CLINTON — Nearly two dozen upperclassmen and women lined College Street on the campus of Hamilton College last Tuesday, Aug. 20, in order to welcome more than 500 freshman of the Class of 2023.
Sophomore Alex Nemeth said he was really excited to welcome students back and to meet as many of the new freshman coming to campus for the first time.
“I can’t wait to introduce them to so many of these wonderful people,” he said.
“New Student Orientation is my favorite day of the entire year,” said Sharon Rippey, Director of Alumni Relations, and Hamilton College employee for the last 20 years.
“It’s so much fun,” Rippey said. “The students all coming back to campus; their parents all happy/sad because it’s the beginning of an great adventure for their sons and daughters.”
Hamilton College President David Wippman welcomed returning students, parents and the Class 2023 in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House with a sense of pride, as well as a sense of humor.
“You might have seen me walking around campus this morning,” Wippman said. “ I was the guy not lifting anything heavy. I saw many of you struggling up the stairs with refrigerators...
I wanted to help...but after-all that’s what young people are for?”
The president spoke about Hamilton being a rigorous academic program. How students of this generation on average look at their screens six-nine hours out of everyday. And now that they were there, they should give their phones one last, long look and then give it to their parents. The parents applauded, the students did not...until they realized Wippman was kidding. He didn’t want them to shut their phones off, until they followed him on Instagram...then theory could shut it off.
In order to introduce the new students to the area they departed on a four-day series of “Adventure trips” on Wednesday Aug. 21. The trips included a camping and wilderness excursion to the Adirondacks, volunteering at local non-profits, or expelling a subject area of interest with Hamilton faculty, such as community farming or photography.
Students returned to campus last Sunday for on-campus orientation.
Convocation was held on Wednesday to officially start Hamilton’s 208th year. Classes for all students will begin Thursday, Aug. 29.
Some students, like sophomore Lindsey Royce are ready for the fun to begin.
“Hamilton is place where you will accepted and you can be yourself,” she said. “And people here will love you ...no matter what.”