Biola President Barry H. Corey opens the fall semester at the 2010/2011 Convocation Ceremony. Dr. Corey introduces the 2010/2011 University Theme: "Zealously Going Where God Leads." Over 3,000 students, faculty and staff gathered in Biola's Chase Gymnasium on Wednesday, August 25 to kick off the first day of classes at the Fall 2010 Convocation Ceremony. This incoming class marks the largest in Biola's history by far--over 1300 new undergraduates. These men and women come from 42 states and 16 countries, and in keeping with Biola's high standards of academic excellence, they have an average unweighted GPA of 3.52. These new students, along with 17 new faculty members, were ceremonially introduced and welcomed into the Biola community. President Corey charged and commissioned the new students and faculty to academic excellence and to uphold Biola's mission and vision. Returning faculty lined the first rows of bleachers, extending their hands in a prayer of dedication. Participating in the ceremony for the very first time was new Provost, Dr. David P. Nystrom. Nystrom presented the new faculty to President Corey while also receiving the charge given by the President. President Corey gave the official Convocation address entitled, "Contagious and Courageous Zeal." His message unveiled Biola's theme for the year: "Zealously Going Where God Leads." The Biola community left challenged and inspired as the fall semester began.