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Freshman Convocation

The Freshman Convocation is an annual celebration of learning which is a collaboration of Student and Academic Affairs for the first time freshman class.  It connects the concepts of in-classroom  and out-of- classroom learning by focusing on the Freshman Common Reading. The Freshman Convocation committee will first seek to have the book’s author serve as the keynote speaker. It is also intended as a formal welcome extended to the class by the President, administration and campus community. 

The New Student orientation leaders guide the freshman class on a symbolic journey that attempts to unify the class and teach them the campus symbols and rituals. The freshman class is assembled in Matador Square and led down Matador Walk to the Oviatt Library Lawn by a processional of Associate Deans, faculty and student leaders.  The campus College Deans and academic executives await the students at the top of the Oviatt Library steps. At the end of the program students ascent the steps which serves as a symbolic gesture of campus learning.

A successful student or alumnus is chosen to provide a brief speech of practical advice;  original march music ("March of the Matadors") was created for the inaugural event in 2007; the souvenir program introduces the new Matadors to the campus symbols and traditions; though attendance at the Convocation is “strongly encouraged” and promoted throughout Orientation, the collaboration with University Housing and inclusion in the syllabus and assignments for the university 100 program serve as strong incentives for attendance; the University’s Intercollegiate Athletes have also made an annual commitment to attend for their personal experience and to promote attendance at athletic events; when possible, the keynote speaker is also asked to provide an informal discussion for faculty prior to Convocation and to sign copies of their book at the reception.

2016 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, September 15, 2016
6:00 p.m. - Oviatt Library Lawn.
Keynote Speaker: Jon Ronson

Freshman are asked to arrive at 5:30pm to Matador Square (across from the Matador Stature). Processional line up will being at 5:45

Continuing Students are also welcome to join the fun by simply coming to the Oviatt Lawn prior to 6:00 p.m.  Once freshman guests are seated, the remaining chairs will be available for guest seating.  Seating in this area may be limited.  However all guests are also welcome to watch from the Sierra Quad Lawn. 

Reception following Freshman Convocation: The Convocation Program will end at approximately 7:15 p.m. and will be immediately followed with a reception on the Oviatt Library South Portico.  Refreshments and entertainment will be provided, and all are welcome to attend and author Jon Ronson will be signing copies of his book. 

Faculty & Staff Participation Information

Information for members of the Platform Party

Information for Faculty, Staff, and Administrators

Join Keynote Speaker Jon Ronson for a Pre-event DiscussionOur keynote speaker, author Jon Ronson, will lead an informal discussion of his book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed at 4:00 p.m. in the Oviatt Library’s Ferman Presentation Room.  

Reception following Freshman Convocation: The Convocation Program will end at approximately 7:15 p.m. and will be immediately followed with a reception on the Oviatt Library South Portico.  Refreshments and entertainment will be provided, and all are welcome to attend and author Jon Ronson will be signing copies of his book. 

History

Begun in 2007, 2015 marked the ninth annual Freshman Convocation.  This program is distinguished by its past keynote speakers and by its recognition by the campus receiving the CSUN Team Award in 2008 which noted the campus-wide collaboration and involvement required to plan and to execute the event annually.

YEARKEYNOTE SPEAKERFRESHMAN COMMON READING BOOK
2007Robert F. Kennedy Jr.The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
2008Barbara EhrenreichNickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
2009Steve LopezThe Soloist by Steve Lopez
2010Holly Robinson-PeeteThe Curious incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
2011Jeannette WallsThe Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2012Chitra DivakaruniOne Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni
2013Edward HumesGarbology by Edward Humes
2014Drew MagaryThe Postmortal by Drew Magary
2015David LevithanEvery Day by David Levithan
2016Jon RonsonSo You've Been Publically Shamed by Jon Ronson

Past Freshman Convocations

2015 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 10, 2015

6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn

Keynote Speaker -

David Levithan

Author of “Every Day,” - the Freshman Common Reading for 2015

Video Link: 2015 Freshman Convocation

 

2014 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 4, 2014

6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn

Keynote Speaker -

Drew Magary 

Author of “The Postmortal ,” - the Freshman Common Reading for 2014

Video Link: 2014 Freshman Convocation

 

2013 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013

6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn

Keynote Speaker -

Edward Humes

Author of “Garbology,” - the Freshman Common Reading for 2013

Video: 2013 Freshman Convocation

 

2012 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 6, 2012

6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn

Keynote Speaker -

Chitra Divakaruni

Author
 of "One Amazing Thing," - the Freshman Common Reading for 2012

Video: 2012 Freshman Convocation

 

2011 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 8, 2011

6:00pm - Oviatt Library lawn

 

Keynote Speaker -

Jeannette Walls

Author of "The Glass Castle" – the Freshman Common Reading for 2011-2012

 

2010 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 2, 2010

6:00pm - Oviatt Library lawn

 

Keynote Speaker -

Holly Robinson Peete

Actress, Author, Activist & Philantropist

 

2009 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 3, 2009

6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn

Keynote Speaker - Steve Lopez

Author of "The Soloist," the
Freshman Common Reading for 2009-2010

 

2008 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 4, 2008

6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn

Keynote Speaker - Barbara Ehrenreich

Author of "Nickel and Dimed"

Alma Mater Music

Hail to the Matadors

By Richard Kaufman

 

Hail to all the Matadors


And to our school so dear.

As we move along the road of life,

let us keep from doubt or fear,

For the knowledge which we find here,

for all who urge us on.


The spirit of the red and white


Will brighten every dawn.

 

Where the sun is shining


And where truth leaves an open door,


to honor Strong and Courage Tall

We hail our Matador!

 

 

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Freshman Common Reading

 

 

It's official: the 2016-2017 Freshman Common Reading will be So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson.

This non-fiction book examines the contemporary phenomenon of internet shaming. Ronson explores what happens when "citizen justice" gets rolling on social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.). At first he thinks public shaming is "the democratization of justice" (10). But he gradually discovers something very different:  "You don't have any rights when you're accused on the Internet.  And the consequences are worse.  It's worldwide forever" (90).

 

For more information, contact the Office of Student Involvement and Development at (818) 677-4100. Ask to speak to someone regarding the Freshman Convocation.

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