First-Year Student Convocation

All Florida State University Panama City students, staff and faculty are invited to the First-Year Student Convocation ceremony on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. CST in the Russell P. and Mamie V. Holley Academic Center's St. Joe Community Foundation Lecture Hall. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.  There is plenty of free parking on campus.

All newly admitted first-year students are required to attend Convocation (business casual attire is requested), which marks their entrance into the life and traditions of Florida State University Panama City. Family members and friends are also invited to attend. At Convocation, the dean, associate deans, faculty, staff, members of student government and student organizations will welcome new students. The ceremony celebrates the history of Florida State University Panama City’s academic community and calls upon students to make a commitment to live by the values embodied in the torches on the University seal: Vires, Artes, Mores (strength, skill, character). 

Immediately following Convocation, students and their guests are invited to join the deans, faculty, staff, and students for a reception. This is an opportunity to meet new classmates and interact with FSU Panama City’s deans and administrators in a fun and dynamic atmosphere as you become a Seminole of Florida State University Panama City.

Arriving at Convocation:

First-Year Students: Please report to the Holley Academic Center, classroom B107 no later than 12:45 p.m.  Signage will direct you to this room. Students will select a robe and will be lined up by a university administrator prior to entering the Lecture Hall.

Family Members & Other Guests: Family members and other guests will be provided non-reserved seating in the Holley Academic Center Lecture Hall. Please allow time to take your seat and enjoy the musical entertainment that will open the program. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Deans and Faculty in Regalia: Please report to the Digital Design Studio (DDS) in the John and Gail Robbins Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation in the Holley Academic Center no later than 12:45 p.m. After you have your robes on, please assist the incoming first-year students select a robe for the ceremony. Please line up for the processional that will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m.

Dean’s Welcome

Immediately following Convocation, new students and all guests are invited to join Dean Randy Hanna for a reception of light refreshments in the Holley Lecture Hall.

Still Have Questions or Need Assistance?

Please contact us if you need special accommodations or have questions about the event.  FSU Panama City’s Office of Admissions & Records is open Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST.  If you have questions or need further assistance, FSU Panama City students please contact us by phone at 850.770-2160 or email

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