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Eckerd College Welcomes Class of 2016, Autumn Term Begins with Ceremony of Lights

posted on 08/07/2012

Ceremony of Lights 2012

Eckerd College extends a warm welcome to the Members of the Class of 2016 and their families!

As the newest members of the College community, the Class of 2016 will embark on the Autumn Term experience, one of the traditions that sets Eckerd apart from other colleges and universities. For three weeks, the students will begin the process of orientation to college level academic work, familiarize themselves with the resources and opportunities available through the College, get to know one another and bond as a class, and explore what it means to be a member of Eckerd's family of scholars.

How have they been preparing for Eckerd?
This summer, each student was assigned the required reading, Strength in What Remains by Pulitzer prize-winning author Tracy Kidder. Mr. Kidder will be visiting Eckerd's campus September 17-21 as a visiting scholar-in-residence and as part of Eckerd's 2012-13 Presidential Events Series focused on service. He will deliver a public talk on Wednesday, Sept. 19, speak to the freshmen class about their summer reading as part of the Western Heritage in a Global Context course, as well as speak to the seniors about Mountains Beyond Mountains, another one of his books that has been assigned in the Quest for Meaning course.

What will they be studying?
Autumn Term course titles range from Middle East Politics and Film to Freud and the Modern Imagination. Click here for a full list of Autumn Term courses<

How can you help?
In case you get a question from a freshman or a family member about the Autumn Term schedule, like where and when they need to be somewhere, you can help them out. Click here for the complete Autumn Term schedule

Join us for Ceremony of Lights
All members of the campus community are invited to join the freshmen and their families for a ceremony that symbolizes the class of 2016 becoming part of the Eckerd College community of scholars:

Friday, August 10, 5:30 p.m.
McArthur Gymnasium

Read remarks and view photos from the 2012 Ceremony of Lights

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