Applause and music from a brass quintet greeted the incoming first-year students on Thursday evening at the Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2016. They marched, two by two, from Swasey Chapel to the Reese~Shackelford Common, where brightly robed faculty flanked their path, cheering and applauding.
The students’ seats each held a red and white tassel to be worn on their graduation caps in 2016. Around the Common, nearly a century’s worth of banners were part of the décor, and a view of the rolling Welsh Hills completed the picturesque scene.
[custom-field name=”aside” cssclass=”right-aside”]The ceremony began with President Dale Knobel ringing the historic college bell.
He then introduced Hannah Frank ’13, president of the Denison Campus Governance Association, who encouraged the first-year class to create a culture of respect and compassion and to be contributing members of the community.
Julie Houpt ’75, vice president of Institutional Advancement, welcomed them on behalf of Denison’s Society of the Alumni. She invited the two class members of who came from farthest and nearest to join her on the podium to receive the 2016 class banner. They were Ben Khoo from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (5,374 miles) and Laura Beckerley from Granville (528 yards).
Chair of the Faculty Andy Katz encouraged each student to take advantage of the opportunities Denison offers, and the assembled brass quintet played the original “Fanfare for the Class of 2016,” composed by Music Professor Ching-chu Hu.
President Knobel also welcomed the 13 transfer students who joined the Denison student body, and then he charged the 632 members of the Class of 2016 to think of themselves as members of an orchestra working together—understanding, appreciating, and respecting one another, growing as individuals and advancing the whole to make a harmonious experience that will affect the rest of their lives.
The ceremony concluded with the college’s newest generation of students singing their alma mater, “To Denison,” led by nine members of one of the school’s a cappella groups, DU-Wop.