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Move-In Day 2018

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The Saint Francis community welcomed more than 350 incoming freshman to the University Thursday. President Father Malachi Van Tassell T.O.R., Ph.D., and a large number of faculty and staff greeted the new students and their families throughout the day, while more than 50 volunteer orientation counselors helped unload and carry luggage into the residence halls.

Many students in the incoming class will graduate in 2022, Saint Francis University’s 175th anniversary year. The new students were given t-shirts adorned with “175” and the word “Dodransbicentennial”, which means 175th anniversary in Latin. 

After moving into residence halls, families were treated to coffee, snacks and ice cream at the JFK Student Center. The Bell Tower Ceremony followed on the campus mall, where select freshman rang the bell 22 times, for the class of 2022. The Bell rings only twice each year—on move-in and Commencement days.

The students then headed to DeGol Field, where they were officially welcomed to the Saint Francis Family. The University Band played the SFU alma mater, Student Government President Ms. Jamie Houston greeted her new classmates, and President Van Tassell gave the official welcome address.

Ms. Erin McCloskey, Vice President of Enrollment Management, gave the Matriculation address, which highlighted the new students’ diverse backgrounds and accomplishments. She recognized the following freshman:

Abigail Young: The very first student to apply and be accepted from the Class of 2022 on September 26th, 2017.  

Taylor Eckenrode: The first student to confirm her enrollment in the Class of 2022 by submitting her tuition deposit on October 10, 2017.

Nicholas Woo: The US citizen who has traveled the farthest to join the class of 2022.  Nicolas traveled from Novato, California—2,646 miles—to join the Red Flash family. 

Amelia Laudenbach: The international student who has traveled the farthest distance to join the SFU Class of 2022—over 9,800 miles! Amelia traveled from Canberra, Australia.  

McCloskey went on to list impressive facts and figures about the SFU “Dodran” Class of 2022:

  • 112 students have been involved with the National Honor Society 
  • 291 students were involved athletically during high school with 76 serving as captains or co-captains
  • 304 students were involved with band or chorus
  • 58 students have participated in theatre or musicals
  • 327 students have performed community service through your church or school  
  • Geographically, the freshman came to Loretto from over 31 states and countries, such as Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, Florida, California, Germany, Australia, China, France, and Argentina.

“It is with great pride that the office of Admissions presents the Class of 2022 to Saint Francis University,” said McCloskey. “You are individuals who are deserving of access to our strong academic resources and rich Catholic, Franciscan tradition. Each one of you has demonstrated promise in your potential to make the best use of your opportunity at Saint Francis.”

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