Matriculation: Class of 2017 Welcomed to Assumption College
New opportunities yield the paths to success, new experiences bring forth personal growth and new beginnings call for celebration.
An overwhelming sense of community was all that could be felt in the Plourde Recreation Center, as the newest members of Assumption College gathered together on Tuesday, September 3, at the Class of 2017 Matriculation Ceremony, to be welcomed into the distinguished community by its faculty, staff and student leaders.
After completing their first day of classes, the formally dressed first-year students assembled together on the football field where they waited in eager anticipation for the ceremony to commence. They were then led through a sea of white shirts and khaki pants, worn by the student leaders who greeted them just before they entered the building.
The Symphonic Brass Quartet welcomed the first-years as they took their seats, signifying that matriculation had begun. Father Dennis Gallagher opened the ceremony with a prayer, which was next followed by a series of speeches given by the college’s faculty, who shared some of their much-appreciated wisdom with the class of 2017.
The speakers included: Dr. Francis M. Lazarus, Provost and Academic Vice President; Dr. Dona Kercher, President of the Faculty Senate; Nicolas Guerra ’14, President of the Student Government Association; Dr. Catherine WoodBrooks, Vice President for Student Affairs; Rev. Dennis Gallagher, A.A., Vice President for Mission; Evan Lipp, Vice President for Enrollment Management and President Dr. Francesco Cesareo.
The college indicates, “This Matriculation Ceremony not only welcomes the class officially, but also introduces them to the values of Assumption College and the importance of the academic journey upon which they have embarked.”
The class of 2017 was encouraged to make the best of the next four years. That means diving into exotic subjects, taking advantage of the liberal arts education and being open to new opportunities. If they do so, the rewards that they will reap in return will help them learn more about themselves, and ultimately, about what it means to be human.
President Cesareo stated that the college experience is about “discovering your vocation” or the “search of happiness and holiness.” To do so, students must learn to question everything they know to be true and think critically.
To further stress the significance of one’s vocation, Cesareo quoted Cardinal John Henry Newman who said, “God has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another . . . I am a link in a chain, a bond of connections between persons.” Each person has been given his or her own unique duty, which will ultimately hold together the rest of the world.
Furthermore, Cesareo made clear the fact that academics are the first priority at Assumption. With that said, education is a privilege. As members of a college community, the first-years were reminded that the integrity of their work is essential to the success of their intellectual growth.
Led by Nicolas Guerra and the senior student leaders, the class recited the Assumption College Academic Honesty Pledge, representing their commitment to the college’s standards and their recognition of its policies.
At the closing of the ceremony, the senior student leaders handed out crosses to the first-year students that were blessed by Rev. Gallagher, signifying a sacred bondage between all members of the Assumption community.
The members of the Class of 2017 ended the celebration of their new beginning with a barbeque hosted by Sodexo in Taylor Dining Hall where hot dogs, hamburgers and cookies were enjoyed.