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Freshmen Celebrate Time-honored Tradition

Published: August 27, 2015

Dr. Angela Sikorski, associate professor of psychology and president of the Faculty Senate, leads the faculty processional at the 2015 Freshman Convocation. Dr. Sikorski carried the university’s ceremonial mace, a symbol of university scholarship and integrity since the 11th century that is used to lead the academic procession at commencement and other special ceremonial occasions.

Dr. Angela Sikorski, associate professor of psychology and president of the Faculty Senate, leads the faculty processional at the 2015 Freshman Convocation. Dr. Sikorski carried the university’s ceremonial mace, a symbol of university scholarship and integrity since the 11th century that is used to lead the academic procession at commencement and other special ceremonial occasions.

Texas A&M University-Texarkana freshman celebrated time-honored traditions at Freshman Convocation Sunday, Aug. 23, in Eagle Hall of the University Center.

Convocation is an academic ceremony that traditionally allows newly-matriculated students to join the university community and begin their academic career among their colleagues and professors.

Students heard from professors and other students, as well as university administrators. Students also signed the university matricula, a ceremonial parchment that contains the names of all of the students and alumni since 2010.

Becoming part of the university community is an exciting event in a student’s life, and the role of the Convocation is to solemnize and celebrate that moment.

Dr. Craig Nakashian, assistant professor of history, is chair of the Freshman Convocation Committee.

Students, faculty, their family members and friends enjoy a reception following the traditional Freshman Convocation ceremony.

Students, faculty, their family members and friends enjoy a reception following the traditional Freshman Convocation ceremony.


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