BuilderFest closes with Opening Convocation (slideshow)

Pictured above: Mary Banwart, associate professor of communication at the University of Kansas, speaks at Opening Convocation. A near-record freshman class combined with upperclassmen, faculty, and staff came close to filling every seat in Richardson Performing Arts Center. (Kylie Stamper/Staff Photographer)

By Kylie Stamper
Staff reporter

Aidan Wells, music freshman, plays the Prelude on the Piano at Opening Convocation. (Kylie Stamper/Staff Photographer)
Gina Belt, athletic training senior, and Courtney Jones, biology senior, converse in Richardson Auditorium before the Convocation. (Kylie Stamper/Staff Photographer)
Roger Moon, associate professor of theatre and speech, leads the processional. (Kylie Stamper/Staff Photographer)
Faculty and staff stand in their academic regalia at the beginning of the service. (Kylie Stamper/Staff Photographer)
President Brad Andrews delivers a welcome message to students, faculty, and staff. (Kylie Stamper/Staff Photographer)
Tracy Frederick, interim provost, welcomes the attendees and introduces the speaker. (Kylie Stamper/Staff Photographer)
Seth Topham, biochemistry senior, stands to be recognized for his achievement of Scholar of the College. Topham has the highest GPA of the senior class. (Kylie Stamper/Staff Photographer)
Mary Banwart, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, delivers an important message for incoming students and returning students alike. (Kylie Stamper/Staff Photographer)
Mary Banwart, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, spoke on this year's theme of Knowledge and how to further develop that theme as Builders. (Kylie Stamper/Staff Photographer)
SC Singers, directed by Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice, lead the audience in singing the Alma Mater. (Kylie Stamper/Staff Photographer)

Kylie Stamper is a senior majoring in communication. You can email her at kylie.stamper@sckans.edu

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