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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Lycoming College will welcome the Class of 2015 to campus during its annual New Student Convocation on Friday, Aug. 26, at 4 p.m. The traditional ceremony, which marks the beginning of the academic year, will be held on the College's Upper Quad near Clarke Chapel and opens with the class processing throught the David B Sykes Gates. The tradition has been a part of convocation since 1997. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Recreation Center.
With more than 420 freshmen and 40 transfer students arriving for the start of the semester, the group is the largest new-student class the College has welcomed in more than a decade. Members of the class will come from approximately 22 states and 10 foreign countries. Though they have diverse academic interests, the most popular programs appear to be biology, business, criminal justice, education, psychology and archaeology.
To help observe the College's ongoing bicentennial celebration, a recording of the alma mater will be played during the ceremony on the 25-bell carillon in Clarke Chapel. Each day thereafter, the melody will play at 12:39 p.m., which symbolizes Lycoming's founding in 1812 and the chapel's dedication in 1939. The words of the alma mater were written by former professor Helen B. Weidman and the music is from J. Brahms' Symphony No. 1. The carillon is a gift of the Class of 1966.
The New Student Convocation guest speaker will be U.S. Rep. Thomas Marino, who earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Lycoming in 1985.
Marino was sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 5, 2011. He sits on three House committees – Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security and Judiciary – and eight subcommittees. He has also served as a prosecutor, first as Lycoming County District Attorney and then as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
After graduating high school, Marino worked in a manufacturing job until, at the age of 30, he decided to go to college. He earned his bachelor's and law degrees in five years, attending the former Williamsport Area Community College, Lycoming College and Dickinson School of Law.
Marino and his wife, Edie, reside in Cogan Station, Pa., with their two children, Chloe and Victor.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.