Widener welcomes the 200th graduating class of the university!
Widener University welcomes students in the “Class of 2021” – the 200th graduating class – as they officially join the Widener Pride community!
Faculty, staff, and returning students greeted more than 700 members of the Class of 2021 as part of student move-in day, a university tradition in which volunteers help the new arrivals and their families unload cars and carry items into their residence halls. Students then took part in orientation week programs designed to highlight Widener’s values of diversity, leadership and civic engagement.
The experience culminated in the Academic Convocation on Memorial Field, where freshmen heard from Widener President Dr. Julie E. Wollman.
“Everyone at Widener wants to see you succeed. That’s our number one priority,” she said.
Wollman also imparted advice for success. She told students to believe in themselves, push themselves, ask for help and accept it, and get to know their professors. She explained the “We’re All Widener” principle and encouraged them to build friendships with classmates from different backgrounds.
“I look forward to meeting each and every one of you personally. I can’t wait to see what you accomplish here and I can’t wait to encounter you again at this very same place when I shake your hand at graduation,” she said. “Welcome to our Widener Pride family.”
Among the “Widener 200” is Kimara Dix, a freshman nursing major, who is thrilled to finally be on campus. “Widener was my top choice,” she said. “I’ve been waiting all summer to embark on this new adventure!”
The orientation week events are meant to immediately begin building a sense of unity among the students, said Austin Duckett, assistant dean for student life.
“It is a student-centered experience that helps launch students into their new community, the pride community,” he said. “This allows them to delve in and become part of that.”
To watch the Academic Convocation, which was captured live, visit the Widener Facebook page.