Washington, Pa. (Friday, Aug. 31) – Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) is welcoming 442 new students to campus at its Matriculation ceremony Friday, Aug. 31.
The new students, including first-year, transfer and international exchange students, will sign the W&J mission statement and receive a lapel pin indicating their membership in the College community. After the ceremony, students will take part in the tradition of walking across the College seal in the lobby of Old Main and will gather for a class photo in front of the John A. Swanson Science Center.
W&J’s newest students represent more than 240 high schools across 21 states and 18 countries. They have interests in the College’s pre-medical and business programs and are active volunteers, with 30 percent of the students listing community involvement in their applications. The class averages an SAT score of 1137 and more than 75 percent of the students have taken at least one college-level course.
Classes begin for all W&J students Monday, Sept. 3. The College will ring in the 2012-13 academic year at its Convocation ceremony Monday at 4:30 p.m. During the event, which concludes with a campus picnic for the entire College community, the bell in Old Main will ring for what is normally the only time throughout the year.
The Matriculation ceremony is available for live viewing at www2.washjeff.edu/live. Live streaming will begin 30 minutes before the ceremony starts at 2 p.m.