FIU officially welcomed the Class of 2017 during Freshman Convocation Sunday, Aug. 26, a day before the start of Fall classes. More than 1,600 freshmen packed the U.S. Century Bank Arena, celebrating the start of their college careers with their peers and their families.
The annual event is a formal welcoming of new students. From the colorful spectacle of the opening processional to heartfelt words of encouragement from university leaders, the event is meant to inspire and empower new students. A dramatic passing of the Torch of Knowledge, Service and Understanding with several incoming freshmen is a highlight of the event.