TROY - Emmy award-winning journalist and Troy University alumnus Tom Foreman of CNN will deliver the keynote address to new students during the University's Odyssey Convocation at 2 p.m. on Sunday in Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus.
The 12th annual Odyssey Convocation will highlight the University's Welcome Weekend 2016, which includes sorority bid day on Saturday and residence hall move-in days on Saturday and Sunday. A number of TROY faculty and staff, as well as members of the community will be on hand to assist with hospitality and moving between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Fall semester classes will begin on the Troy Campus on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
"The Odyssey Convocation is the beginning of a student's journey with Troy University," said Herb Reeves, Dean of Student Services. "It is symbolic in that the journey begins and ends in Trojan Arena with the convocation and commencement once a student completes their course of study. Odyssey is a celebration of a student's journey by the sharing of expectations and traditions of TROY and the beginning of a new chapter in their life."
Foreman, who graduated Magna Cum Laude from TROY in 1981 and holds an honorary doctorate from Quinnipiac University, joined CNN in 2004 and is based in the network's Washington, D.C. bureau. He covers a wide-range of topics for the network and reports for programs across the spectrum, from "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" to "Anderson Cooper 360."
Foreman has traveled to all 50 U.S. states and more than 20 countries to report on, among many topics, CNN's America's Choice 2016 presidential campaign cycle, the Paris terror attacks, the disappearance of passenger plane MH370, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He leads the network's fact checking initiative and, in 2013, Foreman and the fact checking team were awarded the Walter Cronkite/Brooks Jackson Award.
Foreman has pioneered much of CNN's work in new media by playing a key role in the development of an immersive, 3-D Virtual Studio which has taken viewers into space to study satellites, travels onto distant battlefields to promote better understanding of dangerous conflicts and takes a deep dive analysis on the 2016 election cycle.
In addition, Foreman writes a weekly newspaper column, has penned more than 1,400 open letters to President Obama on CNN.com and anchors CNN's year-in-review show on New Year's Eve.
An avid ultra-marathon runner, Foreman frequently competes in races of 50 miles or more. Most recently, Foreman wrote about his journey through four half-marathons, three marathons and one 55-mile race in his book "My Year of Running Dangerously."
In addition to Foreman's keynote address, the convocation will include a torch lighting and remarks from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor; Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; and Oliva Melton, Student Government Association president; and head football Coach Neal Brown, who will lead the crowd in the TROY Fight Song as performed by the Sound of the South Marching Band. Dr. Hal Fulmer, Dean of Undergraduate and First Year Studies, will serve as emcee of the event.