West Virginia University President David C. Hardesty Jr. will welcome some 4,300 members of the Class of 2008 during New Student Convocation Sunday, Aug. 22.

WVU s official introduction to academic life and learning is set for noon at the WVU Coliseum.

New Student Convocation is an opportunity for freshmen to connect to the University as they begin their journey to greatness,Hardesty said.It is a celebration of the alma mater, the Mountaineer Creed and another great tradition, the passing of the official class ring.

Joining Hardesty in offering the citys newest residents advice for academic success and student involvement will be Vice President for Student Affairs Ken Gray; Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research Gerald Lang; and student leaders.

New Student Convocation will show incoming freshmen the size, strength and unity of their class,said Jordan Workman, Student Government Association president.

In addition to hearing from WVU s top administrators, students will get a chance to hear a performance by the University Choir and view a multimedia presentation, said Kim Stafford, senior special events coordinator.

They will also receive a special memento, an official class ring keychain inscribed with the words, �€~Class of 2008,she added.

Student transportation via University buses will be provided to and from the residence halls and WVU Coliseum. Lunch and an in-hall meeting will follow Convocation for residence hall students.

New Student Convocation is part of University 101, a required course during the fall semester for all freshmen and transfer students.

Other WVU back-to-school activities include Welcome Week, Aug. 20-27, and the FallFest concert at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23, on thegreenbetween the Life Sciences and Business and Economics buildings.

New Student Convocation on the Net:http://www.wvu.edu/NSC/