Freshman Convocation

Freshman Convocation is a “Celebration of Learning.” All members of the campus community are invited.

Information on the 2014 Freshman Convocation is coming soon. Check back for further details. 

Read more about the Freshman Common Reading Program

Past Freshman Convocations

2013 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013

6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn;
reception to follow - food and giveaways

Freshman Students

Meet at Matador Square beginning at 5 p.m.

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

"One Amazing Thing," the Freshman Common Reading

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!



You may listen or download the MP3 file below:



To download the MP3 to your computer, right click on the following link, CSUN Alma Mater Music, and choose "save link as" to save to your computer.

If you cannot see the audio player above, you may need to download it. If you are using Internet Explorer please visit Microsoft. If you are using Firefox or Apple Safari, please visit Quicktime.


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

Disclaimer: The New Student Orientation website contains information authorized and available at the time of publication. The content, including dates is subject to change without prior notice or obligation.