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New Student Convocation

Since 2007, the New Student Convocation has been an annual celebration of learning, collaboratively planned by Student Affairs and Academic Affairs for the new students entering CSUN each fall. This event serves as a formal welcome extended to the entering class by the President, administration and campus community.  This program has been one of the primary mainstays of the university’s welcome programs signaling the start of each academic year.

This year's New Student Convocation will be held on Thursday, October 13th, 2022 from 5:30pm-6:30pm at the University Library Lawn.

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History & Highlights

Event purpose:  The Freshman Convocation is an annual celebration of learning for all new freshman and transfer students.  A collaboration between the Divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, the event 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. 

Event structure:  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 executives and Deans await the students at the top of the Oviatt Library steps which serve as a symbolic ascent to the campus center of learning at the programs conclusion.

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 Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
2017Bree NewsomeBetween the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
2018Nicole Maines & Wayne MainesBecoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt
2019Lauren MarkhamThe Far Away Brothers by Lauren Markham
2021Patrisse CullorsWhen They Call You A Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele

Past New Student Convocations

2021 New Student Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 30, 2021
6 p.m. - Zoom Webinar
Keynote Speaker - Patrisse Cullors
Video Link: 2021 New Student Convocation

2020 New Student Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 17, 2020
6 p.m. - Zoom Webinar
Video Link: 2020 New Student Convocation

2019 New Student Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 12, 2019
6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn
Keynote Speaker - Lauren Markham
Video Link: 2019 New Student Convocation

2018 New Student Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018
6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn
Keynote Speaker - Nicole Maines
Video Link: 2018 Freshman Convocation

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2017 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017
6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn
Keynote Speaker - Bree Newsome
Video Link: 2017 Freshman Convocation

2016 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 15, 2016
6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn
Keynote Speaker - Jon Ronson
Author of So You've Been Publicly Shamed - the Freshman Common Reading for 2016
Video Link: 2016 Freshman Convocation

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 link: 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 link: 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
Video link: 2011 Freshman Convocation

2010 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 2, 2010
6:00pm - Oviatt Library lawn
Keynote Speaker - Holly Robinson Peete
Actress, Author, Activist & Philanthropist
Video: 2010 Freshman Convocation

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
Video link: 2009 Freshman Convocation

2008 Freshman Convocation

Thursday, Sep. 4, 2008
6 p.m. - Oviatt Library lawn
Keynote Speaker - Barbara Ehrenreich
Author of Nickel and Dimed
Video link: 2008 Freshman Convocation

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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All campus key administrators, faculty and staff are strongly urged to celebrate the arrival of our newest Matadors by participating in New Student Convocation and the reception that follows. For those wishing to participate in the processional with regalia, please contact Sabrina Aguilar at sabrina.aguilar@csun.edu

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.