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Recent Sightings Recent sightings: Chancellor’s Convocation

September 1, 2015

For thousands of students new to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the Wisconsin Experience officially begins when they meet Chancellor Rebecca Blank at the Kohl Center. Amidst the hubbub of getting adjusted to new roommates and buying supplies, the Chancellor’s Convocation offers a chance for first-year and transfer students to come together as a class, experiencing the traditions of the UW–Madison campus. The event, presented through the Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE), took place Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the Kohl Center.

Photos by Bryce Richter/University Communications

Photo: Aaron Bird Bear

Aaron Bird Bear, interim assistant dean of Student Diversity Programs in the School of Education, addresses the crowd.

Photo: Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank speaks to incoming freshmen and transfer students at the traditional annual event.

Photo: Patrick Sims

Patrick Sims, vice provost and chief diversity officer, takes his turn at the podium.

Photo: Hiwot Adilow

Hiwot Adilow, a junior in the College of Letters & Science and First Wave Scholar, engages the students.

Photo: Students listening to speaker

Thousands of students donned Badger red for their introduction to the university.

Photo: Students singing ’Varsity’

Students engage in the time-honored ritual of locking arms and singing “Varsity.”

Photo: Sarah Mangelsdorf giving book to student

Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf distributes copies of “Just Mercy,” the 2015-16 selection for the Go Big Read program.

Photo: Wide shot of Kohl Center crowd

The crowd of thousands at the Kohl Center.