Southeastern Louisiana University will launch the 2016-17 academic year with its annual fall convocation for faculty and staff on Friday in the Student Union Grand Ballroom.

Scheduled for 11 a.m., the convocation will include greetings and a state of the university address by President John L. Crain. Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tena Golding will preside over the event, which is open to the community.

The convocation will include presentation of the President’s Awards for Excellence, the university’s highest honors for faculty and staff.

Also scheduled for recognition are faculty and staff who have been with the university for 25, 30, 35 and 40 years; those faculty receiving tenure and promotions, emeritus faculty designees and donors who have established newly endowed professorships and scholarships.

The annual Alumni Association-sponsored picnic will immediately follow the morning’s ceremonies.