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Bethlehem, Pa., August 22, 2014—New students are moving in as Moravian College welcomes the incoming class of 2018 for Orientation Weekend (August 22-24) that marks the official introduction to the campus community and the transition into the academic environment. With the orientation of the Class of 2018 comes traditions both new and old including the opening convocation, orientation programs, the traditional class walk, and the campus service learning project. Classes for all students begin on Monday, August 25.
First year students are moving in the morning of Friday, August 22 and representatives from the Admissions Office, Bursar's Office, the Financial Aid Office, Counseling Center, and the Health Center will be present to provide information and answer questions. An Opening Convocation ceremony will take place in Central Moravian Church to signify the ceremonial beginning for new students and a formal "farewell" for parents. Activities are planned until the evening program of entertainment and socialization. For a complete schedule visit New Student Orientation.
On Saturday, August 23 at 12:15 p.m., students will be led by President Dr. Bryon L. Grigsby ’90 and senior administrators who will walk the "Moravian Mile." 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.
Later in the day 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. After making the candles, students will enjoy HoundFest, sponsored by IMPACT, the student programming board. There will be lots of food and fun activities.
On Sunday morning, activities include an inter-denominational service, first year seminar class meetings, and group discussions of the assigned reading Yellow Bird, a novel by Iraq war veteran Kevin Powers. The book discussion kicks off a year of IN FOCUS themed programing that will provide students with an in-depth examination on the topic of “War, Peace Building and a Just Society.”
Dr. Nicole Loyd, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, will lead the Class of 2018 from the admission office lawn in front of Colonial Hall, 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. The students will be welcomed individually by President Bryon Grigsby and Gordon Weil, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.
Moravian College is a private coeducational liberal arts college, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, that is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, Moravian is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college and the first to educate women. The College emphasizes the deliberate integration of a broad-based liberal arts curriculum with hands-on learning experiences to prepare its 1,600 students, not just for jobs, but for successful careers. Moravian College excels at transforming good students into highly competent graduates who are ready to enter the workplace with confidence or shine in graduate school. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.