New Student Day at Abington kicks off with academic convocation

Penn State Abington's New Student Day is always busy, exciting, and fun-filled for incoming freshmen. Many activities are planned to help new students find their way around the wooded campus and meet-and-greet their fellow classmates. This year's festivities will start on an academic note as Penn State Abington revives the tradition of the academic convocation -- a formal academic opening of the semester -- starting at 9 a.m., Aug. 19 in the athletic building.

After the procession of faculty in regalia, Karen Wiley Sandler, chancellor of Penn State Abington, will address the students and faculty. Gabriela Vazquez, president of the student government, as well as Debra Casey, assistant professor of business and the faculty convocation speaker, also will address the freshmen class of 2013.

Approximately 900 new students will be walking the paths of the Abington campus this fall as members of the class of 2013. Forty-three percent (385) are female. The majority of freshmen are from Pennsylvania (825), but four are coming all the way from California. There also will be an air of internationalism on campus as 10 students from China, India, Korea and Taiwan are enrolled in classes.

Following the Academic Convocation, New Student Day will continue with fun “ice breaker” activities on the intramural fields and college-life jokes from comedian Michael Dean Ester in Sutherland Auditorium. All faculty and staff are invited to join the new students for a community barbeque at 1:15 p.m. by the duck pond.

Welcome Penn State Abington class of 2013!

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Last Updated August 10, 2009