- The event, which is set for 3 p.m. on Aug. 25 in Byrnes Auditorium and held two hours before the university’s first class for the fall 2014 semester, serves as an official welcome to new freshmen and their induction into the Winthrop community of learners.
- Keynote speaker Gary Simrill earned his B.S. in business from Winthrop in 1991 and was elected to the S.C. General Assembly the next year representing District 46.
Winthrop University, "Alumnus, S.C. Rep. Gary Simrill '91 Will Give Keynote Convocation Speech" (2014). Winthrop News 2014. 149.