Annual Matriculation Convocation Welcomes Freshmen To Mount Union College

April 01, 2010

New freshmen at Mount Union College had the opportunity to participate in one of the institution's most time-honored traditions Friday as the College community welcomed the Class of 2009 at the annual Matriculation Convocation.


Alumni Council Member Aaron Swartz and Faculty Member Margo Miller assist two freshman while they sign the Matriculation Book

The Matriculation Convocation is a tradition where the faculty and freshman students usher in the academic year. New students were welcomed by Dr. Truman Turnquist, interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, and were greeted by Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union.

Giese advised students to remember the fundamentals since the first few days of College can be overwhelming. 'Everyone has been giving you advice lately, and if you keep it simple, you will feel less overwhelmed.'

He also offered the following: 'Go to class. Ask for help. Try things you have never tried before. Stay on campus. Set your priorities.' He told the students that despite the distractions, they must never lose sight of why they are at Mount Union ' to earn a college degree.

Patricia (McFarland '71) Gates, president of Alumni Council, provided an alumni perspective on the Mount Union community and Student Senate President Andrew Ricci '07 also offered words of wisdom.

Dr. Angela Smith Alder, assistant professor of political science and the 2004-2005 Great Teacher, then addressed the audience. She read from 'Oh, the Places You'll Go!' by Theodor S. Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

Smith Alder ended her reading with a Mount Union twist on the classic Dr. Seuss book. 'On behalf of the faculty of Mount Union College, a likeable bunch, a fountain of knowledge. While I need to point out that we're not easy graders, I welcome you all as our new Purple Raiders.'

After learning of its significance from Turnquist, students had the opportunity to sign the Matriculation Book, which remains in the care if the Office of the President until graduation. At that time, it is placed on display in the Bookstore for students to see.

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