A new class
Lycoming College welcomed the Class of 2016 for its First Weekend festivities on Friday, Aug. 24. After unloading cars with the help of Lyco’s very own Move-In Crew, greeting new roommates and stopping to snap a few photos, the class began the ceremonial New Student Convocation by processing through the David B Sykes Gate. The tradition, which began in 1997, will be complemented four years later when, as seniors, they march through the Oliver Sterling Metzler Gate, open once a year for the College’s graduation ceremonies.
This year’s Convocation featured Lauren Lawson-Zilai ’99 as a special guest speaker. She is the director of public relations and national spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International.
Throughout the weekend, students participated in some friendly competition. Two teams from the freshman residence halls, Skeath and Asbury, joined by commuting students, squared-off in activities that included laser tag and field events for the third annual Skasbury Cup.
The females in turquoise from third floor Skeath took the prize for the individual residence hall floor who accumulated the most points through success in the competitions. The light blue commuters’ team won the honor for school spirit.
Groups of students also began community service projects – required of all freshmen – by volunteering for the Little League World Series and participating in trail clean-up. Service events, such as the annual Hand-in-Hand Festival and Habitat for Humanity 5K, will continue throughout the year.
Members of the class hail from 22 states – including all four corners of the U.S. – and 10 foreign countries. Academically, their future looks bright, with SAT scores well above national and state averages. Two will bring in perfect SAT math scores of 800. Fifty-seven freshmen received invitations to Lycoming’s Scholars Program and 22 are high school valedictorians or salutatorians.
Though their academic interests are diverse, many are attracted to Lycoming’s archaeology, biology,business, criminal justice, education and psychology programs. The class will see the highest number of students planning to pursue majors in astronomy, physics and chemistry when compared to previously enrolled classes. Outside the classroom, one out of three students plan to participate in varsity athletics and one out of four plan to participate in the College’s music and theatre ensembles.
View the First Weekend photo galleries.