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Moravian to Welcome Class of 2017 with Orientation Weekend

Highlights include Moravian Mile walk; summer reading discussion, service learning project, and HOUNDfest 2013

HoundfestBethlehem, Pa., August 22, 2013 –Moravian College will welcome the incoming class of 2017 starting with residence hall move in for new students on Friday, August 23. Orientation Weekend (August 23-25) marks the official introduction to the campus community and the transition into the academic environment. With the orientation of the Class of 2017, comes old traditions such as the Crossing Ceremony and HOUNDfest, and a few new traditions including Sundaes on the Circle, Our More Diverse Moravian program, and Midnight Oasis. Classes for all students begin on Monday, August 26.

Other highlights of the weekend include the opening convocation, orientation programs, the traditional class walk, and the campus service learning project. As part of their Introduction to College Life program, the students will participate in a group discussion of the book, The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2010). The discussion will include insights from a panel of faculty members.

First year students will begin moving in the morning of Friday, August 24 with help from President Dr. Bryon Grigsby and senior administrators, along with student athletes and others. At the Hound Fair and check-in, representatives from the Bursar's Office, the Financial Aid Office, Counseling Center, and the Health Center will be present to provide information and answer questions.

A lunch for families and new students will be hosted by President Grigsby. In the afternoon, a pre-convocation concert will be held by the Moravian College Marching Band. Afterwards, the Class of 2017 Convocation ceremony will take place in Central Moravian Church to signify the ceremonial beginning for new students and a formal "farewell" for parents. The day concludes with welcome diner and evening programs of entertainment and socialization.

On Saturday, August 24 at 12:15 p.m. students will be led by President Grigsby and Nicole Loyd, dean of students, on the "Moravian Mile" walk. The traditional walk starts at the 1742 oval located at the corner of Locust and Monocacy Streets and follows the Moravian Mile down Main Street to Moravian's Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus on Church Street. A luncheon on the Hurd Campus will follow the walk.

After lunch, students will participate in another tradition at Moravian. Their campus service project is to make the 6,000 candles in Johnston Hall from wax that will be used by the College during the Christmas Vespers Services in Central Moravian Church. Houndfest '13, a celebration of food and music, follows in the academic quad beginning at 6:00 p.m.

On Sunday morning, activities include an inter-denominational service, and group discussions of the assigned summer reading, The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger. The book ties in with Moravian’s Health Care | In Focus program of thematic programing for the year academic year.

The Class of 2017 will gather at the Steel Field Athletics Complex at 2:00 p.m. for the class photo and to learn the Moravian alma mater. At 3:00 p.m., President Grigsby and other senior administrators will lead the Class of 2017 from the admission office lawn, across the street, through the College gates to Comenius Hall. This crossing ceremony symbolically marks the formal arrival and initiation as members of the Moravian College community.

For a complete schedule click on: http://home.moravian.edu/public/stusvc/newStudents/pdfs/NSO_Booklet_2013.pdf

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.