They came from all over, but they're all Central Michigan University Chippewas now.
Freshmen and transfer students crowded McGuirk Arena Saturday for an official welcome and outlook for their upcoming academic journey at CMU's first convocation ceremony in several years.
And what better time to bring back a convocation ceremony to CMU than the university's 125th anniversary.
During the ceremony, students were introduced to administrative and athletic leaders, faculty and staff. They heard from CMU President George E. Ross, Provost Michael Gealt, philosophy and religion faculty member Kelly Murphy. CMU alumnus Mike Zeig also addressed the audience.
Together, they provided students with an outlook for their academic journey at CMU, including advice on advancing as leaders, building their resumes and making the most of the opportunities CMU has to offer.
"Your academic path will set the stage for your future career," Ross told them.
Gealt described the students' upcoming journey as exciting and transformational, and an opportunity to truly set themselves apart from others after they graduate.
"Your quest for knowledge and your experiences here at CMU will transform who you are. They will help you grow academically, but they also will help you grow as a person," he said.