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University-wide Welcome for American University's Newest Students

New Traditions Established at AU

WHAT:    American University’s Opening Convocation – formal kick-off of new academic year

WHO:        President Neil Kerwin, Scholar-Teacher of the Year Mieke Meurs,
Student Government President Andrew MacCracken, and the class of 2013

WHEN:    10:30 a.m., Friday, August 21

WHERE:    American University Quad and Bender Arena, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

DETAILS:    Photo opportunity at 10:45 a.m. as the class of 2013 walks through AU’s main gate on Massachusetts Avenue for a symbolic entrance to begin their college journey.

WASHINGTON, D.C (August 20, 2009)—On Friday, August 21, American University’s Class of 2013 will begin their AU journey with a new set of student centered traditions. Freshmen will participate in a processional led by bagpipers and fellow students bearing the class banner through the Glover Gate (Massachusetts Avenue) entrance to campus. The processional ends at Bender Arena, where faculty and staff will greet AU's newest students.

The ceremony will include remarks by President Neil Kerwin, Provost Scott Bass, Vice President of Campus Life Gail Hanson, Alumni Association Vice President Erin Fuller, and Student Government President Andrew MacCracken. Professor of economics and 2009 Scholar-Teacher of the Year Mieke Meurs will give the keynote address, and AU’s male a cappella group, On a Sensual Note, will help teach freshmen the AU Fight Song. The event will conclude at noon.
AU’s Welcome Weeks, during which the university welcomes new and current students to campus, continue through the Labor Day weekend. This welcome period helps students get acclimated to campus and begin their AU experience. Since their arrival on Aug. 15, freshmen have participated in a variety of first-year student programs to immerse them in the AU and Washington, D.C., communities, including the Freshman Service Experience and Discover DC. Classes begin Monday, August 24. 

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.