Monday, August 13, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College will welcome the class of 2016 with the traditional Opening Convocation on Friday, Aug. 24, at 1:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.
This year's 331 first-year students will be greeted at 8 a.m. by nearly 90 Fresh Start upperclassmen, wearing tie-dye shirts. The Residence Life staff, Fresh Start volunteers and members of the football team will help the new students and their parents unload belongings into the residence halls. An additional 20 transfer students are expected to arrive Aug. 25 for orientation.
After unpacking is completed and lunch is served, the class of 2016 and their parents are invited to attend the Opening Convocation ceremony. They will receive greetings from Westminster College President Dr. Richard Dorman and Student Government Association President Tawni Darby, a senior public relations major. Darby is a daughter of Walter and Lori Darby from Hermitage and a graduate of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School.
The Rev. James Mohr II, College chaplain, will give an invocation and a benediction. Erin Smith, director of Library Services and associate professor, will present the featured address, "What People Think I Do."
The Westminster Student Brass Ensemble will provide music under the direction of Dr. Tad Greig, associate professor and chair of Westminster's Department of Music, while College organist Kathryn Miller will provide prelude, processional and recessional music. The Alma Mater will be led by Christian Heasley, a senior music education major. Heasley is a son of Daniel and Lisa Heasley of New Castle and a graduate of Laurel High School.
After a special president's reception, the parents of the first-year students will say their good-byes. When the parents depart, the new students will be divided among the Fresh Start volunteers, who will serve as the group leaders for the next week of organized activities.
Contact Camille Hawthorne, associate dean of student affairs, at (724) 946-7112 or email for more information about Westminster's Fresh Start Program.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.