Thousands of people filled the Roberts Hall lawn today for High Point University’s Convocation Ceremony.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 18, 2019 – More than 7,000 parents, students and
faculty dressed in regalia filled the Roberts Hall lawn at High Point University today. While it looked like a scene from HPU’s graduation, it was the university’s annual Convocation Ceremony, which signals the start of the academic year and sets the stage for the education students will receive in the classroom and beyond.
Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president, addressed 1,500 new students and emphasized that at HPU, they will learn and have the resources to craft lives of not only success, but also significance.
“This is a serious institution with rigorous academics and high level expectations, but it’s also an institution where every student can succeed,” said Qubein. “You’ve chosen to attend an extraordinary university with stellar faculty and dedicated staff. You’ve chosen to attend a premier life skills university focused on your successful future. Our faculty are superb and focused on your education and your development. We will stand by you, and we will march forward with you to make sure your future is bright, promising and significant.”
During the ceremony, a bald eagle soared over the new students to symbolize the ideals of free enterprise, independence and the ability to pursue new opportunities in America. The same bald eagle will soar over the class during their graduation in four years.
It’s tradition for students to receive a blanket at the end of the ceremony, which Qubein encourages them to give to someone who has made an impact on their life, such as a parent, a teacher or a friend.
“Parents, you’ve enrolled your student in an extraordinary university after investing your life bringing your child to this point,” Qubein said to the crowd. “Know that this university is an extension of your home. That’s why you chose it. Make sure your tears today are an expression of joy and pride in which you celebrate all that your student and your family has achieved. You gave your student roots. Today we give them wings.”
Tonight, students will participate in another tradition – the signing of the Honor Code. HPU is a values-based institution, and the University Honor Code signing ceremony sets the tone for academic and personal integrity, character development and the declaration of an honorable community.
A total of 12,000 visitors were brought to the city this weekend for HPU’s annual Welcome Week celebrations, which also welcome returning students and their family members back to campus.
About the Class of 2023:
–They represent 43 states, as well as Washington D.C., and 32 countries.
–25% are from North Carolina, while 75% are from across the nation or the world.
–They include 152 valedictorians, salutatorians, class presidents and vice presidents.
–They include accomplished individuals who have received a variety of awards and honors, such as the DuPont Challenge Essay Science Competition winner, an International History Bowl champion, members of numerous honor societies, and a recipient of three World Equestrian titles.