video by Joe O'Neill
Dickinson welcomed the class of 2020 and kicked off the academic year on Sunday, Aug. 28, with a Convocation ceremony that encouraged incoming students to embrace difference while honoring history.
“We hope that you encounter people, practices and ideas very different from your own,” said Neil B. Weissman, interim president, during his welcome address. “The encounter with the new and different may be at times uncomfortable, but it is an inherent and valuable dimension of real learning.”
Student Senate President Savanna Riley ’17 reminded incoming students that this “real learning” will be both literally and figuratively built on a rich 233-year history. Using her recent experience building a pair of new tables for Student Senate as a metaphor for the way current achievements rest on the foundations of the past, Riley urged members of the class of 2020 to both recognize and contribute to the long history that has paved the way for the experience that lies ahead of them
“Please take the 233 years of tables that have come before us—the many legs that we are now standing on—and add to this conglomeration of triumphs, failures, aspirations and global stewardship,” Riley said.
Prior to the welcome addresses, which also included a call to engage the local community from Carlisle Mayor Tim Scott, Stefanie D. Niles, vice president for enrollment, marketing & communications, officially presented the class of 2020 to the Dickinson community. Among the newest Dickinsonians, she noted, are the following:
The incoming class, Niles added, also includes:
The Convocation ceremony also included the presentation of several college awards to current students:
Following the welcome addresses and awards presentations, which included recognition of 2016 Ganoe Award recipient Suman Ambwani, associate professor of psychology, the class of 2020 ascended the old stone steps of Old West to officially sign in to the college. This symbolic journey will be completed in four years during Commencement 2020, when students walk down those same steps as graduates.
Published August 28, 2016