William Woods University will welcome more than 300 new students to campus on Wednesday, Aug. 18. 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, a twister tournament and fraternity/sorority recruitment, the orientation promises to be both educational and fun.
“We are looking forward to welcoming our new students on Wednesday,” Venita Mitchell, dean of students, said. “We have lots of orientation activities planned, which help smooth the transition to university life and prepare students for great semester.”
The campus will be alive with activity all day Wednesday, as freshmen and transfer students move into residence halls and, with their families, attend orientation sessions.
The Ivy 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 100 years ago when the class of 1899 planted ivy on campus during a special graduation ceremony.
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.
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 “fun in the sun” activities and social at the dock.
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., and continuing Friday and Saturday. Bids will be delivered Sunday, Aug. 23, to women at 7 a.m. and to men at 7:45a.m.
Orientation concludes Sunday night, and fall semester classes at WWU begin Monday, Aug. 23.