Faculty and staff members may participate in the processional, with faculty wearing formal regalia and staff in business casual attire. Faculty who do not have regalia may still participate in the processional.
The theme for this year’s freshman class is “Service Matters – in My Home, on My Campus, in My Community, Around the World.” In support of that theme, new students will be reading Start Something that Matters by Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes.
The convocation keynote speaker will be William Stoudt, executive director of Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, a nonprofit group he helped form while still in high school after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Stoudt earned degrees in business management and political science from Tulane University, where he facilitated service learning instruction for the school’s Center for Public Service.
Under Stoudt’s leadership, Youth Rebuilding New Orleans has grown into one of the premier volunteer organizations in the region. Stoudt oversees the group’s daily operations, including property acquisitions, construction and accounting, as well as the organization’s service learning curriculum, school outreach and youth development programs.
Convocation speakers also include President David E. Daniel, Executive Vice President and Provost Hobson Wildenthal, and Undergraduate Dean Andrew Blanchard.
To attend, please complete the University Convocation RSVP Form.