Dickinson Welcomes Class of 2022 With Convocation Ceremony

Convocation 2018

Convocation 2018

Video by Joe O'Neill

Convocation urges students toward rigorous thought, ethics, tolerance and truth

Dickinson College welcomed the class of 2022 and kicked off the academic year on Sunday, Sept. 2, with a Convocation ceremony that encouraged students to embrace rigorous thought, ethics, tolerance and truth.

"Since the founding of this nation, Dickinson College has been educating leaders dedicated to creating a more just and equitable society—a more perfect union," said Dickinson President Margee Ensign in her Convocation address. "Such leadership calls for rigor of thought, ethical grounding, tolerance, and certainly—most certainly—it calls for a love of truth. That's who we are. That's what we do."

The Convocation ceremony capped off a week that saw 636 new Dickinsonians arrive on campus and participate in Move-In Day, Pre-Orientation Adventures and Orientation. In addition to learning to find their way around campus, the new students participated in community-service projects, team-building experiences and a wide range of activities focused on ethics, civil discourse, inclusivity and engaged citizenship.

Sunday's Convocation ceremony also included the presentation of several college awards to current students:

  • The senior and junior Sophister Awards, presented to the students with the highest GPAs in those classes, went to Kate Levangie ’19 and Sara Duane ’20.
  • The George Shuman Jr. and Mary Louise D’olier Shuman Prizes, given each year to a sophomores for academic performance and contributions to the college and community, were presented to Jessica Oren ’21 and Sagun Sharma ’21
  • The Howard Lane Rubendall Senior Scholarship, established in 1972 by members of Omicron Delta Kappa and Wheel and Chain in honor of retiring President Howard Rubendall, was presented to Sophie Kirkman '19 and Yanqing Zhao '19 in recognition of their leadership and scholarship at Dickinson.

Following Ensign's address and the awards presentations, which included recognition of 2018 Ganoe Award recipient David O’Connell, assistant professor of political science, the class of 2022 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 2022, when students walk down those same steps as graduates.


Published September 2, 2018