NEW ORLEANS, LA - After the school was forced to close down last fall due to the pandemic, the University of New Orleans held a new student convocation at the Lakefront Arena on August 13 to welcome the Class of 2025.
The new student convocation is held annually to commemorate the start of a new school year for the new students. This year's event included the faculty marching in full academic regalia while playing the sound of "Pomp and Circumstance" throughout the arena.
Among the first-year students who waited to entered the arena was Thomas Tran and Sophia Cao. They both said that they were anxiously waiting for their college journey. Both Tran and Cao met in elementary school and are planning to major in nursing.
All of the students who attended wore masks and received free T-shirts and orientation information from the University of New Orleans. The ceremony was also attended by President John Nicklow, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students Carolyn Golz, and Student Government Association president Amber Lemelle, and all of them gave speeches.
In the speech, President Nicklow praised the students for their achievements so far, and that they have taken "a leap toward enrichment." But he added that there is still much work to do and that he reminds them that there will be struggles and they would need to make sacrifices in the future. But he assured them that the school would support them with whatever they need.
Meanwhile, Vice President Golz encouraged the students to get out of their comfort zones and participate in campus activities. He advised them to not be afraid to ask for help and be friendly towards others.
The first day of classes for the fall semester will start on Monday, August 16.
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