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More than 380 new student arrived at Lycoming College on Friday, Aug. 27, in preparation of their first semester on campus. After settling into their residence halls, with help from the Lyco Move-in Crew, members of the Class of 2014 and their families attended the New Student Convocation. The students also competed in First Weekend activities.
To mark the official beginning of their academic careers, the class processed through the David B. Sykes gates and was welcomed by faculty and staff in full regalia at the ceremony held on the lawn near the Fine Arts Building. Judge P. Kevin Brobson, who graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in accounting and economics, gave the convocation address. He was sworn in as a judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in January 2010.
"To the incoming freshman class, I offer my heartfelt congratulations," said Brobson. "This will long be a memorable day for you and your family members. You should be very proud of the accomplishments that have led you here today. Congratulations and welcome."
After describing his run for political office, which, according to Brobson, included traveling more than 35,000 miles, eating countless chicken dinners, and trying strange concoctions like chocolate covered bacon and deep-fried Stromboli at county fairs, he asked the students two questions: Who are you? Why are you here?
He told them that if they haven't yet explored those questions, now is the time. He said that Lycoming will be their launching point of a life-long period of examination, reexamination and self-discovery.
"Make no mistake … you alone will determine the path before you," Brobson told the new students. "But, next to the bedrock of what you bring from home; the foundation you build here—in your dorms, in your classrooms, and among your professors and peers—will be the foundation of your future and what you achieve in life."
Brobson also made a reference to General Douglas MacArthur, who once said: "Nobody grows old by merely living a number in years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul."
In closing, Brobson told the class: "May your individual efforts here at Lycoming College lead to great advantages, not only for yourself, but to the kind of advantages that will benefit all of humanity. Should you choose it, all is within your reach."
For the Class of 2014, the conclusion of the convocation ceremony was followed by the start of some new and exciting First Weekend activities. This year marked the beginning of what hopes to be a new tradition. Students divided into teams from the two freshman residence halls, Skeath and Asbury, and competed in activities including laser tag and field events for the "Skasbury Cup." The men's team from second-floor Skeath acquired the most points in the individual competition. The overall winner and recipient of the cup, awarded during Sunday's outdoor campus movie, was the team of Asbury Hall and the commuters.
To view all of the photos from the weekend, visit our photo galleries page.