Welcome Freshmen: New Students, New Year at Penn State DuBois
Faculty and staff at Penn State DuBois kicked off the 2011-2012 academic year by welcoming new students to campus during the annual convocation ceremony on Thursday.
"Today you are becoming part of a very strong Penn State tradition of excellence," said Chancellor Anita McDonald as she addressed the crowded campus gymnasium, packed with new students and their parents.
Nearly 300 new students make up this year's freshman class. They come from 37 counties in Pennsylvania, and eight states in the U.S., and Germany. The students come from nearly 100 high schools. This kind of diversity, McDonald said, is an integral part of higher education. She said, "One of the most rewarding experiences of attending college is meeting people from different backgrounds. The diversity of hometowns, cultural heritage, and work and life experience will enrich your education and your life."
McDonald also responded to recent discussions surrounding funding for universities and critics of the higher education system. "Everyone should pursue some level of education beyond high school," she said. "Our country cannot be competitive without an educated society."
Upon welcoming freshmen to Penn State DuBois, McDonald encouraged them to be dedicated to their studies, and made it clear that each of them had the responsibility to use their education to make positive contributions to society. She told them, "We have many challenges in our communities, country, and world. We will need each of you, armed with your education, to face these challenges. Tomorrow will be better because of each of you and the difference you'll make."