New Student Convocation



Their journey begins here…

August 18th at 5:30pm
Ramsey Regional Activity Center

New Student Convocation is an important event that marks the official welcome to the university. We are excited to congratulate and celebrate the arrival of WCU's new students with an event they will not forget. Please join our new Catamounts to honor this milestone event and also enjoy the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker: Mr. Jordan Carlos!


Jordan Carlos 

Jordan Carlos

Convocation 2017 Keynote Speaker

Jordan Carlos is a stand-up comic and television personality who is best known for his work as a writer and on-air contributor for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, The Colbert Report, MTV's Guy Code, Girl Code and Guy Court. He has also appeared on hit series such as HBO's Girls, Showtime's The Affair, and Comedy Central's Broad City. Jordan lives in Brooklyn, NY and continues to perform his insightful and hilarious stand-up comedy in venues across the country.

New Student Convocation ceremony


New Student Convocation is an important event that marks the official welcome to the university. WCU Chancellor, Provost, Deans, Faculty, and staff convene to help mark the significance of this occasion.  Convocation is our official welcome and Commencement is our official congratulations – you did it!

What to Expect:

The Academic Processional
Led by Chancellor David O. Belcher(a preview of what is to come at your graduation ceremony!)

An inspiring keynote address from Jordan Carlos.
A graduate of Brown University, Carlos was recently nominated for Best Male Comic of the Year.

The Pride of the Mountains Marching Band
The band will perform and introduce you to the WCU alma-mater, inviting you to join them in singing along.

Candle Lighting Ceremony
A beautiful and symbolic tradition with the Academic College Deans and your upper-class peers The candle lighting represents faculty and students acting together to achieve enlightenment through acquisition of knowledge. Once lit, the candles serve as a reminder of your pride in Western Carolina University and its permanent place in your heart.

Banner Signing
New students will each sign the Student Community Creed. By signing this Creed, you are signifying that you are joining a community of scholars who will cherish your education and give back to this great institution and our community.

Class Photo
New Students will dismiss to the football field where they will be given a class of 2020 t-shirt and have their official class photo taken!

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