In celebration of the 2019-2020 academic year and the class of 2023, Muskingum University held a variety of activities for the campus community from August 23 to August 25, including workshops, a play fair and community service projects.
Convocation kicked off Welcome Weekend on August 23. The ceremony featured a welcome from University President Susan Hasseler. During the greeting, President Hasseler provided some insight on what students can expect during, and after, their time at the University.
"At Muskingum, you will find a place where everyone is united in the common purpose of engaging you in an education that will inspire you, challenge you, encourage you, and equip you to serve the world," said President Hasseler.
New Concord, Ohio, Mayor Brett Essex and Student Senate President William Crawford also greeted and welcomed attendees, with Crawford noting – “we all came here for different reasons, with different backgrounds, and that’s what makes this school so beautiful.”
The Convocation ceremony featured an address by Chair of the Board of Trustees Dr. Kim Gage Rothermel '71.
In her address, Dr. Rothermel gave students four recommendations: Be successful, be curious, develop and protect your reputation, and relationships are everything.
"You will have opportunities to succeed through your time at Muskingum, but the legacy of your work now and in the future will be carried on the shoulders of your integrity," said Dr. Rothermel.
Dr. Rothermel earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology summa cum laude and is a recipient of a Muskingum Distinguished Service Award (1997) and honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree (2010).
Provost Dr. Nancy Evangelista presented the Key of Knowledge to Mr. Crawford on behalf of the Class of 2023. The Key of Knowledge is a historic symbol that represents Muskingum’s commitment to provide students with the knowledge that will be the key to their future.
To view the ceremony, visit Orbit Media's YouTube channel.