Incoming Students Welcomed With Ivy Chain Ceremony

William Woods University will welcome new students to campus on Tuesday, Aug. 17. The traditional Ivy Chain Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. will highlight a weeklong series of events orienting freshmen and new students to WWU.

The campus will be alive with activity all day, as freshmen and transfer students move in to residence halls, and they and their families attend orientation sessions.

Approximately 255 students make up the incoming class, with about 150 of them coming from Missouri. Thirty-five states and five foreign countries are represented.

The Ivy Chain Ceremony around Senior Lake at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday will follow a 2:30 p.m. “President’s Welcome” in Cutlip Auditorium. The President’s barbeque for students and their families will be held immediately after the Ivy Chain Ceremony.

The Ivy Chain Ceremony marks the start of the students’ college life. When they graduate, the ivy will be cut during another ceremony, symbolizing separation from college and the beginning of a new life. The tradition is believed to have begun more than a hundred years ago when the Class of 1899 planted ivy on campus during a special graduation ceremony.

Wednesday morning the new students will participate in “Freshman Experience,” an introduction to the academic life of the campus. Thursday morning they will have the opportunity to “Learn the Ropes” and get to know their peers and current students through fun and challenging experiences.

Other orientation activities during the week include academic testing, employment sessions and introductory sessions on WWU’s unique LEAD (Leading, Educating, Achieving and Developing) program of student involvement.

There will be time for fun, too. Social activities are planned each day, including an ice cream social Tuesday night; movie night Wednesday; game show and a “night of improve” Thursday; water games, carnival, dinner, games, a dance party and karaoke Friday; Frisbee golf Saturday and a float trip and paint ball Sunday.

An addition this year is the “Junkyard Masterpiece” team competition at 1 p.m. Friday on the Senior Lake lawn.

Women’s sorority recruitment begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday and continues Thursday and Friday. A “Men’s Night Out” for all men will be held Wednesday, with men’s fraternity recruitment beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday and continuing Friday during the day. Bids will be delivered to women at 8 a.m. Saturday and to men at 9 a.m.

A 4 p.m. session in Thurmond Chapel on “Continuing Your Faith at College,” a barbeque with live music at 5 p.m. and a residential life and campus safety session Sunday evening round out the orientation week activities.

Fall semester classes at William Woods begin Monday, Aug. 23.