W&J Welcomes New Students at Mid-Year Matriculation Ceremony as Spring Semester Opens

WASHINGTON, Pa. (Jan. 29, 2014)—Two dozen students from all over the world are now Presidents, officially joining the Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) campus community at the College’s annual Mid-year Matriculation ceremony Monday.

Transfer students, international students, and first-year students were welcomed by John Zimmerman, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty, and Dr. Tori Haring-Smith, president of the College.

Students introduced themselves, signed the mission statement of the College, and received a W&J lapel pin indicating their lifetime membership in the distinguished community of scholars who have matriculated at W&J. As is tradition, the students can now walk over the College seal in the floor of the Old Main lobby.

New international students are attending W&J from Australia, Republic of Korea, Germany, Austria, Brazil, China, The Netherlands, Peru and Japan.

Haring-Smith encouraged the students to work hard to get the most out of their time at W&J. 

“Your education will grow in value the more effort that you put into it. We will provide you with a dedicated faculty who want you to succeed, support services that are designed to help and challenge you, a world of information and ideas at your fingertips. The College will let you know what you need to do to master a subject or a skill. But you must get engaged and work hard in order to achieve that mastery yourself. Yes, you will receive a syllabus with reading assignments and paper deadlines and testing dates. But you will have to do the work.”

The Spring semester at W&J begins today.

“Dream, explore, and expand your mind,” Haring-Smith added.       

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