With portions of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech" echoing across the audience, members of Franklin & Marshall College's Class of 2017 were surrounded by messages of inspiration during Convocation on Aug. 27 in F&M's Alumni Sports & Fitness Center.
The formal ceremony welcoming the incoming class to the College community took place on the eve of the historic civil rights March on Washington, D.C., and the theme of the day focused on urging students to make a difference in their communities and the world. This video captures highlights from the event, which capped a four-day orientation for the class.
Joining F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield in welcoming the 609-member class, the most diverse in the College's history, were Daniel Lugo, vice president and dean of admission and financial aid at F&M, Sociology Professor Carol Auster, student leader and F&M senior Rebecca Green, and F&M Trustee Emeritus Henry Wiggins Jr., M.D., '55, P'91, who marched for civil rights in 1965, joining King and 25,000 others on the road from Selma, Ala., to the state's capital, Montgomery.