One week after they arrived on campus for orientation, members of the Class of 2023 were officially welcomed to Ithaca College at Convocation on Tuesday, August 27, marking the start of the 2019-20 academic year.
Upon entering the Glazer Arena in the Athletics and Events Center, students were greeted by a cheering crowd of faculty and staff, as well as music from the IC Brass Ensemble and a performance by the African Drum and Dance Ensemble.
“It made me feel like the community was welcoming and cared about our success,” Shaila Sookhoo ’23 said of the warm welcome from faculty and staff. “It also made me realize that being a college student is real life, and now is the time to step up.”
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs La Jerne Terry Cornish convened the Convocation and welcomed the Class of 2023, as well as new faculty, describing IC as a tight-knit community of students, faculty and staff. Referencing IC’s new strategic plan, she said that one of the college’s primary goals is to cultivate an “Ithaca Forever” community, inspired by the power of the IC experience.