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      Widener Welcomes the Class of 2021, the 200th Graduating Class of the University!

      Widener Pride Traditions

      The Class of 2021 join the Widener Pride tradition of touching the statues after convocation.

      Widener University welcomed students in the “Class of 2021” – the 200th graduating class – as they officially joined the Widener Pride community on August 23.

      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.

      “It’s always an exciting day when our freshmen students move to campus,” Widener University President Dr. Julie E. Wollman said, as she greeted families during their arrivals on main campus in Chester. “I’ve been looking forward to welcoming the Class of 2021. Their next four years will be special as we prepare to celebrate the university's 200th anniversary.”

      While students settled into their residence halls, parents had the opportunity to meet with Denise Gifford, associate provost and dean of students, to learn how they can transition to their role as a college parent.

      The day ended with “goodbye hugs” at the Class of 2021 Pride BBQ for students and their families.

      Throughout their first week on campus, students took part in orientation programs designed to highlight Widener’s values of diversity, leadership and civic engagement.

      "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.

      Now in its fifth year, the freshman day of service, which allows students to perform services throughout the community, involved more than 100 students. Other students were able to participate in leadership workshops, learn about global engagement opportunities and explore the city of Philadelphia.

      The week culminated with the Academic Convocation on Memorial Field, where freshmen heard from President Wollman.

      “Everyone at Widener wants to see you succeed. That’s our number one priority,” she said.

      “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.”

      To mark the tradition of joining the Widener Pride family, the class of 2021 joined student athletes to sing the fight song and then touch the Widener Pride statute – which symbolizes good luck for their time at Widener!

      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.”

      To watch the Academic Convocation, which was captured live, visit the Widener Facebook page.


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