Murray State College freshmen are kicking the year off with a bang.

Murray State College freshmen are kicking the year off with a bang.

The college has decided to resurrect the tradition of freshman convocation, in addition to extending to the Ardmore campus.

Convocation, Latin for "calling together," is a group of people formally assembled for a special purpose.

Previously, the college has had a convocation sporadically, but school officials are now looking to make it an annual tradition.

"It was important to us to get it started again to mark the beginning of our students' collegiate journey, just as we also mark the end at our commencement ceremony in the spring," said President Joy McDaniel.

Both Ardmore and Tishomingo events include inspiring speeches from McDaniel and other faculty members and students taking the Aggie Pledge.

At the spring commencement, bells were given out and used for applause. Bells will also be a part of convocation, with McDaniel hoping the bell ringing becomes a Murray State tradition.

Historically, community colleges have focused on providing access to higher education. Now, McDaniel is looking to also provide success for students and decrease attrition rates.

"We want to encourage students to stay in school and complete," she said.

Convocation on the Tishomingo campus was last week and school officials said it went well.

"The ceremony in Tishomingo was very well received," said Lynette Kirk, assistant vice president of enrollment management. "There were almost 400 people in attendance, including students, family, friends, and members of the community."

Convocation in Ardmore will be 3 p.m. Friday at the Goddard Center with a reception immediately following. The public is invited to attend.