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First convocation service energizes new students

August 14, 2008 : N/A

Approximately 3,700 Liberty University freshmen packed the Vines Center for their first convocation, Thursday. The administration welcomed Liberty’s largest incoming class as they gathered together for a time of praise and worship.

Midway through the service, Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. addressed the class of 2012 saying, “There has never been a better time to be at Liberty.”

Falwell Jr. went on to inform undergraduates of the additions being made to the campus, such as the Towns Lecture Hall, the School of Engineering and the upcoming library wing on DeMoss Hall’s third floor. He then credited upperclassmen and faculty for their constant encouragement and support to newcomers.

“I often point out to students and faculty that, while we, as the second generation, do not face many of the challenges and hardships that my father and the other pioneers who founded LU faced, we have an even greater responsibility to those who came before us. Luke 12:48 teaches that to whom much is given much shall be required.”

The chancellor concluded his speech by introducing a video of a sermon from the late Dr. Jerry Falwell, challenging students not to give up as they strive to succeed.