W&J to Welcome New Students, Open New Academic Year

Created: August 27, 2014
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WASHINGTON, Pa. (Aug. 27, 2014)—More than 400 students will become the newest members of the Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) community at its annual Matriculation ceremony Aug. 27 at 3 p.m.

First-year students, including freshmen, transfers and international exchange students, will be welcomed by Michelle Anderson, W&J’s Director of Financial Aid and interim Vice President for Enrollment. At the ceremony, new students will be introduced, sign the mission statement of the College, and receive a W&J lapel pin indicating their lifetime membership in the distinguished community of scholars who have matriculated at W&J. As is tradition, during the recessional, students will walk over the W&J seal in the floor of the Old Main lobby.

President Tori Haring-Smith, Ph.D., will welcome the students, encouraging them 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,” Haring-Smith told students at last year’s ceremony. “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.”

During the ceremony, the bell in Old Main will ring for what is normally the only time throughout the year.

The first day of class at W&J is Sept. 1. An all-campus picnic will begin at 5:15 p.m. You may watch the Matriculation ceremony at https://www.washjeff.edu/live

 

About Washington & Jefferson College

Washington & Jefferson College, located in Washington, Pa., is a national liberal arts and sciences college founded in 1781. Committed to providing each of its students with the highest-quality undergraduate education available, W&J offers a traditional liberal arts and sciences curriculum emphasizing interdisciplinary study and independent student work.

For more information about W&J, visit www.washjeff.edu, or call 888-926-3529.

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