First Year Experience
|Fall Welcome Activities|
|Get to know your surroundings|
Convocation and Community Picnic
As part of the fall welcome activities, all new students attend Convocation. The ceremony is the official welcoming of the new class by the College president. Convocation opens with a procession of faculty, trustees, and administrators in academic regalia and symbolizes the start of the new academic year. Following the ceremony, students enjoy lunch on the academic quad with faculty, staff, and their new Ithaca College peers. The picnic is intended to familiarize students with their new surroundings and to help build a sense of connection and commitment to the College among all its constituents.
First-Year Reading Initiative
The First-Year Reading Initiative introduces new students to the community of learners that is Ithaca College. It brings together faculty, staff, and new students to consider important issues outside the constraints of the classroom and to advocate the value of lifelong and independent learning. It also emphasizes the academic nature of the Ithaca community by offering the incoming class a shared
academic experience prior to the start of classes. It is hoped that the themes raised by the reading will serve as a catalyst for discussion in the residence halls, cafeterias, and other informal gathering places.
The new students in the School of Business meet with the dean, faculty, and peer advisors the day before classes start. The dean informs the students of the exciting opportunities they have as Ithaca College School of Business students, and answers questions they may have about academic expectations and the curriculum. The dean’s welcome is followed by group meetings with faculty and peer advisors to discuss the topic of academics.
Business Student Organization Fair
During the second week of classes, the School of Business student organizations host an information fair to inform students about the opportunities they have for involvement in cocurricular activities that focus on their business education. Student leaders host tables with information about the goals of their student organizations and encourage new students to join their activities.