More than 800 freshmen filled the Looney Arena for the Griffon Edge convocation Thursday morning.
They were given words of advice on how to look at the new experience of college.
Griffon Edge is a three-day orientation that introduces incoming freshmen to Missouri Western, and awards them a credit hour for going through the program.
It's been available to students since the 1990s.
"It's absolutely a good thing, just to see their peers and who is going to be in the class 2017. We also have 75 student leaders who are leading them. It's all about making those connections and getting them started on the right foot," said Kristen Neeley, Assistant Director of New Student Programs.
The convocation concluded with singing the school's alma mater.