Matriculation Convocation Ceremony Ushers in 2008-2009 Academic Year
August 25, 2008
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 2012 at the annual Matriculation Convocation.
The Matriculation Convocation is a tradition where the faculty and freshman students usher in the academic year. New students were welcomed by Dr. Patricia Draves, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College and greeted by Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union.
Giese advised students to remember the fundamentals and keep it simple, including going to class, asking for help, trying new things, staying on campus and setting priorities. “You are embarking on a journey with the destination unknown,” said Giese. “Enjoy the ride and remember to stay with the fundamentals.”
Alumni Council First Vice President Daniel Griffith offered an alumni perspective on the Mount Union community and Student Senate President Carly Skidmore '09 challenged the freshman class to get involved because “college is what you make of it.”
Dr. Ronald Mendel, assistant professor of human performance and sport business and the 2007-2008 Great Teacher, then addressed the audience.
“True learning is the constant pursuit of betterment and excellence,” said Mendel. “The faculty are not here to teach you what to think, but how to think. Our objective is to prepare you for your next stage in life. Your undergraduate experience will be one of the defining times of your life. Study hard, work hard, play hard, and don’t let opportunities pass you by.”
After learning of its significance from Draves, 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 campus bookstore for students to see.