At Ithaca College’s fall 2020 all-college gathering, held virtually on Sept. 22, President Shirley M. Collado welcomed students, staff and faculty during a time of significant challenges, outlining the college’s priorities for the coming year and sharing the college’s intention to open its campus to students for the spring semester.
“I want to first say how happy I am to be opening up the year together, even though it looks a bit different than we imagined for this fall,” said Collado. “I want to acknowledge that it’s really important right now, with what’s happening in higher ed and what’s happening in our country, that we take a moment to affirm some of the great things that people are doing and that you all are a part of.”
Collado provided an update on 2020 enrollment, which is comprised of almost 1,000 first-year students, and includes 281 first-generation students with 39 states and 25 countries represented. Collado acknowledged that the class of 2024 is an active and engaged class, with many students involved in community service before they even began at Ithaca College.
“They have a great sense of possibility and energy, and they are very excited about creating community, and they started doing that this summer as many students participated in summer session courses and virtual engagement opportunities, and of course you’ve started a fall unlike any new college student could imagine,” said Collado.