Members of the Quinnipiac University community filled the academic quad on the Mount Carmel Campus on Aug. 24 to formally welcome the Class of 2016.
Students clad in black robes participated in the university’s annual freshman induction ceremony in the shadow of the Arnold Bernhard Library.
“Today is a milestone in your lives,” said Joan Isaac Mohr, vice president and dean of admissions. “You’re gathered here on the quad and will gather again in 1,360 days, hopefully, at your graduation. The time will go quickly and I encourage you to realize the investment the university, you and your families are making in your future. Take advantage of the range of opportunities that are here for you.”
She told the university’s newest students that more 19,000 students applied to be sitting where they are now.
“Seventy-seven percent of you come from states outside of Connecticut — from 23 states and 15 countries,” she told the freshmen. “Seventeen percent have self-identified as students of color. You’ve come from nearly 800 high schools from Connecticut to California, and from Maine to Florida
“I have met many of you at orientation on an early morning in June,” she said. “We have talked about who you want to be, your goals and about taking risks.”
Shahverdian offered the freshmen advice in the form of a poem, which included:
“You may not remember the speeches today. You may not remember the words that we say,” she said. “But will you remember the way that you feel? The excitement? The potential? The about to become real?”
Shahverdian encouraged the students to do more than just complete their coursework.
“Ask questions and ponder. Take time to just be. Spend time reflecting and help yourself see you are your own person and you get to choose ‘what do I want to be?’ ”