I overheard a student yesterday comment that “there are so many people on campus.” He’s right.
Last Friday, Loyola welcomed its largest freshman class in its 143-year history with more than 2500 freshman students and more than 500 transfer students. The East Quad outside the Information Commons played host to all new students as I had the opportunity to welcome Loyola’s Class of 2017. I was joined by Dr. Rob Kelly, Vice President for Student Development and Pedro Guerrero, President of the Unified Student Government. Moving from the East Quad to Gentile Arena, all new students then attended Convocation and eventually had the chance to participate in a variety of Welcome Week activities that will come to a close this weekend.
Classes are in full swing. Student attention has been diverted to a variety of academic subjects. Over lunch, I talked with a student who shared “classes are piling it on already,” referring to the amount of reading and the projects assigned for the term. So, good luck and keep working hard. You may not believe it now, but the year is going to fly by—enjoy it! We can’t wait to see all you back in Gentile Arena for a different kind of celebration in May of 2017—graduation.