Towson celebrates new students at convocation

By: Taylor DeVille, staff writer

The new class of 2020 had an average high school GPA of 3.59 and comes from 32 different states and 26 foreign countries.

The 2,771 freshmen and 2,210 transfer students were selected from a pool of around 16,000 applicants, according to Director of Admissions David Fedorchak.

Those filled SECU arena to celebrate their class and all they would achieve on Friday, Aug. 26 for their convocation.

When Provost Tim Chandler took the stage in SECU, he reminded students that, now that they’re in college, they’re responsible for their lives.

 “Be the author of this chapter of your life and take charge of your education here,” Chandler said.

 President Kim Schatzel had her own advice: “Meet someone new, learn something new, try something new every day.”

Towson President Kim Schatzel at convocation.
Towson President Kim Schatzel at convocation.

Schatzel asked students to start a new tradition with her by rubbing the ear of one of the bronze tiger statues around campus “for good luck” before the start of classes.

 Student Government Association President Taylor James said a few words on the importance of overcoming obstacles, stating “If you can master the art of resilience, you’ll find an abundance of success.”

Freshman Ryan Watkins closed convocation by singing Towson’s Alma Mater.

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