The Saint Francis community welcomed more than 400 incoming freshmen to the University on Thursday August 22nd. University President Very Rev. 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 40 volunteer orientation counselors helped unload and carry luggage into the residence halls.
After moving into residence halls, families were treated to coffee, snacks, and ice cream at the JFK Student Center. Students were given SFU-red t-shirts to start their journeys off with school pride. The
Bell Tower Ceremony followed on the campus mall, where select freshman rang the bell 23 times for the class of 2023. The Bell rings only twice each year—on move-in and Commencement days.
The students, along with their family members, then headed to the Stokes Athletics Center where they were officially welcomed to the Saint Francis Family, including a welcome address by President Van Tassell.
Ms. Cindy Sisson, Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management, gave the matriculation address, which highlighted the new students’ diverse backgrounds and accomplishments. She recognized the following impressive figures about the Class of 2023:
- 84 students were National Honor Society members
- 277 participated in high school athletics with 79 serving as captains and co-captains
- 257 students were band or chorus members
- 78 students have participated in theatre or musicals
- 314 performed in community service
Here are some additional fun facts:
Class of 2023 students are coming from from 34 states and 14 countries.
We now have two sets of international siblings as students, one from Germany and the other from Trinidad & Tobago.
Charles Pelsang was the first student to apply to Saint Francis and be accepted on 9/26 and was the first student to pay their deposit on 9/30.
Matthew Jones from Christchurch, New Zealand is the student to have traveled the farthest to join the Class of 2023. This is where a SFU men's soccer alum Frances De Vries was from—he helped Matthew navigate the college search process.
“Your abilities and potential for future achievements are a special match for our strong academic resources and rich Catholic, Franciscan tradition,” said Ms. Sisson. “Under the guidance of our faculty, we anticipate your future and success as you become that someone.”
Welcome Class of 2023!