Freshman Convocation and FYRE


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Welcome to the 2017 First-Year Reading Experience and Freshman Convocation webpage!

This page provides you with information about this year's first year reading, the Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, as well as our Convocation event on August 23, 2017.

We look forward to seeing you at Freshman Convocation on August 23, 2017. As the culminating orientation event, all USC Aiken freshmen are required to attend Convocation.

Freshman Convocation will take place on August 23rd in the USC Aiken Convocation Center. Check-in and registration will take place from 9:15 am until 9:45 at the fountain in the Quad. Bring your USC Aiken ID to check-in. Additional information will be available during Freshman Orientation. 

Goals of the First-Year Reading Experience

  • Provide an academic experience that promotes learning with and from others.
  • Set expectations for student success by emphasizing the importance of reading, writing, critical thinking, and civil discourse in the university setting.
  • Establish an opportunity for first-year students to understand their responsibility as engaged learners in an academic community.
  • Create an academic and ceremonial beginning to the First-Year Experience at USC Aiken.

Selection Criteria for the First-Year Reading

Previous First-Year Reading selections at USC Aiken include:


Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong by Ramond Bonner (2016)

Pregnancy Project by Gabriel Rodriguez (2015)

The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore (2014)

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (2013)

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer (2012)

The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen (2011)

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (2010)

Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario (2009)

Not For Sale by David Batstone (2008)

The Color of Water by James McBride (2007)