Welcome, Class of 2016
September 6, 2012
Welcome, Class of 2016!
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“There are several times in your life when something big happens. Going to college is one of them.”
These were the words of Skidmore Trustee Eliot Masie, who greeted the Class of 2016 at Sunday’s convocation. Masie, along with President Philip A. Glotzbach, Mary Lou Bates, dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, and Matt Walsh, president of the Student Government Association, addressed members of the incoming class and their families, imparted words of wisdom and welcomed them to the Skidmore community.
Masie challenged Skidmore’s newest students to get to know Saratoga Springs, issuing four trivia questions that students answered via Twitter using the hashtag #Skidmore2016. He doled out advice, telling students to “go out and do three internships and find three places to connect with people because those experiences matter after college.”
This class is the most diverse in Skidmore history—650 students from 33 states, the District of Columbia, and 34 countries. Twenty-four percent of the class consists of domestic students of color, eight percent come from foreign countries, and another six percent holds dual passports.
The students bring with them a wide range of talents and experiences. Many have volunteered locally in soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and nursing homes. Many have been involved in Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, and the Special Olympics. They have volunteered all over the world at orphanages in Swaziland, Honduras, and Peru—one student was even raised in an orphanage.
They come from culturally rich and varied backgrounds. In addition to English, the languages they speak at home include Greek, Finnish, Indonesian, Hindi, Arabic, Japanese, Swahili, Wolof, Hebrew, Urdu, and Vietnamese, to name a few. They have traveled across the globe to destinations such as Ecuador, Costa Rica, Israel, Brazil, China, Iceland, Nicaragua, Slovakia, Laos, and the Maldives.
Skidmore’s newest students have competed as all-county and all-state athletes, have backpacked 80 miles in the Sierra Nevada, hiked the Grand Tetons, and climbed all 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks.
They are creative, innovative, energetic, and talented and Skidmore College is lucky to have them.
(Photos by Andy Camp and Cliff Williams)