WAYNESBURG – Waynesburg University’s 2014-15 academic school year officially began Thursday with the university’s annual Matriculation Ceremony.
President Douglas G. Lee and other university leaders welcomed the freshman class at the 2 p.m. ceremony in Roberts Chapel.
Lee spoke to the Class of 2018 about his own matriculation experience at Waynesburg in 1977, asking them to remember and record their feelings about the day.
He went on to say each student is a reflection of the many Waynesburg University alumni who have become leaders in education, health care, ministry, science, politics and more, calling students to live out the university’s motto, “Fiat Lux.”
“Today, Waynesburg’s history becomes your heritage. Be proud, be confident. Become the light that God intends you to be,” Lee said. “With his abundant grace, we are here to help you do that. Fiat Lux. Let there be light.”
During the ceremony, names were announced by Lanny Frattare, assistant professor of communication, and Doug Wilson, lecturer of communication.
Matriculation marks the beginning of an eventful weekend organized to introduce freshmen to their new home at Waynesburg University. The incoming class will meet with faculty, participate in activities that allow them to meet other new students and attend numerous informational meetings.
The university welcomed students from many different states, including, but not limited to, California, Colorado, Florida, Texas and Virginia.
The class includes six Scout Scholarship recipients, six Stover Scholarship recipients, 15 Bonner Scholarship recipients and one Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honor Scholarship recipient.
The incoming class had the opportunity to participate in more than 15 different events that the admissions office hosted throughout the year.
Jessica Sumpter, director of admissions, said her staff and campus community is excited to welcome the many students with whom they aided in the college search and selection process.
“We are excited for the students to finally be able to experience all that Waynesburg University has to offer,” said Sumpter. “We could not be more thrilled that the incoming students have chosen to come to Waynesburg University.”
Freshmen moved into their residence halls Thursday. Upperclassmen will move into residence halls Sunday and classes will begin Monday.