Montana State University

2013 Freshman Convocation

September 5, 2013 -- Kelly Gorham/MSU News Service

Yann Martel, the author of Life of Pi, speaks to MSU students during an MSU Leadership Institute master class in the Procrastinator Theater.

Yann Martel, the author of Life of Pi, speaks to MSU students during an MSU Leadership Institute master class in the Procrastinator Theater.Members of the class of 2017 await the start of freshman convocation events.The Spirit of the West Marching Band kicks of convocation events by parading through the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.MSU President Waded Cruzado, left, and Provost Martha Potvin greet freshman students as they lead administrators and deans into the fieldhouse.Bozeman-based magician Jay Owenhouse kicks off convocation events as he makes a live tiger appear on stage in honor of the Life of Pi book character Richard Parker.Best-selling author, Yann Martel, addresses the MSU class of 2017 during freshman convocation. Martel's novel Life of Pi was required reading for the freshman class.

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Yann Martel, the Canadian author who wrote Life of Pi, speaks at Montana State University's 2013 Fall Convocation, set Sept. 5. The world-wide bestseller was the winner of a Man Booker prize and was made into an Academy Award-nominated film directed by Ang Lee. Martel's speech also kicks off MSU's "Year of Engaged Leadership," an initiative that will encourage the MSU community to become better everyday leaders.