Students Participate in Matriculation Convocation

September 10, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — New freshmen at the University of Mount Union participated in a long-standing tradition on August 28 as the University community officially welcomed the Class of 2016 to campus during the annual Matriculation Convocation ceremony.

Matriculation Convocation is an opportunity for faculty 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.

“This year will be filled with all things new … some will be challenging and at times it may seem scary, but I assure you, it’s nothing you can’t handle,” Draves said. “This truly is a time for exploration. There is so much around you to see and discover.”

Giese told students that at Mount Union, they aren’t just a number, but are the reason why faculty and staff do what they do.

“We are truly a student-focused institution,” he said. “With every effort, whether it be a new program, a new building or a new opportunity, you, our students, are at the forefront of our thoughts.”

Dr. Scott Mason, professor or chemistry and director of the pre-health program and 2012 Great Teacher, shared words of wisdom with students on challenging themselves and making the most of their time at Mount Union.

“There are no limitations on what you can achieve, Mason said. “Aim high. Work hard. Visualize success. And know that, at Mount Union, we are here to help you along the way.”

Mount Union senior Lillian Evans, an early childhood education major of Fairlawn, OH and president of Student Senate, encouraged students to create their own unique Mount Union experience to enhance their personal growth and well-being.

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

Alumni Association representative Bill Schumacher ’82 encouraged students to stay connected, both while a student and after graduation.

“I expect you to stay connected to the Mount Union community long after graduation, but in the meantime, I encourage you to take advantage of all of the benefits that it provides, including an alumni base of more than 15,000 around the world,” Schumacher said.

After learning the significance of the event from Draves, students had an opportunity to sign the Matriculation Book. Signing the book is a pledge that students will dedicate their efforts and talents to excellence in liberal learning and career preparation. The book, which remains in the care of the Office of the President until graduation, will be on display in the University Store during graduation week in 2016 for students to see.


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