Convocation, Buckeye style!

Submitted by Jeanne Osborne, osborne.2@osu.edu   

Convocation is a time to welcome our incoming students and introduce them to Buckeye tradition and the college experience. A couple of years ago, we instituted the distribution of Ohio State pins and tassels and the singing of the university alma mater, Carmen Ohio as part of the Convocation experience. This year, we have been brainstorming how we can help our students gain a greater appreciation of their transition from High School to College; and as a result we would like to introduce a new tradition to the Wooster campus Buckeye experience. 
    

We are instituting a pinning ceremony at the beginning of Convocation; and, we are inviting faculty to participate. The details are still being worked out; but in a nutshell, we would like faculty in OSU garb (or Scarlet/Gray if you don't have anything that is OSU or College branded) to join us on the stage in Fisher Auditorium. We plan to lead the students from the lobby to the auditorium in line, have them come onto stage, be pinned by a faculty member, receive their tassel, then proceed to be seated. If possible, we would like to enlist our faculty marshals from graduation to assist with leading the students. And, if there are staff members interested in assisting, we would appreciate help with organizing students, handing pins to faculty, etc. The goal is to help students envisage their graduation ceremony and set them on the path to academic success. 
    
So, if you are interested in participating in the inauguration of this tradition, please contact Jeanne Osborne (osborne.2@osu.edu) by Monday, Aug 6, 2018. Convocation will be held on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 9:30-10:15 AM in Fisher Auditorium.