This fall you begin the exciting journey toward your Aggie ring and diploma as a member of Texas A&M’s Class of 2016. You’ll learn about our rich history and traditions during Fish Camp and Gig ‘Em Week. Your next step will be to learn what it means to be a member of one of the nation’s largest and most highly regarded communities of learners and scholars at Freshman Convocation. I hope you and your families will join me and many of your future teachers and mentors on August 26 to officially mark your entry into the world of discovery that awaits you.
R. Bowen Loftin ’71
The purpose of Freshman Convocation is to establish an academic connection between freshmen and Texas A&M University. Freshman Convocation fulfills this purpose by ceremoniously recognizing freshmen for having accepted our offer to join the Texas A&M University Community of Learners and Scholars.
The program communicates to students their roles both as people who learn from others and as people who contribute to the vitality of the University. The Convocation also communicates the role of faculty members as scholars, teachers, and fellow member of this community through a keynote address by a selected member of the undergraduate teaching faculty.
Held at Reed Arena, Freshman Convocation provides students with an opportunity to gather with their classmates, recognize the size and strength of their class, and join the Texas A&M University academic community through a major campus event that parallels the joyous and meaningful commencement ceremony that will mark their graduation only a few years in the future.