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Friday, Aug. 20, 2010
Members of the Class of 2014 at the Matriculation Ceremony in Rooke Chapel.
It is my honor and privilege to formally accept the Class of 2014 into Bucknell University.
To each new student, on behalf of my faculty colleagues, administrators, and staff members in academic programs and student affairs, welcome to Bucknell. We are delighted you have joined us.
As you may know, I am a rising junior; I have completed two years at Bucknell. During that time, I have met with students, faculty members, and staff. I can tell you that the entire community has been looking forward to your arrival.
We have put in place everything you will need to succeed at Bucknell: from small classes, like your Foundation seminars, and close contact with your faculty to great RAs, Orientation Leaders and Assistants, to clubs, sports and other co-curricular activities. We know that one of the best predictors of success in college is getting involved-in the classroom and on the broader campus and we know that you will take advantage of the great opportunities available. In short, we know that you will come to be important members of the Bucknell community.
I want to leave you with one image for your next four years at Bucknell: the Verizon network. You know the ads: "Can you hear me now?"
Over the next four years, your job is to establish your Bucknell network of friends. It has already started with your roommates, your dorm mates, folks you met on BOF or Buck Wild or the International Student orientation, as well as Orientation Leaders and Assistants. But over the next four years, expand that network: include faculty members and staff, and alumni: reach out to them and let them know what you are interested in.
Before you know it, we will be finished four years and we will be meeting again at commencement! But instead of worrying about how to meet people and how to find your way, you will be leaving with a network of Bucknell friends of all ages-a network that will last a lifetime.
So, Class of 2014, congratulations and welcome to Bucknell.
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