For release: August 1, 2008
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey
Freshmen at the University of Memphis will start their great college adventure with
music, spirit, encouragement and information. It’s all part of Freshman Convocation,
set for Monday, Aug. 25. The event begins at 2:12 p.m. (for the class of 2012) in
the Michael D. Rose Theatre. These “centennial seniors” are projected to graduate
in 2012, the 100th anniversary of the University’s founding.
Participants will learn about U of M traditions and get advice on how to be successful
students. Current students and alumni will offer their strategies on how freshmen
can achieve their ultimate goal – graduation. Guests will include City Councilman
Jim Strickland and former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff, who were classmates at the
U of M and now are law partners. Other speakers will include President Shirley Raines,
Provost Ralph Faudree, Vice President for Student Affairs Rosie Phillips Bingham,
and Tiger head basketball coach John Calipari.
Entertainment will be provided by the U of M Pep Band and cheerleaders.
Beginning a new tradition, the freshmen class will gather for a group photo. Students
are encouraged to wear blue for the photo, which will be taken in front of the Administration
Building after Convocation.
Registered student organizations will hold an information fair following the event.
More than 140 clubs support athletics, the arts, community service, cultural awareness,
religious and political activism, the Greek community and academic scholarship.
More information about the U of M is available online at www.memphis.edu.