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Widener Welcome

Widener University was teeming with incoming students and their families as the campus community greeted the 740 members of the Class of 2018.

“I think my No. 1 piece of advice for the new students is to get involved early, meet the faculty members and the members of the Student Affairs staff and administrators so you can connect a face with a name – and be involved, get involved in activities on and off campus as soon as you can,” said Widener University President James T. Harris III.

Freshman Move-In Day was on Wednesday, Aug. 20, and two days later the new students were officially welcomed to Widener at the Freshman Convocation. Also that week, Widener graduate students prepared for the start of their courses, and a number of other events around campus marked the beginning of the academic year.

One of the new students moving in was Gillian Schaber of Bordentown, N.J. Schaber said one of the reasons she chose Widener was because she was comfortable with the exploratory studies program, although she is leaning toward majoring in communication studies. On move-in day, she said that she was most looking forward to “meeting all the new people and getting to experience the college life, and the freedom of it.”

Following the convocation, members of the freshman class participated in Widener traditions: They walked through the Bown Dome Sculpture Garden, which is symbolic of the past, present, and bright future of the university. They then walked to the Widener Pride lion statues outside of Founders Hall. There, the class heard a rendition of the Widener fight song by freshman football players, C.R.E.W. Leaders, and President Harris, and then touched the Pride lion statues for good luck before heading off to academic advising.

“It’s fantastic to welcome the freshman class, the Class of 2018,” Harris said during move-in day. “We’re going to have a fantastic year. I’ve been meeting a number of students and family members. What a great class we have coming in to join the other great classes at the university.”