William Woods Welcomes Incoming Students with Ivy Ceremony

Following “The Woods Way” theme, William Woods University will welcome new students to campus on Wednesday, Aug. 19. 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, community service projects, a campus scavenger hunt and a ghost hunt, 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 Chain Ceremony around Senior Lake will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday. A 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.


On Thursday morning, students will work in teams to complete a variety of community service projects. That night, they will participate in a campus scavenger hunt designed to acquaint them with their surroundings. Then, from 10 p.m. to midnight, they will have the opportunity to take part in a campus ghost hunt.


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.


Other Friday activities include advising meetings, “fun in the sun” activities and a “drive-in” movie on the campus lawn.


Sessions during the week will provide information on academics, student employment and financial aid. Information on WWU’s unique LEAD (Leading, Educating, Achieving and Developing) program of student involvement will also be provided.


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. 23—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. 24.



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For more information, contact Michelle Kemp, director of career services and student success, at (573) 592-4313 or michelle.kemp@williamwoods.edu. For a complete schedule of orientation activities and possible photo opportunities, please see our website: