More than 500 undergraduate freshmen and transfer students officially became members of the Pacific University community this week.
Parents and other loved ones helped the new students move into residence halls on Thursday, then assembled on Marsh Hall's east lawn Friday morning for Convocation.
President Lesley Hallick and College of Arts & Sciences Dean Lisa Carstens joined student senate president Blaise Holden ('13) and assistant professor Aaron Greer in welcoming the newest Boxers.
Hallick told the students their new home away from home will offer them endless opportunities to grow.
The university also reaps benefits from new additions to the institution, she said.
"The diverse experiences and perspectives each of you bring will enhance the discourse and the richness of our community."
At the same time, Hallick told the students this new chapter in their lives is also a new beginning.
"Every one of you enters the university with a clean slate and an unparalleled chance to discover who you are and to pursue endeavors that really matter to you."
She emphasized Pacific's strong commitment to civic engagement, noting that the university was founded on a principle of serving those in need.
"I hope that during the months and years to come, you will grow to appreciate the value and importance we place upon community engagements, service, and on the role they play in your intellectual growth alongside your studies, and in the way they shape your future aspirations."
Classes for Pacific's College of Arts & Sciences begin on Monday, Aug. 27.
Students have even more offerings to choose from. Several new programs include four majors, a three-year accelerated business degree program and minors in communication sciences & disorders, editing & publishing, indigenous studies and outdoor leadership.