Freshmen Attend Matriculation Convocation

August 25, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union campus was filled with activity over the weekend as students prepared to head back to classes on Monday.

On Saturday morning, almost 200 members of fraternity and sorority life assisted freshmen as they moved into student housing on campus.

This year’s freshman class consists of approximately 650 students and includes students from Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. In addition, Mount Union freshmen come from China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Spain, United Kingdom, Venezuela and Vietnam. Students from Ohio come from 50 different counties representing 295 high schools.

The Class of 2017 was officially welcomed to campus during the annual Matriculation Convocation on Sunday afternoon. Then event is an opportunity for faculty, staff and freshman students to officially usher in the academic year. New students were welcomed by Dr. Patricia Draves, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the University, and were greeted by Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union.

Draves told students to take advantage of all of the classes and organizations available on campus.

“At Mount Union, we truly believe in providing opportunities for each and every student to reach his or her potential,” Draves said. “Aim high. We are here to help you get there.”

During his greeting, Giese told those in attendance that their Mount Union campus experience will prepare them for future success.

“I’m sure you’ve heard many people say that, at Mount Union, you’re not just a number, and that is so true,” said Giese. “After all, you – the students – are the reason why the rest of us are even here.”

Dr. Robert Ekey, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Physics and the 2013 Great Teacher, shared words of wisdom with students, speaking on the topic, “You’re going to fail in life … and that’s OK.”

“I didn’t become the person I am today without struggle and failure, and I know I learned more from those experiences than the ones that went as planned,” Ekey said.

Mount Union senior Carisa Bohnak of Bedford, OH, a biology and economics major and president of Student Senate, encouraged students to get involved in the many activities available on campus during their time at Mount Union.


“Whether you want to socialize with fellow students, serve the community, excel on the athletic field or perform on state, Mount Union has an outlet for your interests,” Bohnak said. “Explore all of your passions and make the most of your time on campus.”

Mount Union Alumni Association President Aaron Swartz then encouraged students to stay connected, both while a student and after graduation.

“It seems like only yesterday that I was sitting where you are today, eagerly anticipating the opportunities ahead of me,” Swartz said. “What I did not realize at that time was how connected I would become to this institution – the lifelong friends that I would make, the faculty who would impact my life and the career path I would eventually find.”

To cap off the ceremony, students had an opportunity to sign the Matriculation Book as they pledged to dedicate their efforts and talents to excellence in liberal learning and career preparation.


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