William Woods Welcomes Incoming Students with Ivy Ceremony

Following a “Fun in the Sun” theme, William Woods University will welcome new students to campus on Wednesday, Aug. 20. The traditional Ivy Ceremony at 5 p.m. will highlight five days of events orienting freshmen and new students to WWU.

Featuring academic sessions, advising meetings, bowling and an ice cream social, the orientation promises to be both educational and fun.

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

“Orientation is such an exciting time of year for the entire campus community and certainly for our new students and their families,” Michelle Kemp, director of career services and student success, said.

“We are all looking forward to welcoming our new students on Wednesday. We have lots of fun and educational activities planned for the rest of the week leading up to the beginning of a great semester.”

She added, “We have a very large incoming class and a lot of very dedicated returning students to work with them, so it promises to be a great opening of school.”

The Ivy Ceremony around Senior Lake at 5 p.m. Wednesday will follow a 3:30 p.m. “Resource Fair” in the main hallway and east lawn of the Academic Building. The campus welcome barbeque for students and their families will be held immediately after the Ivy Ceremony.

The Ivy 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.

A presentation of the PostSecret Project will be held Friday morning and WWU’s Peer Players will present an entertaining “Campus Life Play” Friday evening. The play aims to inform students about important issues they will face and the resources available on campus to assist them.

An academic session on Saturday will allow students to learn more about academic life at WWU and how to be successful. Other sessions will provide information on student employment and financial aid. Information on WWU’s unique LEAD (Leading, Educating, Achieving and Developing) program of student involvement will be provided Sunday.

There will be time for fun, too. Social activities are planned each day, including an ice cream social Wednesday night; a trip to Fulton Bowling Center Thursday night; Game Night (games, prizes and carnival food) Friday night, “Beat the Heat” movies Sunday afternoon and a comedian, Johnny Walker, Sunday evening.

Other orientation activities include “Fun in the Sun,” to allow students to cool off with various outdoor water activities, “The Woods Game Show” and a campus scavenger hunt to help new students find their way around campus.

Women’s sorority recruitment begins at 6 p.m. Thursday and continues Friday and Saturday. 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 and Saturday. Bids will be delivered Sunday, Aug. 24—to women at 7 a.m. and to men at 7:45 a.m.

Orientation concludes Sunday night, and fall semester classes at William Woods begin Monday, Aug. 25.

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