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Westminster College will welcome Class of 2023 at Aug. 23 Opening Convocation

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Posted on Friday, August 16, 2019

NEW WILMINGTON, PA – Westminster College will welcome the Class of 2023 at its annual Opening Convocation at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, in the Will W. Orr Auditorium on the Westminster campus.

This year, more than 300 new first-year and transfer students will make their transition to Westminster College. Sixty-five student orientation leaders—as well as Residence Life staff, football players and other faculty, staff and alumni volunteers—will greet new students at 8 a.m. Friday and help them check in and move their belongings into residence halls.

The Opening Convocation ceremony will feature greetings from Westminster College President Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson and Student Government Association President Megan Parker ’21.

Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu, associate professor of music, will provide the keynote address, “Establish You.” The Rev. James Mohr II, college chaplain, will offer the invocation and benediction. Music will be provided by the Westminster College Student Brass Ensemble under the direction of Dr. R. Tad Greig, professor of music and director of bands. College organist Paula Kubik will provide the prelude, processional and recessional music. The Alma Mater will be led by Kacie D. Rumbaugh ’21.

Following the convocation and student-parent farewells, the members of the Class of 2023 will take part in a weekend of orientation programming that includes workshops, community building exercises and Titan spirit activities. Students also will attend their first class during orientation weekend as an academic springboard for their first week of college classes. Westminster 101 will lay the foundation for a learning community that will support the students through their college transition.

Fall classes for all Westminster students begin on Monday, Aug. 26.

For more information about the weekend’s activities or Westminster’s Orientation Program, please contact Gina Vance, assistant vice president for student affairs, at 724-946-7110 or

Photo: Faculty members and administrators form the traditional Westminster gauntlet and welcome the Class of 2022 following the 2018 Opening Convocation