Moving In

Hartwick College Welcome Weekend Greets New Class, Returning Students

August 22, 2018

The Hartwick College experience begins today for new students. As they move in, they are taking in new sights, making new friends, and taking part in a variety of Welcome Weekend activities.

New students began the check-in process this morning, as they moved into residence halls and attended Welcome Weekend activities and events, all designed to acclimate them to the college environment. Residential students were able to settle in before a complimentary picnic lunch was offered to students and their families on Frisbee Field. A resource fair also took place, with representatives from vendors like local banks on hand to display what is available to the newest Oneonta residents.

The new class also individually signed the Matriculation Book with President Margaret L. Drugovich, an annual College tradition signifying each student’s place in, and commitment to, the College community and its values.

Returning student move-in begins at 8 a.m. on Sunday, August 26.

Tomorrow, Opening Convocation marks the beginning of the new academic experience; the ceremony included a procession of new students, faculty, staff, and administrators in full academic regalia, and remarks by President Drugovich.

The new student festivities continue throughout the weekend. Other social highlights of Welcome Weekend include:

  • Comedian Leonard Ouzts – 8 p.m., Thursday. Slade Theatre, Yager Hall
  • Pine Lake Extravaganza (multi-activity event) – 4:30 p.m., Friday. Pine Lake Environmental Campus
  • Wicked Saturday Night (multi-activity event) – 8 p.m., Saturday. Founders’ Way

The full schedule of events, which includes important academic and technology sessions, as well as ‘Wick 101 classes, can be downloaded here.

The College’s incoming class boasts an academically accomplished and diverse group of 450 students:

  • 80 are members of the National Honor Society;
  • 204 participated in varsity athletics, 74 were captains;
  • 49 played musical instruments;
  • 30 had a role in or directed a drama production;
  • 156 participated in youth leadership opportunities or community service;
  • Many are world travelers, having been to or had foreign exchange experiences in Greece, Costa Rica, Taiwan, Zimbabwe, Poland, Austria, Spain, Honduras, and Nigeria

“Talented high school seniors and transfers continue to find Hartwick attractive due to our unique focus of melding a traditional liberal arts curriculum with experiential learning opportunities,” said Director of Admissions Lisa Starkey-Wood. “Our students recognize that when they finish their studies here, they will be prepared well to meet any challenge as they pursue their career goals.

“We always look forward to welcoming the new class, and we are excited to see where their Hartwick journey takes them.”