Speakers at Convocation, the traditional start to the academic year, welcomed new students to their new home during an evening event August 24 in the Fieldhouse Arena on the Allendale Campus.
President Philomena V. Mantella addressed students and said the university offers more than a place to live and learn.
"The Laker community is not just a place to call home, but a place where you discover your purpose and strengthen your passion," Mantella said. "Your journey here will be unique in every sense of the word. It will be yours to shape. Yours to reshape.
"However, you will not walk this journey alone. The faculty and staff are here to empower you."
Mantella also noted members of the Board of Trustees who participated in the event, including Victor Cardenas, who offered remarks during a ceremonial lighting of the G-V-S-U.