Misericordia University welcomes first-year students
Coming from as far away as the states of Washington and Florida, Misericordia University welcomed new students to campus during First-Year Student Move-In Day on Aug. 24.
Misericordia University first-year student Katelyn Ponce of Oley and her mother, Dawn Roman received a cheer from Orientation Leaders and volunteers from the Cougar’s football team during First Year Student Move-In Day at the campus in Dallas Township. Katelyn says she first became acquainted with the campus while attending a summer occupational therapy career camp and chose Misericordia because of the friendliness of the people she met and the quality of the occupational therapy program.
First-year student Michael Raineri of Gilbertsville is an incoming member of the Cougars’ baseball team.
The new class of 436 first-year students, the third largest group in university history, along with 75 transfer students brings the Misericordia University enrollment to about 2,750 undergraduate and graduate students in full- and part-time academic programs for the fall semester.
A contingent of staff, faculty, students and alumni were on hand to assist with the move-in process, including a team of trained student orientation leaders. The event-filled day included the annual convocation ceremony that welcomes first-year students and their families and acts as the official beginning of the academic year. The convocation program included remarks by Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., Misericordia University president, and an address by alumnus Tariq Adwan, Ph.D., chief scientific officer of Alpha Genomix of Lawrenceville, Georgia, a graduate of the Class of 2005. During the ceremony, the Misericordia University Alumni Association presented Dr. Adwan with the Young Alumnus Award, recognizing him for outstanding professional achievements and civic service.
In its 93rd year, Misericordia University received 2,397 first-year applications for the incoming class, which hails from 13 states including Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington. The University expects to have 960 students living in residence halls and townhomes on campus.
Misericordia University first-year student Katelyn Ponce of Oley, in blue paisley, and her mother, Dawn Roman, in a white shirt, get a cheer from Orientation Leaders and volunteers from the Cougar’s football team during FirstYear Student Move-In Day on Aug. 24 at the campus in Dallas Township.
Misericordia University firstyear student Michael Raineri of Gilbertsville, right, shares a hug with his girlfriend, Marielle Bozzini, during First-Year Student MoveIn Day on Aug. 24 at the campus in Dallas Township. Raineri is an incoming member of the Cougars’ baseball team.