College-wide Convocation services were held last month. This special ceremony is part of the First Year Experience (FYE) program offered at each campus as an effort to increase student engagement and retention.
When asked if these first year students felt more part of the NOVA community, 94 percent of the students answered “yes,” and several students pointed out the benefits to attending and taking part in Convocation. Students who participated took an oath to become involved and responsible students and received a pin to commemorate the event.
The FYE initiative is aimed at promoting the three C’s: connection, community building and critical thinking. The goal is to enhance the overall experience of first year students and assist in a smooth transition which will help NOVA retain students until they graduate.
Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.