New Convocation Student Traditions

All new students will now sign pages of one book, representing their commitment to BVU ideals and shared mission, vision, and values. They will also receive a Convocation Coin.

Each year, as per Convocation day tradition, students pass through the Victory Arch and enter an exhilarating place of scholarship at Buena Vista University. The next time they pass through the Arch (which has been standing on BVU’s campus since 1892) will be on Commencement in May. This is just one of BVU’s very important traditions that new students and thousands of alumni have taken part in.

On Aug. 24, President Joshua D. Merchant introduced the newest tradition: Signing the Entering Class Book. All new students at BVU will now sign pages of one book, representing their commitment to BVU ideals and shared mission, vision, and values. It will serve as a historical record of the great people who attended BVU.

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New students will receive a Convocation "challenge" Coin

New students will now also receive a Convocation Coin. President Merchant says, “One of my good friends, a retired Officer in the United States Navy, once gifted me a coin as a symbol of our friendship. But, this was not just any coin; it was a Naval Challenge Coin.” Traditionally, coins such as these are given to prove membership when challenged, in celebration, or to enhance morale. Merchant added, “He gave me the coin as a symbol of friendship and as a congratulations and challenge of prosperity in my adventure at Buena Vista University. I cherish this coin, and hope that you will cherish yours, as it commemorates this new, thrilling chapter of education for service in your lives.”

At the academic ceremony, new students stand on the threshold of one of the most exciting periods of their lives. BVU faculty, staff, students, and friends look forward to watching future students follow in the footsteps of new traditions.

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