by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson
August 27, 2012
Class of 2016 at a Glance:
- 607 members
- Nine are gap-year students
- 20 transferred from other colleges or universities
- Four are part of Dickinson's Community College Partnership program
- 48 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high-school classes
- 7 percent are first-generation college students
- 8 percent are international students
- 28 percent are varsity athletes
- 22 have had a sibling at Dickinson
- 26 have had a parent or grandparent at Dickinson
Rainy weather couldn't quell the excitement buzzing about campus during the Aug. 26 Convocation, but it did significantly alter plans. Traditionally held outdoors on the steps of Old West, the ceremony was moved inside the Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, and the newest members of the college community were welcomed into the fold against an aural backdrop of occasional thunder and staccato bursts of rain.
"It's a little disappointing that it can't be held outside, since that's the tradition here," admitted Audrey Owens '16 of New York. "But watching the faculty process in—and sitting here with everyone else in my class, together for the first time—is exciting. And you can still get a sense of the togetherness and the tradition."
Because of the uncooperative weather, the Convocation ceremony has been divided in half: On Aug. 26, administrators and faculty members welcomed the new Dickinsonians, offered advice and acknowledged past successes in a series of addresses. The college will complete the 2012 Convocation outdoors on Tuesday at noon, when students will walk up the steps of Old West and sign the college register.
Tuesday also will usher in a new tradition: the bestowing of limestone fragments—mined from the same quarry that supplied building materials for Old West and other campus landmarks—to students about to embark on their undergraduate careers.