Northwestern State University welcomed about 1,400 freshmen during the university’s annual New Student Convocation Sunday where new students were introduced to deans and department heads, motivational speakers and the Demon Creed of loyalty, leadership and service. Members of the Class of 2023 come from more than 300 high schools in 10 states and all corners of Louisiana. Convocation marks the beginning of each student’s academic journey, which concludes with graduation. Fall classes at NSU began Monday. Late registration goes through Aug. 27. Information is available at www.nsula.edu.