Centre College welcomes first-years on Move-In Day 2015
Centre College welcomed 374 first-year students to campus on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Faculty, staff, residence assistants, orientation leaders and student volunteers were on hand to help the students move into their new homes and get a jump-start on their Centre Experience. Even Centre President John A. Roush chipped in.
“Move-In Day at Centre College is remarkable—almost enchanted,” Roush said. “It is a joy to watch the families be joined—instantly, it seems—by a cadre of faculty and staff and returning students whose goal is to make this important transition quick and easy and painless.”
The incoming class is among the largest and most diverse classes in Centre history, and it is as academically talented as any to date. The first-years hail from across the nation and the globe, representing 29 states and 4 foreign countries. A little more than half of the incoming students are natives of Kentucky.
“It’s great to see the students returning to campus! While the summer is a great time to catch up and recharge the batteries, it just doesn’t feel like Centre without the hum of activity you get with all the students around,” Randy Hays, vice president and dean of student life, said. “This is my 23rd orientation at Centre, and I still get a charge from all the possibilities in the coming year.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know the first-year students—and watching them become a part of this very special place,” he added.
While Move-In Day has become a much-loved Centre tradition, students will have the opportunity to experience many more such moments during the continuing Orientation activities throughout the week. Among the scheduled events are the President’s Picnic with President John and First Lady Susie Roush, the Dessert and Book Discussion with faculty advisors, a Service Plunge and an Activities Expo highlighting clubs and organizations at Centre and in Danville.
As President Roush explains, Move-In Day is just the beginning, highlighting the sense of community students will experience during their four years at Centre.
“Really, I marvel at what we accomplish for our newest students and their guests on this important and memorable day,” he said. “Centre’s approach is best practice—end of story.”
View the slideshow below for photos of Move-In Day 2015, and check our flickr album to see more highlights from Orientation 2015.
Pictured above: RAs direct new first-year students and their parents to check-in on Move-In Day 2015.
by Elise L. Murrell
August 27, 2015