Welcoming Convocation, an annual tradition, welcomes 2,500 new students to campus with inspirational speeches, a rousing welcome from current students, faculty and staff, and last but not least, fireworks!

With move-in weekend complete, more than 4,000 students are now calling WWU's residence halls and apartments home.

Of course, their parents couldn't leave them without offering a few last bits of sage advice.

Every year, thousands of new and returning students visit the Red Square Info Fair to catch up after a long summer and check out the hundreds of clubs and activities available to them throughout the year.

Here's a look at what went down on Sept. 22, 2014, the first day of the 2014 Info Fair.

The annual Alumni Association event heralding a return to school for the Western Washington University community will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Western Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the PAC Plaza.

President Bruce Shepard will be on the grill, alongside campus chefs, providing mouth-watering bratwursts and other delicious dishes. Also available will be hot and iced coffee, compliments of The Woods Coffee, and special GYBO cupcakes. The Prozac Mountain Boys will entertain the crowd with live music while Alumni Association representatives give away prizes.

Jason A. Morris, an associate professor of industrial design at Western Washington Unviersity, will debut his feature-length documentary about Walter Dorwin Teague, titled “Teague: Design & Beauty,” on Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas, as part of the Industrial Designers Society of America International Conference.

Kathy Murray's connection to Western Washington University runs deep. She got her master's degree in theater from Western and has spent more than 20 years working in Western's Office of Admissions, the Registrar's Office and as manager of Western's Testing Center.

Robert W. “Bob” Keiper, 69, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on July 18, 2014.

Facing the Future, an award-winning developer of teacher’s guides, student textbooks and digital resources that equip and motivate K-college students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable world, has become an independent program of Western Washington University.

Western Washington University's Lakewood facility on Lake Whatcom allows the Western community to enjoy sailboarding, kayaking, sailing, canoeing and windsurfing on the lake.

The 4,000-square-foot Lakewood log facility contains a boat house, meeting lounge, locker rooms and the manager's apartment.

The 2014 Summer Noon Concert Series continues today, June 9, with a noon performance by local group Br'er Rabbit on the PAC Plaza at Western Washington University.

The video above shows another local band, Snug Harbor, opening the summer series this past week, on July 2.