at 12:00 p.m.

Family Members & Other Guests: Family members and other guests will be provided non-reserved seating at the Civic Center for Convocation. You are encouraged to travel to the Civic Center early (especially if taking the campus shuttle) to allow time to take your seat and enjoy the musical entertainment that will open the program; doors open at 12:00 p.m.


New Student T-Shirt & Backyard BBQ:

Additionally, FSU is providing a FREE FSU academic college t-shirt to each member of the freshman class. These unique shirts will bear the University's academic seal and the name of the academic college which corresponds to the student's major of choice. Each college's t-shirt will also be a different color, making it easy to identify other students who are also majoring in areas in your college. Students are asked to wear their academic college t-shirt to New Student Convocation and the Class of 2018 Backyard BBQ (3 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the President's House) on August 24. Following Convocation buses will be available to transport guests from the Civic Center directly to the President's House.

 Students may pick up their t-shirts at the front entrance of Moore Auditorium in the Oglesby Union on:

  • Wednesday, August 20: 12 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday, August 221 8 AM - 8 PM
  • Friday, August 22: 8 AM - 8 PM
  • Saturday, August 23: 11 AM - 8 PM


Still Have Questions or Need Assistance?

Please contact us if you need special accommodations or have questions about New Student Convocation. Florida State University's Office of New Student & Family Programs is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.If you have questions or need further assistance, Tallahassee-Main Campus students please contact us by phone at 850/644-2785 or email Panama City students contact or by phone at 850/770-2170.


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