Initiated in 1994 and open to all incoming undergraduate (freshman and transfers) students and their parents and family members, New Student Convocation is a ceremony to officially welcome new students to Georgia Tech. There are four overarching purposes for this event:
1. To inspire students
2. To welcome students to the Georgia Tech community
3. To acquaint students with Tech's mission and traditions
4. To serve as a rite of passage for entering students
Just as Commencement is a ceremony that marks the completion of study, New Student Convocation celebrates a student's entry into higher education. It is also one of the first formal events where the Institute's President will address new students and their families and welcome them to Tech's academic community.
The Sophomore Welcome is a Tech Tradition that was proposed by students in 1995 and remains one of the highest honors a rising sophomore can receive. Each year an outstanding member of the current freshman class (rising sophomore class) is chosen by a committee of faculty and staff to deliver the Sophomore Welcome at Convocation. Previous recipients of this honor are listed below.
2012: Alyssa Monserrate
2011: Norquata Allen
2010: Merry Hunter Hipp
2009: Jeremy Feaster
2008: Kristina Self
2007: KC Young and Alina Staskevicius
2006: George Ray
2005: Eli Riddle
2004: Laura Janet
2003: Allison Passione
2002: Steven Schneider
2001: Cassie Pope
2000: Sara Cames
1999: Corrine Batchelor
1997: Anita Sethna
1996: Drew Frazer
1995: Jennifer Stancil
Click on the year below to see the Convocation Program.
Each Year, the Georgia Tech Alumni Association's Living History program creates a special video, specifically for the incoming class, that is shown at New Student Convocation. Below are the videos for the 2007, 2008, and 2009 ceremonies.