Convocation with concert, barbecue to welcome incoming freshmen

August 19, 2010 | Events, UToday
By Christian Stewart

The University of Toledo will welcome new students to campus with a hip-hop show as part of the New Student Convocation.

Chiddy Bang

Chiddy Bang

The annual ceremony, scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, in Savage Arena, will be followed by an after-party with an outdoor barbecue and concert.

UT and student leaders, as well as distinguished faculty members and the Rockets’ football and basketball coaches, will address new students at the convocation. The ceremony serves as an induction to the University.

“The purpose of convocation is to welcome new students to the University and get them started off on their academic journey, as well as to indoctrinate them in campus culture,” said Whitney Walker, assistant director in the Office of New Student Orientation Programs.

Directly following the ceremony, the barbecue and concert featuring hip-hop group Chiddy Bang will be held. This group, chosen by UT Student Government and Campus Activities and Programming, is based out of Philadelphia and will stop in Toledo as part of its Swelly Life Tour.

Chiddy Bang, which puts rap to an electronic beat, recently had their single, “Opposite of Adults,” in the UK’s Billboard top 20 songs. The group will release its debut album with Virgin Records Aug. 24.

“There are 30 to 40 programs like this one geared for new students the first few weeks of school,” said Jessica Merritt, program manager for the Office of Student Involvement.

Other events include a Club UT dance party, a student activities fair to get new students acquainted with the different campus organizations, the President’s backyard barbecue, Tug O’ War hosted by Greek Life, and a fall festival that will showcase several up-and-coming bands. Click here to read more about these events and others.

“We want new students to get involved socially and academically in a positive way,” Merritt said.

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