Through the Archway Ceremony
Due to the size of the 2016 incoming class, seating in K. R. Williams Auditorium will be limited for families and guests and provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Overflow seating will be available in buildings adjacent to the auditorium (Hall Patterson 228 & Hill Hall L05), where the ceremony will be displayed via live video.
Ramdition's Through the Archway is a rite of passage ceremony which marks the culmination of a full week of orientation, the celebration of a new beginning in the lives of our incoming students, and the 'official' welcoming of our first-year students into the Winston-Salem State University Ram Family. The program also signals the transition to adulthood as students embark on their academic journey in preparation for successful careers.
Steeped in tradition, the ceremony affirms university pride, embraces student diversity and evokes a sense of spirit. The proceedings begin with the RamWalk - a processional of all entering first-year students, led by university officials, faculty, staff, Legacy Leaders, and student government representatives through a pair of stone and mortar archways erected by the WSSU (then Winston-Salem Teachers College) class of 1936 in honor of Oleona Pegram Atkins, the wife of WSSU founder, Simon Green Atkins. Upon reaching K. R. Williams auditorium, the new students are challenged by both the keynote speaker and the university's chancellor to strive for excellence. Finally, they affirm their commitment to upholding WSSU's values by reciting a 'pledge of honor' and singing the alma mater. The parents, families, and friends of our first-year students are strongly encouraged to attend this momentous event!