The Convocation Sophomore Welcome began as a student initiative in 1995 and remains one of the highest honors a rising sophomore can receive. Each year an outstanding member of the current freshman class (rising sophomore class) is chosen by a committee of faculty and staff to deliver the Sophomore Welcome at Convocation. Selection of the sophomore speaker is based on a combination of the student's message to the first-year class, current GPA, and involvement at Georgia Tech.
The Sophomore Welcome should be approximately five minutes in length (500-600 words) and relate your first-year experiences to the incoming class. Applicants are encouraged to include his or her own feelings, reflections, and lessons learned, while also providing inspiration and direction to the first-year students. All submissions will be reviewed by a committee consisting of faculty and staff, who will select multiple finalists. Those finalists will then be asked to present a full version of their welcome to the committee. Once selected, the sophomore speaker is required to meet in-person with event organizers for final review prior to Convocation. All rising sophomores are encouraged to apply.
Sophomore Welcome Timeline
- Friday, April 26 - Deadline for online submissions
- Friday, May 10 - Finalists notification
- May 13 - 31 - Finalists auditions
- Friday, June 7 - Sophomore speaker selection
- Sunday, August 18 - Convocation, McCamish Pavilion, 5 - 6:15 p.m.
Previous Sophomore Speakers
- 2012: Alyssa Monserrate
- 2011: Norquata Allen
- 2010: Merry Hunter Hipp
- 2009: Jeremy Feaster
- 2008: Kristina Self
- 2007: KC Young and Alina Staskevicius
- 2006: George Ray
- 2005: Eli Riddle
- 2004: Laura Janet
- 2003: Allison Passione
- 2002: Steven Schneider
- 2001: Cassie Pope
2000: Sara Cames