President Ralph Kuncl, Trustees, Vice Presidents and Student Life leadership greet incoming students at the 2013 Convocation.
For the more than 700 incoming freshmen and transfer students who attended the Opening Convocation Wednesday afternoon, it was clear the University of Redlands was eager to welcome each and every one of them.
“Tradition is important in a place like this,” Char Burgess, vice president and dean of Student Life, told the crowd. “You only do this one time, and this is your moment.”
The Convocation featured an address from President Ralph Kuncl, a welcome from ASUR President Megan Mikulich ’14, and a profile of the new class by Vice President for Enrollment Kevin Dyerly.
Dyerly shared with the audience, which included family members of the new students, facts and figures about the Class of 2017 and the transfer students. About 774 students are expected to attend the University, chosen out of 5,100 applications. Women make up 55 percent of the new arrivals, while 40 percent are students of color and 33 percent are first generation. These students hail from 38 different states, and 18 students are international, coming from Canada, China, Iran, Serbia, Japan, Norway, Australia, and other countries.
“This is a momentous day for me and my staff,” Dyerly said. “We met many of you at your schools and at college fairs…and we have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you.”
During his remarks, Kuncl urged the new students to take advantage of the opportunities offered at Redlands.
“Don’t limit yourself to staying in your comfort zone,” he said. “Get ready for change.”
Kuncl also spoke about what makes the Redlands experience so different from other schools.
“You will have meaningful access to your professors, and get to know all of the students in each of your classes,” he said. “You will be able to realize real intellectual work that can be enjoyable and extremely satisfying.”
Read Dr. Kuncl's 2013 Convocation Address
Posted: August 28, 2013
Written by: Catherine Garcia