USF St. Petersburg Welcomes Class of 2021
(Aug. 18, 2017) The University of South Florida St. Petersburg will welcome new members of the Class of 2021 during Move-in Weekend August 18-21. Four hundred new freshmen will join 250 classmates who began taking classes over the summer. On Saturday, USFSP will host a Convocation ceremony for new students and their families at 11 a.m. in the University Student Center.
“Convocation is when we induct students into our academic community,” said Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska. “It’s a chance to remind new first-year students to dream big and to explore the unique opportunities they will have to work closely with their faculty on research or other experiential learning. It’s the start of an exciting college career for these students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college.”
Convocation is the official start to a student’s academic journey. During the ceremony, students participate in the Commitment to Honor and the Presentation of Tassels symbolizing their commitment to graduate in four years. Convocation was instituted in 2004 and this tradition serves as a bookend to Commencement exercises that celebrate a student’s graduation.
“Convocation is a special occasion and gives us the opportunity to welcome students and their families into our beautiful school,” said Jadzia “Jazzy” Duarte, an environmental science and policy major and member of the Week of Welcome “WOW” committee. WOW begins with Move-in Day and offers more than 30 events over the coming week to engage students. With more than 100 student clubs and organizations, USFSP students have many opportunities to get involved and WOW showcases many of them.
“From the moment I arrived at USFSP for a tour, I knew this would be my home for the next four years,” said Richie Marini, a mass communications and political science major. “It was a combination of dedicated student leaders and amazing professional staff members who encouraged me to get involved.”