Event for Class of 2014 to set academic tone
Sept. 1, 2010
KALAMAZOO--Members of Western Michigan University's class of 2014 will be formally welcomed during a ceremony aimed at putting a formal academic stamp on the opening days of students' university careers.
A matriculation ceremony set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, in Miller Auditorium is designed to give the incoming freshman class a better sense of the University's traditions, goals and commitment to academic rigor. The event will feature participation by a large contingent of faculty members, welcoming remarks by Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell and WMU Trustee Chair Larry Tolbert, and a keynote address by WMU President John M. Dunn.
At this first formal gathering of the Class of 2014, students will be introduced to the deans of their respective colleges, participate in a pinning ceremony and be asked to take an academic pledge. The ceremony will include a number of brief addresses by people representing various segments of the WMU community. It also will include a presentation by the Kinetic Affect. The event is considered a bookend to commencement, which is students' final formal gathering as a WMU class.
Following the event inside Miller, new students will join University administrators and faculty members on the Fountain Plaza for a luncheon event dubbed "Pizza With the Profs." Both the matriculation ceremony and pizza party are part of WMU's Fall Welcome activities.
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