Aug. 23, 2017: new academic year
As our academic year begins, we pray for the four students and one alumna involved in the car accident on Monday. The days ahead will be very difficult for those who survived the tragedy, and we as a community will continue supporting each individual and their families. I am grateful for the tremendous support already offered by many students, as well as the staff and faculty in Mission and Ministry, Student Life, Arts and Sciences, and Nursing.
Following a successful move-in last weekend and Tuesday’s annual Creighton Pathway and academic convocation, today we officially welcome the largest group of incoming freshmen in University history.
There are numerous individuals and departments that worked tirelessly over the summer to prepare residence halls, Welcome Week events, coursework, and the many other required aspects of the traditional beginning of the new academic year.
In particular, I would like to thank Tanya Winegard, PhD, and her staff in Student Life for their work in making new students and their parents feel welcome as lines formed early for move-in on Friday. Also, we would not have the largest freshman class in University history – currently at 1,125 – without the persistence of the team in Enrollment Management, led by Mary Chase, EdD.
Over the weekend, I was pleased to spend time with parents, as well as members of the class of 2021, which is academically outstanding and represents both multicultural and geographic diversity in its composition. I look forward to watching these young women and men flourish and contribute to our Jesuit, Catholic mission during their time as undergraduates.
If you would like to experience some of the excitement from move-in, please view a brief video recap produced by University Communications and Marketing.
I look forward to seeing many of you on campus soon, and continuing our celebration of the beginning of the fall semester during the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Wednesday, Sept. 13, beginning at 11 a.m. in St. John’s Church. This tradition in Jesuit higher learning dates to 1548, and is a time in which the campus community gathers to thank God for the gifts of creation and salvation and to seek the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit in the coming academic year.
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ