TCC holds first freshman convocation

August 18, 2017

Staffer talks to student and parentTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (August 18, 2017) – Hundreds of new students were welcomed as TCC Eagles this morning as Tallahassee Community College held its first freshman convocation.

The event was designed to introduce students to the College and help them get a good start on their college career.

TCC President Jim Murdaugh began by encouraging students to take advantage of the help offered by faculty members and the many other people on campus who are dedicated to student success.

Bryan Hooper, coordinator of TCC’s First Year Experience program, asked students to choose to be “in college—not just at college” and to be fully invested in their college experience. He reminded them of three important connections that will help them succeed—classmates, advisers and professors.

That sentiment was echoed by several current students, who also spoke about the importance of meeting with an adviser regularly and creating an academic plan.

Forensics and theatre student Gerain Arias reminded students that their parents will no longer be checking to make sure they are doing well in school, so students have the responsibility to make sure they are keeping up in class and to ask for help when they need it.

Sophomore Samira Taylor had a similar message, advising students to spread their classes out over the day rather than scheduling them all right in a row.

“Leave time to study and do homework so you don’t fall behind,” said Taylor. “And don’t be in a hurry to get off campus every day. Get involved in a student organization.”

Susan Liss also encouraged students to say “yes” to new opportunities.

“The people you haven’t met yet in the club you haven’t gone to yet—they may become your new best friends.”

New students Sarah and AnnaRecent Lincoln High School graduates Sarah Gibson and Anna Huntley would agree with that advice. Gibson is looking forward to joining the community orchestra based at TCC, while Huntley hopes to join the staff of TCC’s literary magazine or student newspaper. After convocation, Gibson and Huntley were headed to the Cashier’s office to get their student ID cards and then off to locate their classes so they will be ready to go on Monday morning when the semester begins. Both freshmen are part of the TCC2FSU transfer program. Huntley is interested in communications and marketing, while Gibson has not yet settled on a major.

For information about the First Year Experience program at TCC, contact Bryan Hooper at (850) 201-9930 or