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More Than 330 Students Arrive on Campus for Move-In Day

By Jenna Pizzi

two studentsHundreds of students, their families, and friends flooded Goodman Hall at University of the Sciences Friday morning August 26, 2016, with their living essential in tow, ready to begin the first year of their collegiate journey. 

The upperclass students, known as Arrival Survival Team, helped to hasten the busy moving process, lugging the bags and boxes into the rooms where new students waited, ready to unpack and organize their new space.

Move-In Day kicks off Welcome Weekend for more than 330 students new to the university’s campus. 

The classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 are a diverse group of aspiring healthcare professionals and leaders in majors, such as pharmacy, biology, chemistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and healthcare business. The new students hail from 19 different states including Washington, Hawaii, and Texas. The students include 33 student-athletes, who will represent the Devils in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, riflelry, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

Later that afternoon, the students were presented a special pin during the 14th annual Convocation Ceremony to mark the official start of their USciences experience. 

Dr. Paul Katz, USciences new president, welcomed students and their families, saying they he joins them in beginning their journey at the university. 

“Like many of you, this is actually my first convocation,” Dr. Katz said. 

“We come together to welcome you as new students to our University and to our community of scholars,” Dr. Katz continued. “This is a wonderful academic community that promises to provide you with the opportunities of an excellent education. 

The Convocation Ceremony featured keynote speaker Augustine “Gus” DiStefano, Jr., director of enrollment operations and analytics at USciences. DiStefano spoke about the future of healthcare, which he witnessed first-hand when his daughter Olivia was admitted to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  

DiStefano’s family benefited from the specialized treatment and interprofessional care provided by CHOP and taught in USciences' classrooms. 

“As you begin your studies, I ask that you challenge yourself to take personal responsibility in the quality of your work, exhibit academic integrity, commit to work hard, cultivate you passion for exploration and discovery, and dedicate yourselves to becoming the next generation of doctors, scientists, therapists, pharmacists, and healthcare professionals who can save the life of the next Olivia,” said DiStefano.

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