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Convocation Ceremony Draws Overflow Crowd

By: Sherry Squires   Published 3:38 pm / August 26, 2013

Hampikian at ConvocationA record number of new Boise State students and their families attended Convocation Friday afternoon. More than 2,300 people filled the Morrison Center and overflowed into the lobby.

In addition to learning the ins and outs of university life from their administrators and peers, they were treated to remarks from featured speaker Greg Hampikian, professor of biology and criminal justice.

“I believe most people are capable of creativity,” Hampikian said. “But most people are also capable of juggling potatoes, biking to Florida or dieting. Potential is not progress. Progress requires work, and as we all learned in physics, work requires movement. If you want to create, you will have to move us.

Listen to Hampikian’s full address here.

Convocation serves as Boise State’s bookend to Commencement. Whereas Commencement marks graduation and the accomplishment of completing a degree, Convocation signals the beginning of the student journey.

Following Convocation, new students and their guests took their first steps together as the entering class of 2017 during a ceremonial walk to Bronco Stadium, where they took a commemorative class photo.