Class of 2024 welcomed in virtual Freshman Convocation ceremony

Augusta University‘s Class of 2024 was officially welcomed to campus in the virtual Freshman Convocation ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 9.

The event began with President Brooks A. Keel, PhD., ringing the Arsenal Bell and Dr. Gretchen Caughman, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost,  welcoming students a final time before she begins her retirement.

“I’m so happy to officially welcome you, the Class of 2024 to the Augusta University family and Jaguar Nation,” she said. “The Freshman Convocation is a formal program that many universities hold to mark the official start date of a student’s academic career.”

She also mentioned the core values for this cohort are collegiality and compassion. She hopes these two values will help guide their decisions when interacting with students and the AU community at large.

Keel also gave encouraging words to the freshman class.

“We celebrate these entrances and exits to the university with special ceremonies because you (students) are why we are here. I officially welcome you to Augusta University and I encourage you all to engage and explore as you chart your personal path to success,” he said.

The remaining half of the event included returning students, faculty and staff giving their best wishes and advice to the newest Jags.

The purpose of the AU Freshman Convocation is to establish an academic connection between first-time freshman students and Augusta University by emphasizing our commitment to their academic success.

Learn more about convocation.

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