The Class of 2012 officially marches into the history of Franklin & Marshall College Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m. as the College inaugurates its 222nd year with a convocation ceremony on the lawn in front of Old Main.
College President John Fry, the faculty and professional staff will welcome 590 first-year students for a rite that marks the end of orientation and the beginning of the school year. It will be the first time the entire class officially gathers.
Convocation is a time-honored tradition when College masters extol eager minds to seek learning during their time at Franklin & Marshall.
Fry will address the class and is expected to urge the students to take full advantage of the opportunities college offers them. Professor of Anthropology Michael Billig will also address the class.
Sophomore Sarah Dileo ’11 fondly remembered her convocation as an auspicious start to her first year here. “We felt fortunate to be there. A lot of upperclassmen welcomed us,” Dileo recalled.
Lauren Kristich ’10 noted that first-year students spend most of their orientation with members of their College House. At convocation the class stood together. “It was an exciting way for the school year to start,” she said.
In the event of inclement weather, convocation will be held in the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center.
For an interesting look at the College’s convocation ceremonies from 1929 and 1939, visit Franklin & Marshall’s Archive & Special Collections film Web site.