Misericordia welcomes 410 new first-year students during annual move-in and convocation ceremony.
Misericordia welcomes 410 new first-year students during the annual move-in and convocation ceremony
The Misericordia University community welcomes new students to campus during First-Year Student Move-In and the Annual Convocation Ceremony on Thursday, August 24. The new class of 410 first-year students and 62 transfer students for the 2023 fall semester.
All hands were on deck, as faculty, staff, students, athletic departments, and President Dan Myers, Ph.D., were on hand to assist with the move-in process, including a wonderful team of trained student orientation leaders. The event-filled day included the annual convocation ceremony that welcomes first-year students and their families and acts as the official beginning of the academic year at the Anderson Sports and Health Center. Classes begin on campus on Monday, August 28th.
The ceremony started with a contingent of bagpipers from the Pipe and Drum Band Ceol Mor, while staff and faculty members attired in their academic robes for the occasion walked into the ceremony. Students and their families were warmly welcomed by Dr. David Rehm, President of Academic Affairs, and Greg Collins, ’82, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees. Remarks were made by President Dan Myers, Ph.D., to the first-year class, “You come to Misericordia University at a great time. We have added or are preparing to add many new academic programs, including our most recent – business economics – on the heels of data science, certified financial planning, supply chain management, teacher education general science for K-12, and a master’s in professional practice for teachers. We have also added new sports, including stunt starting this fall, as well as ice hockey and women’s and men’s wrestling to begin next year. We restarted our music performance program and continue to look at other new activities that enrich the student experience,” said President Myers.
Returning this year was the presentation of the Mother Mary Catherine McGann Achievement Award by Christelle Hoffman ’13, President of the Misericordia Alumni Association Board, to Christian Beck ’01 ’02 Ph.D.
“Here is what Misericordia did for me: it provided me space and opportunity to figure out what I wanted to gain from my time here. Misericordia, as an institution and a community, allowed me to grow, to help me figure out what I needed to do to flourish so that I could find my potential. This place would make me into something that I didn’t even know was possible,” said Beck.
While ringing into a Centinela year, Misericordia University is proud to say that this year’s first-year class hails from 14 states, including the District of Columbia and even as far as India. With an impressive average GPA of 3.50 and 34 students in the class, they have continued a cherished tradition as children or grandchildren of alumni. The 2023 class has a wide-ranging experience reflected in their origins from 230 high schools. A vibrant spirit of athleticism also marks this class, with over 47% of students on various athletic rosters.
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