Class of 2019 New Student Convocation

Class of 2019 New Student Convocation

Faculty and staff welcome the Lycoming College Class of 2019 as they processes from the David B. Sykes gates to the upper quad on campus, a tradition for all incoming classes at Lycoming College.

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Lycoming College welcomed the class of 2019 to campus during its annual New Student Convocation on Friday, Aug. 21. The traditional ceremony, which marks the beginning of each academic year, was held on the college’s upper quad near Clarke Chapel.

The ceremony began with the traditional opening of David B Sykes gates by the Student Senate Officers, followed by a procession of the new class to the quad, where they were joined by faculty, staff and senior administrators in academic apparel.

The Lycoming College Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. William Ciabattari, conductor and associate professor of music, performed several selections for the prelude and the processional.

Following the processional, Alison Gregory, vice-chair of the faculty, presented the mace. The mace, which has an ancient history as a symbol of authority, is carried before the president in academic processions and represents the authority of the institution. The current Lycoming College mace was presented to the college by the class of 1963.

The National Anthem was then played, followed by the invocation, given by Jeffrey LeCrone, campus minister. Rev. LeCrone is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church.. He also serves as the director of the Community Service Center.

Daniel Miller, Ph.D., vice president for student life and dean of students, gave the college welcome. Dean Miller was followed by Student Senate President, Allison de Haas, a junior with a major in political science from Easton, Pa.

The Lycoming College Choir, under the director of Christopher M. Jackson, D.M.A., conductor and assistant professor of music, performed a work by Paul Basler, “Alleluia,” which featured Sara Petokas on French horn and Lee Saville-Iksic on piano. The choir also performed an arrangement of “Set Down, Servant” later in the program.

Philip Sprunger, Ph.D., provost and dean of the college, made the official presentation of the class, which was followed by a charge from Kent Trachte, Ph.D., president of the college. The president encouraged the class to discover in what ways they could embody the “I am Lycoming” motto.

The faculty address was delivered by Cullen Chandler, Ph.D., department chair and associate professor of history.

Dean of First-Year Students, Andrew Kilpatrick, closed the event by congratulating the class. He reminded them that as Lycoming College Freshmen, their world would change significantly as they are now official members of the Class of 2019. Kilpatrick invited the audience to attend the reception for new students and their families hosted by President Trachte, which immediately followed the ceremony.

For Kilpatrick, the New Student Convocation is only the beginning of an exciting and full weekend of freshman welcome activities. Lycoming College initiated 1st Weekend in 1989. The three-day program included seminars conducted by faculty and staff designed to help new students successfully make the transition from high school to college. The weekend also included a number of social and recreational activities, including a presidential reception, ice-cream social, and laser-tag.

Prior to convocation, Lycoming’s Move-In Crew, composed of students and staff, was on hand to assist new students and their families with move in.

About the Class
The Class of 2019 is the most diverse class in the College’s history—whether we measure diversity in terms of geography, ethnicity or socioeconomic background. 

  • Domestic students of color compose almost 26% of the class
  • The Class includes 24 students from Texas and 6 from California.
  • 53 percent of the class is a Pennsylvania resident.
  • Partnerships with KIPP, YES PREP, MOSTE, NOBLE Charter Schools, and SAY YES to Education, yielded 39 students from around the country: California, Chicago, San Antonio, Houston, Nashville, Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Newark, and Memphis.
  • Our new class includes more men than women. Men compose 53% of the class and women 47%.
  • The class includes 20 international students, which is almost 6 percent of the class. When combined with our 7 exchange students, the 27 students represent 15 countries.