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New Student Convocation 2015

New Student Convocation



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 23rd 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.


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 & President's 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 President's Backyard BBQ (3 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the President's House) on August 23. 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 19: 12 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday, August 20 8 AM - 8 PM
  • Friday, August 21: 8 AM - 8 PM
  • Saturday, August 22: 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.


New Student Convocation 2014 Webcast




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