Armed with all the essentials of dorm life, including televisions, bedding, laptops, and entire wardrobes on hangers and in suitcases, nearly 600 new students began their USciences experience on Friday, Aug. 23.
Move-in day marks one of the biggest days of the year at the University, and kicks off the Welcome Week for all students. The annual event united new students and their families with the USciences community as they arrived to campus and checked in at the Athletic/Recreation Center (ARC).
Students received help unloading vehicles and moving boxes into their residence halls from current University students, dubbed “Arrival Survival Team.” With rooms filled to the brim, the new students and their parents, along with faculty and staff, assembled in the ARC for the University’s 11th annual convocation ceremony.
The faculty led a processional of new students – all clad in matching t-shirts – into the packed gymnasium. University President Dr. Helen Giles-Gee, as well as other administrative and faculty members, officially welcomed the students to the first day of their collegiate journey.
“I speak for all of the members of the campus community when I say that you were specially chosen to be here, and your arrival was eagerly anticipated,” said Dr. Giles-Gee. “We all want you to succeed and stay to fulfill your goals.”
The classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019 represent a diverse group of aspiring healthcare professionals and leaders in such majors as pharmacy, biology, physical therapy, healthcare business, and health policy. For the 2013-14 school year, USciences receives approximately 230 students into its Philadelphia College of Pharmacy; 212 into its Samson College of Health Sciences; 140 into the Misher College of Arts and Sciences; and 10 into the new Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy. These students also represent 20 different countries.
Donna Duncan, executive director of Linda Creed Foundation, was this year’s keynote speaker, and encouraged new students to become involved in community service throughout their academic stay.
“You do not have to struggle to identify an agency to work with because USciences is well connected to the Greater Philadelphia community, and has identified many areas and organizations that can benefit from your involvement and service,” said Duncan.
An array of activities are planned for new students during the University’s “Welcome Week” to help familiarize them with the USciences and Philadelphia communities.
to watch “Student Voices from Move-in Day 2013.” Pictures from move-in day can also be found here