Rollins Welcomes the Class of 2014

August 23, 2010

Rollins welcomed the Class of 2014 with all of the traditional pomp and circumstance of Convocation. Gathered in the Alfond Sports Center on Friday, August 20, incoming students and many of their parents enjoyed the pageantry and comments from College administrators and student leaders.

“Just being here today means that you’ve already accomplished great things,” said Nick Horsmon (Class of 2011), president of the Student Government Association.  “Get ready for the time of your life here.”

Matt Killian (Class of 2012), chair of the Academic Honor Council, also welcomed the students, who together signed the Academic Honor Code. A student-led initiative that was put into effect in 2006, the Code puts the judicial process of academic violations in the hands of students.

Interim Provost Laurie Joyner told the class that she had every expectation that their class “would make important contributions to further enhance the national and international reputation of this great college.”  She also shared:  “Rollins provides the best of an ideal-sized liberal arts college experience focused on caring and personal relationships while offering opportunities for intellectual, social, artistic, and athletic development that rivals that of much larger institutions.”

Interim Dean of the Faculty Deb Wellman told the class that one of the greatest influences during the next four years would be the faculty. “But we, your professors, can only do so much. The rest is up to you,” she said. She held up a banner she had created years ago while teaching middle school. “I created a one word slogan that has been a fixture on my wall in my classrooms, and it has moved with me to my college offices. I took it down from above my office door to share with you today. Yagottawanna!”

Dean of Admission David Erdmann followed and also welcomed the class.  “Wegottawanna!” he said.  “We wanted you! You are the largest applicant pool in the history of the College. We received 4,100 applications for 470 slots, and you have the highest SAT scores of any entering class.”

Before formally matriculating new students and declaring the College in session for the 2010-11 academic year, Rollins President Lewis Duncan said:  “It is my special pleasure to welcome you, the Class of 2014, and all other new students who are entering in this 125th Anniversary year of the College, as we celebrate the vision and resolve of Rollins’ founders and the incomparable college they created.  The next several years for you will be both an individual journey of great personal growth and the communal experience of learning shared by us all.  You bring much to us, to enrich our lives and learning, just as we have much to share with you.  We are indeed delighted to have you here.”

Rollins’ College of Arts & Sciences began the school year with a projected 1,750 students. Here are some interesting facts about the incoming class:

• Anticipated 470 incoming first-year students and 70 transfer students
• Incoming students were accepted from a pool of 4,100 applications (a 20 percent increase over last year’s applicant pool and the largest in the College’s history)
• Incoming class represents 350 high schools from 35 states, District of Columbia and 13 foreign countries (45 percent of class is from Florida)
• This is the sixth year the College has offered full-paid Rollins Cornell Scholarships (there are 10 recipients)

Rollins' Evening Program also held an academic convocation to welcome its incoming students. The Hamilton Holt School begins the year with an anticipated 765 undergraduate students and 257 graduate students.

Next month, Rollins’ Crummer Graduate School of Business projects 484 students will participate in the Fall 2010 term.

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