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Aug. 16, 2010

UI to welcome Class of 2014 to campus during convocation celebration Aug. 22

The University of Iowa will officially welcome the Class of 2014 to campus with a convocation celebration on the Pentacrest during Welcome Week. The convocation will begin at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, on the west side of the Pentacrest with the ringing of the Old Capitol bell.

The convocation will convey to students the importance of becoming a Hawkeye by describing the IOWA Challenge, a mission statement for UI students that stresses important principles for succeeding in the classroom and beyond.

“I’m thrilled to welcome the Class of 2014 at our convocation ceremony,” said Tom Rocklin, interim vice president of student services. “Convocation asks our newest Hawkeyes to commit to the ideals of the IOWA Challenge: to excel, stretch, engage, choose and serve and it allows faculty and staff to welcome and support our students as they begin their journey at Iowa.”

UI President Sally Mason and Rocklin will give new students an official welcome into the Hawkeye family. Alison Sullivan, a member of the incoming class of 2014, will speak on behalf of her class. The Clinton, Iowa, native earned the honor after winning a YouTube video contest held to pick a first-year student speaker. Current UI student Roberto Paniagua will share his perspective with the incoming class, and Ken Brown, associate professor in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, also will speak.

Beth Ingram, associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of the University College, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the convocation celebration.

“Convocation is a spectacular event that brings students, staff and faculty together in a special way and in a special place – in front of the Old Capitol on the Pentacrest,” Ingram said. “Really, convocation is a symbol of our commitment to our students and their commitment to us and each other – to live and learn together.”

The university’s focus on sustainability will be evident at the ceremony, which will feature reusable signs, banners and bunting. The organizing committee has been working with the UI Office of Sustainability to make sure that as many materials as possible used for the event are either recyclable or reusable. Additionally, recycling and composting stations have been increased for this year’s event, lowering the amount of waste going to the landfill.

Following convocation, there will be a procession to the president's residence for a block party offering free food and entertainment by DJ Zato. The University of Iowa Spirit Squad and members of the Hawkeye Marching Band will help teach students the Fight Song.

Convocation is part of Welcome Week at the UI, Aug. 21-28. For more information on Welcome Week, visit or contact the UI Office of Student Life at 319-335-3059. For more information on the IOWA challenge, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Tom Rocklin, UI Division of Student Services, 319-335-3557; Stephen Pradarelli, University News Services, 319-384-0007; Writer: Kelli Andresen