First-Year-Students’ Day at ASU


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On September 01, 2015, the official ceremony of newly-enrolled young peoples initiation into students of Astrakhan State University has taken place.

The event began with a bright laser show; the show was a unique combination of music, fires and graphics of various colors that accentuated the main activities of our University: education, science, socialization, international relations, and sports. The international student hymn “Gaudeamus Igitur” was performed, and all the initiated students swore the student oath.

In his welcoming speech, Professor Alexander Lunyov, Rector of ASU, pointed out that first and foremost, our University is its students. It is our students, he said, who are the main participants of our educational process. Presentation of a symbolic key of knowledge to our students has become the culmination of the entire ceremony.

Mr. Alexander Zhilkin, Governor of Astrakhan Region, has been an honorable guest at the ceremony. Addressing to our students, he assured them that they made the right choice by becoming a student of Astrakhan State University, which is Astrakhan Region’s best university and one of Russia’s top universities. “If you dream to become a Regional Governor, you need to graduate from ASU”, this is what he advised them.

The official part of the ceremony was followed by a concert arranged and performed by our senior students. Their newly-enrolled peers could see that a lot of talented young people study at ASU. There were performances by the Maximum Dance Show and by the New Horizons Choir, a vocal number by Roman Beketov, and a fragment of the musical “The Lion King”. The concert program has been arranged by the Center of Students’ Creativity operating at our University (its Head is Prof. Lyudmila Kasyanova, Dean of our Department of Philology & Journalism). There was also a contest of talents, in which anyone could take part; our first-year-students were enthusiastic to demonstrate their abilities to recite poems, dance, sing, and improvise scenes. Winners of the contest were presented special gifts.

Those who started their studies at our University in 2015 will definitely never forget the day of initialization into students of ASU. Let us wish them all good luck in their studies!

Russian original information source: Dmitriy Bychkov (the Press Service of ASU)

Russian original photo source: Yuri Garanov (the Unit of Internet Technologies of ASU)

Translated by E.I. Glinchevskiy (the Center of Translation Studies & Conference Interpreting “ASTLINK” of ASU)

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