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Opening Convocation Welcomes Class of 2016

Colorado College will welcome the Class of 2016, its most diverse and selective class, at Opening Convocation at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3 in Shove Memorial Chapel. The 522 first-year students were selected from 5,568 applicants, the largest applicant pool in the college's history. In addition to the first-year students, 31 transfer students are joining the CC community. For the first time ever, 27 percent of the incoming class is a member of an American ethnic minority and another 8 percent are international students.

Samuel Taylor '73, director of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, will deliver the keynote address, titled "Coloring Outside the Lines: Pursuing an Interdisciplinary Life." Taylor's address is part of Colorado College's new "First Mondays" program, a campus-wide forum that creates opportunities for the whole community to gather. In addition to Taylor, Harlene Hayne '83, a leading researcher in childhood memory and professor and vice-chancellor at Otago University in New Zealand, and Jim Lewis '80, a dramaturge, writer, librettist,and multiple Tony Award-nominee, will receive honorary degrees at the ceremony.

Opening Convocation marks the beginning of Colorado College's 139th academic year and helps to welcome new students. This year's class brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and talent to the campus, and 80 percent of the class is active in community service. The incoming class features:

  • Students who speak 36 different languages, including Hokkien, Malayalam, Ngabe, Sotho and Telugu
  • 78 editors of student publications, nine Eagle Scouts, one recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award, 82 presidents of a club or organization, 61 debaters, and a volunteer firefighter
  • 54 who have studied or volunteered abroad, pursuing activities such as sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica, pedal-powered blenders in Nicaragua, and making water filters in Bolivia
  • 10 Special Olympics volunteers
  • Two students who created and ran summer camps
  • A writer for Bangladeshi travel company

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