FSU Panama City welcomes newest Seminoles

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - With the high school students back in class, it's time for the college students to gather their books as well. On Sunday the newest Florida State Seminoles received a warm welcome at the freshman convocation ceremony.

Interim dean Randy Hanna led the ceremony.

"Days like today are great because today we welcomed our new freshman," said Hanna.

"I'm a little nervous but at the same time I'm kind really for it," said Anna Bowers. "It's pretty exciting. It's like I haven't ever gone through any of this before and so I felt pretty excited that it's just happening. It feels pretty unreal that it's not high school anymore."

"It's pretty cool I mean I was a little nervous I didn't know that all this was going to happen," said another new student Shelby Jacobs. "It's kind of awesome to see the history and everything of FSU."

Speakers gave students a short history of Florida State and an overview of the academic community they were accepted into. Hanna said the students have a lot to look forward to.

"I think they can look forward to a great experience, a lot of student activities, strong academic curriculum here at FSU, a hands on approach with the faculty and a close relationship with the faculty, small classes and a strong academic environment," he said.

Hanna also emphasized these students will receive a Florida State Education with all the benefits of a small college.

The ceremony was accompanied by a live orchestra and ended with a reception.

With classes officially starting on Monday the new students say they're ready.

"It's finally just kinda clicking that it's real," said Bowers. "That I'm in college now. Kind of an adult now, it just hits you out of nowhere."