Welcome the Class of 2018

Students walking up the Old West steps and shaking hands with administrators, including Dickinson President Nancy Roseman.

Neil Weissman (foreground, left), provost and dean, and President Nancy Roseman (foreground, right) welcome the first two members of the class of 2017 to ascend the steps of Old West. They will descend those steps in three years when they graduate.

Join us for the 2014 Convocation Ceremony 

AUGUST 31 UPDATE: Due to the threat of thunderstorms, this afternoon’s Convocation ceremony will be held in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium. Faculty and administrators will form in the hall of Section C; this section may be reached by entering the doors opposite the Library and turning to the left. The platform party will form in the hall of Section A which is located behind the stage. Rising seniors will line up in the lobby of ATS. The ceremony will be held in the Auditorium. The procession begins at 4:10 p.m. First-year students sit by residence and should be in their seats by 3:45 p.m. Rising seniors, faculty and administrators are to meet at 3:45 p.m. Please note that if the weather is not severe after the Convocation ceremony and it is safe to do so, first-year students will be escorted to Old West to ascend the old stone steps and sign in to the college in Memorial Hall. Please remember to bring umbrellas if you wish. The picnic and concert following Convocation have been moved inside to the HUB; the picnic will take place in the Dining Hall and the concert will be held in the Social Hall.

Join fellow members of the Dickinson community in welcoming the class of 2018 and kicking off the 2014-15 academic year during Convocation

Student Senate President Austin Davis ’15 will speak briefly, and President Nancy A. Roseman will deliver the Convocation address. The Ganoe Award winner, Senior and Junior Sophisters, Phi Beta Kappa members, Shuman Prize winners and the Howard Lane Rubendall Senior Scholarship winner will be recognized. Ann Fogler ’15, a member of the college choir, will lead the singing of the Alma Mater.

Academic regalia for faculty and staff can be obtained at the Bookstore from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 25-29; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 30; and 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Aug. 31.

About Convocation 

Each year, new Dickinsonians gather in front of Old West's venerable stone steps. Literally etched with history and scuffed by centuries of students, those steps are part of Dickinson's most important traditions.

During Convocation, new students walk up the steps, through the doors into Memorial Hall and sign into the college. The doors of Old West symbolize Dickinson's connection to its past and a gateway to the future. 

At Commencement, the graduating class walks out the doors and down the steps, symbolically exiting the college and entering the world of alumni.

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Published August 29, 2014