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Colorado College Welcomes New Students at Opening Convocation

Colorado College welcomes 491 first-year students and 22 transfer students at its Opening Convocation.

Colorado College welcomes 491 first-year students and 22 transfer students at its Opening Convocation at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5 at Shove Memorial Chapel. The ceremony marks the beginning of the college’s 138th academic year. 

Ryan Haygood, a 1997 CC graduate and co-director of the Political Participation Group at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, will give the keynote address, titled “For Such a Time as This.” Haygood, Susan Patrick ’92, a national leader in online educational learning, and Kim Simon ’92, managing director of the Shoah Foundation Institute at the University of Southern California, will receive honorary degrees. Students will begin classes at 10:30 a.m., immediately following the ceremony.

Opening Convocation begins the academic year and helps to welcome the Class of 2015. This year’s class brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and talent to the campus. The incoming class features:

  • Students who speak 30 different languages, including Tamil, SiSwati, Malayalam, and Tagalog.
  • 46 editors of student publications, 16 student government presidents, 31 service organization leaders, 195 varsity team captains, seven junior Olympians, and 90 heads of school groups, ranging from Hip-Hop Freestyle to Athletes for Afghanistan.
  • A world-class dressage rider, two nationally ranked rock climbers, and an individual who placed second at the World Series of Birding.
  • A member who started a music blog that receives more than 250,000 hits a month.
  • Seven Eagle Scouts and three recipients of the Girl Scout Gold Award.
  • A member who gave a presentation on women’s rights in Turkey and another whose research in Geneva has helped make headway on the treatment and identification of parts of melanoma.
  • Two members who have professionally recorded music albums.
  • 13 nationally ranked competitors, including a sprinter who is on track to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games, a national champion sprint kayaker, and a soccer player dubbed “the best left-footed player in the country.”
  • Multiple small business owners, including one who started a silk screening business and another whose business fabricates steel protection parts for off-road vehicles.

First-year and transfer students arrive on Aug. 27 and participate in a week of orientation activities, which culminate in 54 community-service trips throughout the Southwest. The new-student orientation trips are led by student leaders and include opportunities in the backcountry for trail maintenance and campsite restoration work, as well as volunteer work at animal shelters, charter schools, museums, and emergency food and shelter sites. Together, the 523 incoming students and 121 student leaders will contribute 10,000 hours of volunteer service to organizations throughout the Southwest – before the first day of Block 1.

Written remarks (PDF)

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