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New Student Convocation



Their journey begins here…

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. 




Keynote Address: 

Western Carolina University is proud to welcome new students each year with an inspiring keynote address, delivered by prestigious nationally renowned speakers.

Candle Lighting


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 WCU Chancellor, Dr. Kelli Brown

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 t-shirt and have their official class photo taken!

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