Photos by Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services
WSU’s annual convocation ceremony, held Aug. 22,  provided an official welcome for university freshman and transfer students, as well as new faculty and parents.
In many ways this ceremony marks the beginning of the collegiate journey and ushers individuals into the community of scholars. Some elements of convocation resemble commencement (graduation) which marks the culmination of education at Washington State University. 
Instead of a diploma, students receive a special entering year pin at convocation.
In academia, the word “convocation” refers to a ceremonial assembly of the members of a college or university. Traditionally, academic convocations celebrate special events such as the beginning of the academic year or the anniversary of an institution.
Bagpipers lead the way into Convocation.
Faculty Senate Chair William Cofer presenting university mace.
New Provost Steven Hoch addresses the audience.
Sydney Wheeler, junior in political science, highlights
student involvement.
Palouse Falls Inter-Tribal Drum Corps perform during ceremony.
New students receive WSU pins.
 WSU marching band leads the fight song.