Opening Convocation Welcomes Class of 2014

September 8, 2010

The Hartwick College community gathered the afternoon of Friday, September 3 to welcome Oyaron President Drugovich with students at Opening ConvocationHill's newest faces. The 502 members of the Class of 2014 were celebrated during this year's Opening Convocation. They were greeted by their faculty, who stood to honor the students as they began their Hartwick careers.

The ceremony marked the official opening of the 2010-11 academic year. Gathered in Lambros Arena, faculty, staff, families, and friends greeted the first-year and transfer students during the first academic gathering of the year. Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich, Hartwick President, opened the ceremony with words of welcome for the students and their families. She spoke of memes-the spread of ideas and cultural concepts, similar to the way the students will build connections, study, research, travel, create, and critique during their time at Hartwick.

"Learning at Hartwick is a full-contact sport," she said. "You will not be able to sum up your experience here in a tweet."

Vice President for Enrollment Management David Conway next presented the Class of 2014 to the College, praising the students' accomplishments and diversity. He noted the many achievements of this year's first-year students-among them members of National Honor Society, varsity athletes, and world travelers.

"All of us are delighted to have such an accomplished class become part of our community," he said.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Tannenbaum, Student Senate President Samantha Carboni '11, and Chair of the Board of Trustees James J. Elting, M.D. also welcomed students to the start of their Hartwick careers.

"You are the primary reason Hartwick exists," Tannenbaum said, adding the new students to a list that included Hartwick faculty, staff, and alumni.

Carboni noted the class' upcoming journey of discovery, passion, and growth. "We are all here because we are curious about something," she said.

This year's musical interlude was performed by Chelsea Donovan '11, Rachel Hill '13, and Amy Pierce '11, who played Hornpipe from Water Music.

For the second year, Hartwick faculty and students rounded out the ceremony with a presentation demonstrating student-faculty collaboration. Professor of English David Cody, Rebecca Hodder '11, and Simon Murral '11 presented an overview of their work on an annotation of short stories in novels by H.G. Wells.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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