Students attend 24th Convocation ceremony

The 24th annual Fall Convocation welcomed freshman to the Appalachian State University family with an address from “American Dervish” author Ayad Akhtar on Tuesday.

Appalachian’s Summer Reading Program chose Akhtar’s “American Dervish” for the freshman’s required reading.  

Akhtar is a graduate of Brown University and Colombia University and won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His book, “American Dervish,” has been published in 25 languages and won 2012 Best Book of the Year from Kirkus Reviews, Toronto’s Globe and Mail, Shelf-Awareness and Oprah magazine.

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