(Aug. 26, 2014) -- Approximately 5,000 new UTSA undergraduate students gathered at the Fall Convocation ceremonies on Aug. 25 to kick off their first year at UTSA. The ceremony, an official part of the annual UTSA Roadrunner Days, was conducted at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Convocation Center on the Main Campus to accommodate the large number of incoming freshmen and transfer students.
Running Aug. 22-29, Roadrunner Days events and activities give students an opportunity to take part in time-honored UTSA traditions and connect with UTSA resources.
At Fall Convocation, UTSA officials welcomed the students, introduced them to university traditions and encouraged them to graduate in four years. The students also practiced the Roadrunner Creed, UTSA Fight Song and Alma Mater.
This year's speakers included UTSA President Ricardo Romo, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Frederick, College of Business Associate Dean Lisa Montoya and UTSA Student Government President Zack Dunn. A free luncheon for the entire UTSA community was provided on the Convocation Center east lawn from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
UTSA PlayFair was presented at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Campus Recreation Center. The team-building event immersed students in UTSA's vibrant student life. In the sessions, students learned about registered UTSA student organizations, played a variety games and met fellow students.
For more information and the event schedule, visit the UTSA Roadrunner Days website.
Share your Roadrunner Days experiences using hashtag #UTSARRDAYS.
Successful first-year students at UTSA are those who learn how to utilize resources, recognize and resolve problems, and prepare themselves to take advantage of their time on campus. The Student Success Series promotes this achievement by offering workshops on the common concerns and questions first-year students have during their transition to university life.
University Center Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The Fraternity & Sorority Councils New Member Information Session gives students information about the diverse organizations, their membership requirements, the benefits of joining a fraternity or sorority, as well as discussing important information about hazing guidelines and the responsibilities of joining these types of organizations.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
Come be a part of your official Class of 2021 picture! The entire freshmen class gather at the Recreation Field Complex which some may know as the UTSA Football Practice Field behind the Softball Complex and Alvarez Hall.
Recreation Field Complex, Main Campus
Come show your Roadrunner Spirit by joining our very own Rowdy, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band (SOSA), your fellow students, faculty and staff as we light the Monument at our Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight to mark the start of a new academic year.
John Peace Blvd. entrance, Main Campus
Join President Eighmy for this celebration to kick off the new school year. The event will feature live musical performances and a free BBQ dinner.
Convocation Center Lawn, Main Campus
Join fellow Roadrunners on the Downtown Campus for this free BBQ dinner.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
New and returning graduate students are encouraged to stop by before going to class to learn more about what UTSA has to offer, participate in fun activities, listen to music, connect with peers and enjoy refreshments.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Students are invited to attend the Fraternity|Sorority Life Informational Sessions and Mix & Mingle. This is an opportunity for students to meet-and-greet members of the Fraternity/Sorority Life community, and get together with your new Roadrunner friends.
UC Travis and Harris Rooms (HUC 2.202 and HUC 2.212) then UC Lawn, Main Campus
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