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335 First Year Students. 22 Majors. 1 New Home.

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on August 31, 2018

move in dayUSciences students, faculty, and staff gathered in force to welcome the newest additions to the campus community on Aug. 24, 2018, as they moved into Goodman and Wilson Halls and celebrated their welcome in an official capacity at our 12th Annual Convocation Ceremony. 

The new class consists of 335 students from 10 states, including California, Colorado, Nevada and Oregon – not to mention international students who traveled even further. They are pursuing a mix of 22 different majors, including pharmacy, physical therapy, biology, occupational therapy, and biomedical sciences. They are smart, too. With an average GPA of 3.72, the class scored an average 1219 on the SAT and earned a 26 ACT composite score.


move in dayThe students arrived, first heading to the Athletic/Recreation Center to check in and get their room keys, an information packet, and a new, USciences t-shirt, in a line of cars quickly unloaded their belongings to be brought up to their new rooms.

Students, their families and friends were not alone, however. A team of USciences upperclass students donning neon t-shirts made up an army of assistants known as “Arrival Survival,” helping new students carry everything from bookshelves to lamps, televisions to bedding up the four story walk up in Goodman Hall and to rooms in Wilson Hall.

Once settled in and unpacked, the students were invited to lunch in Wilson Dining Hall before the Convocation Ceremony.  

Families and friends lined the bleachers in Bobby Morgan Arena and watched as faculty, staff and the administration of the University applauded the new students as they processed into the arena and to their seats. This warm welcome kicked off the ceremony where the students earned thoughtful advice from USciences President Paul Katz, Provost Peter Miller, Elisabeth Morlino, president of the faculty senate, Dean of Students Ross Radish, and Gabe Pallante DPT’21, president of the Student Government Association.

Pallante told the new students to get involved on campus in order to make the most of their time in college.

“Work hard and play hard,” Pallante said. “Making the most of your experience, by going to classes and making friends, I can confidently say, that before your time at USciences is finished, you will have the skills you need to succeed for the rest of your life, with the people you will celebrate those successes with for the rest of your life. Your friends will become your family, and your school will become a second home. It doesn’t matter the college, the major, or the age, we are all a part of the University of the Sciences family.”

The students also heard from keynote speaker Dontae Privette, a West Philadelphia native and President of the Kingsessing Roadrunners, a nonprofit that improves the health of children in West Philadelphia through sports and life skill development.

Privette spoke about how he found passion in his career and how it drives him every day to do his best and encouraged the students to find the same while making the most of their time at the University.

“Learn from each other. Look out for each other. Have love for each other. You’re totally in the right city for it,” said Privette.

Following the speech, members of the faculty spread out throughout the crowd of students to hand them pins, symbolizing their new place as part of the USciences community.

As the ceremony ended, families and friends said goodbye, leaving the new students to begin their new chapter, which began immediately after with welcome week events prior to the first day of classes for the semester on Aug. 27, 2018.

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