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First Year Experience - Freshmen Convocation


Convocation serves as the offical academic welcome to West Texas A&M University for the freshman class. The ceremony, modeled after commencement, is designed to set a tone of academic success, formally welcome the incoming class and allows students to envision themselves graduating from WTAMU.

Freshmen Convocation at the First United Bank Center

This year's keynote speaker is Adam Braun, author of The Promise of a Pencil. Braun is a New York Times best-selling author and founder of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning organization that has broken ground on more than 200 schools around the world. In recent years he has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List, Wired's "50 People Who Are Changing the World", and was selected as one of the World Economic Forum's first ten Global Shapers.  Through his book, Braun challenges and empowers students to create their own extraordinary change in the world.

Convocation 2014 is on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. in the
First United Bank Center
Call 806-651-2358 for more information

Past Convocation speakers include:

  • Elie Wiesel, 2007
  • Valentino Deng, 2008
  • Khaled Hosseini, 2009
  • Somaly Mam, 2010
  • Kelsey Timmerman, 2011
  • Eric Greitens, 2012
  • Doc Hendley, 2013

Convocation occurs in the fall semester of each academic year. The ceremony takes place at the First United Bank Center.