Convocation

What Do You Wish Someone Had Told You When You Started as New Student at Western? Got a Story to Share?

A Call for New Student Welcoming Convocation Student Speakers

  • Are you interested in addressing the incoming class of students in fall 2018 and sharing with them the unique experiences of being a member of the Western community?
  • Do you have a personal story and advice that would assist incoming students in being successful at Western?
  • Do you believe you can provide a speech with messages that will reach a diverse group of students and which will be attention-grabbing, personally meaningful, engaging and no longer than 4-5 minutes?
  • Will you be of sophomore or senior standing at the start of the fall term?

Then read on…


About New Student Welcoming Convocation

Event Date: September 25, 2018

New Student Welcoming Convocation is a ceremony held each September on the day prior to the start of classes to welcome new students into the Western community.

More specifically, Welcoming Convocation serves three main purposes:

  • To integrate new students into the academic life and community at Western,
  • To convey the values and campus culture that uniquely defines Western, and
  • To create ritual and tradition through an event designed to mirror the memory walk recessional that marks the end of the Commencement ceremony when a student graduates.

What You Need to Do Next

To be considered, you must be available to provide your speech on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 sometime in the hours between 3:00 and 5:00pm. This date is the day prior to the start of classes for the fall term.

If you are interested in being considered to serve as either the sophomore or senior student speaker, you are asked to follow the steps outlined below.


Step 1: Contact the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services

Deb Curry, Administrative Assistant 3
Old Main 445
Phone: (360) 650-2833
Email: Debbie.Curry@wwu.edu

Contact Deb Curry via email by the end of the business day on Friday, April 20, 2018, notifying her that you are interested in submitting a speech sample. Please include your name, W#, email address and a phone number where you can be reached. In addition, please indicate whether you will be of sophomore or senior standing at the start of the fall term.


Step 2: Submit a sample speech for consideration

You are asked to prepare a 3 minute videotaped speech on any topic of your choice and submit it by the end of business on Friday, May 4, 2018. Please submit your video sample (either as an attachment or with a link to your YouTube channel) via email to Debbie.Curry@wwu.edu or deliver a thumb drive to Old Main 445. The video will be reviewed and considered not on the merits of the topic but rather to gain an understanding of your speaking style, your ability to engage an audience, and your comfort level with public speaking.


About the Selection Process

Video submissions will be reviewed and speakers chosen by the Provost and the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services no later than Friday, May 18, 2018.

Individuals selected as speakers will receive assistance, as needed, from the Offices of the Provost and the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services in preparing the final version of their speeches.

All individuals who submit materials will receive notification at the conclusion of the review process.


For More Information
Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services
Old Main 445
(360) 650-3839
Vpsa.office@wwu.edu


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