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Florida State University

Convocation 2017 Sunday, August 27 New Student & Family Programs


All new Florida State University students and staff and faculty are invited to the 2017 Convocation ceremony on Sunday, August 27th at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.

All new students are invited to attend Convocation (business casual attire is requested – no large bags or backpacks are allowed), which marks their entrance into the life and traditions of Florida State University. Family members and friends of new students are also invited to attend. At Convocation, new students will be welcomed by the President, Provost, academic Deans, and current student leaders. The ceremony celebrates the history of Florida State University’s academic community and calls upon students to make a commitment to live by the values embodied in the torches on the University seal: strength, skill, & character.

Convocation will be held in the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, which is within walking distance from campus. Buses will also be available to shuttle students from residence halls to Convocation at no charge. Buses will begin running at 12:15 pm. A map of this special convocation bus route and the stops can be found below.

Nearby parking will also be available in FSU parking garage #5 at the corner of Pensacola and Copeland (free) and the Civic Center Parking lot ($8.00 fee). For driving directions, visit Driving Directions to Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. The doors will open at 12:30 pm, pre–Convocation musical entertainment will begin at 1:00 pm, and the ceremony will take place from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. You are encouraged to arrive by 1:00 pm to allow time for seating and the musical entertainment.

Arriving at Convocation:

New Students: New Students will sit in reserved seating during Convocation. Please enter the Civic Center using the street level doors at the north entrance of the building; look for signs. Students will be escorted to their seats by ushers, and students should arrive inside the Civic Center by 1:00 pm. Travel early, especially if taking the campus shuttle, to allow time to take your seat and enjoy the musical entertainment that will open the program. Doors open at 12:30 pm.

Family Members & Other Guests: Family members and other guests will be provided non-reserved seating at the Civic Center for Convocation. Doors open at 12:30 pm.

Guest Speaker: Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam was elected to serve a second term as Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture on November 4, 2014, and was sworn into office on January 6, 2015. In this capacity, he oversees the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and serves as a member of Florida’s Cabinet.

Commissioner Putnam’s priorities include fostering the growth and diversification of Florida agriculture; expanding access to Florida’s abundance of fresh produce, seafood and other products; securing a stable, reliable and diverse supply of energy; protecting the quantity and quality of the state’s water supply; and safeguarding consumers from deceptive business practices.

Commissioner Putnam is also focused on creating opportunities for our nation’s wounded veterans to hunt, fish and participate in other outdoor activities on Florida’s public lands. More than 3,000 veterans have enjoyed recreational opportunities on Florida state forests through Operation Outdoor Freedom, a program of the Florida Forest Service he established in 2011.

Previously, Commissioner Putnam served five terms as Congressman for Florida’s 12th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was recognized as a leader on a variety of issues, including water, energy and government transparency and efficiency. Commissioner Putnam was acknowledged for his efforts to bring comprehensive restoration to the Everglades, reform food safety laws, modernize programs to ensure Florida agriculture remains a leader throughout the nation, and increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables to counter childhood obesity.

While in Congress, Commissioner Putnam was elected by his peers to serve as the Republican Policy Chairman during the 109th Congress and Chairman of the House Republican Conference for the 110th Congress, the highest elected leadership position any Floridian of either party has held in Washington. Commissioner Putnam also served as a member of the House Committees on Government Reform, Agriculture, Rules and Financial Services.

Before he was elected to Congress, Commissioner Putnam served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1996 to 2000. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in food and resource economics.

Commissioner Putnam is a fifth-generation Floridian who grew up in the citrus and cattle industry. He and his wife, Melissa, have four children.

President’s Welcome

President's Welcome: Student Life Takes FlightImmediately following Convocation, new freshman and transfer students are invited to join President John Thrasher and First Lady Jean Thrasher for a reception featuring Seminole spirit and entertainment. You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to meet your new classmates and interact with FSU’s Deans and administrators in a fun and dynamic atmosphere. Let your “Student Life Take Flight” as you become a Seminole of Florida State University.

Still Have Questions or Need Assistance?

Please contact us if you need special accommodations or have questions about Convocation. Florida State University’s New Student & Family Programs is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you have questions or need further assistance, Tallahassee–Main Campus students please contact us by phone at 850.644.2785 or e-mail

Live Convocation Webcast

Watch the 2017 New Student Convocation Webcast here:


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