UT traditions will be explained during the New Student Convocation Sunday, Aug. 26, at 4 p.m. in the Glass Bowl.
University President Sharon L. Gaber will be at the event to greet and address new students.
“New Student Convocation teaches new students about the special traditions that come along with being a Rocket. They will learn about the importance of school spirit and pride,” Ashleigh Wade, associate dean of students and director of conduct and community standards, said. “New students also will be welcomed and inducted into the Rocket family by University leadership, faculty, staff and students.”
Other speakers will include Dr. Andrew Hsu, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, vice president for student affairs; Jason Candle, head football coach; Tod Kowalczyk, head men’s basketball coach; Tricia Cullop, head women’s basketball coach; and Andrew Williams and Sofia Rodriguez, Student Government president and vice president, respectively.
“Dr. Cockrell will discuss the importance of co-curricular learning and taking advantage of University resources,” Wade said.
“Provost Hsu will introduce the college deans and the president of the Faculty Senate,” she added.
Blue Key will perform the national anthem, and Blue Crew, Rocky and Rocksy, the cheerleading squad, and the pep band will teach new students the University’s fight song, “U of Toledo,” as well as spirited cheers and chants.
“This event is a chance for new Rockets to become acclimated with campus life before classes start,” Wade said.
Following the event, participants are encouraged to attend a barbecue in the Flatlands.
If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the New Student Convocation will be moved to Savage Arena, and the barbecue will take place outside the arena.