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Contact: Christine Payton Aug. 8, 2011
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
A new event at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will celebrate new beginnings for incoming freshmen. The New Student Convocation is set for Sunday, Aug. 21 at the Cajundome Convention Center. It will be held from 4 – 6 p.m.

“ Just as we celebrate the successful end of a student’s career at Commencement, we also want to celebrate our students’ new beginnings. Convocation is meant to be a university-wide celebration, and really marks the official beginning of the academic journey for new students on our campus,” said Paul Eaton, director of Orientation at UL Lafayette.

Students will hear from UL Lafayette President Dr. Joseph Savoie, Professor of Political Science Dr. Ryan Teten and Student Government Association President Kylie Templet during the convocation. The theme is “CELEBRATE: Community, Culture and College.”
Eaton said the event gives the university the opportunity to bring the class of 2015 together at one time.

“ It will allow us to communicate the importance of academics, the excitement of campus and the resources we have to offer in a way that we can’t do during traditional new student orientation programs,” said Eaton.

Following the convocation, students will head to Cajun Field for a cookout before athletic Fan Day activities. Members of the university’s Student Orientation Staff and SOUL Camp will give students a tour of campus.

For more information, visit http://ulorientation.com/new-student-convocation.


About UL Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with over 16,000 students. It’s a public institution that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and leads the nation in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns – compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.

Document last revised Monday, August 8, 2011 3:05 PM

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