HNU President, Dr. William J. Hynes led the freshman class of 2012 through “The Rite of Passage” ceremony on Saturday, August 25th. The Rite of Passage is one part of the orientation activities for freshmen and symbolizes the beginning of their educational journey by climbing from the bottom to the top of the campus.
This year’s celebration was the first to be conducted in the Corrigan Courtyard. Following the tradition of past celebrations, the event was opened by Michael Miller, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, followed by welcoming remarks from Dr. Beth Martin, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Tierney Burris, the Associated Students of HNU’s President, and Dr. William J. Hynes, President of HNU. Each of the speakers gave a personal and special welcome to the incoming students.
A few days prior to this traditional climb, the sophomore, junior and senior HNU students inscribe each new freshman student’s name in pastel chalk on the 106 steps leading to the top of the campus. In addition to spotting their names on the steps, the incoming students were greeted by parents, family, friends, faculty and staff of HNU who gathered on both sides of the staircase to cheer them on. This unique combination of a community welcome and individual recognition are the hallmarks of an entering student’s college experience at HNU.