UMW faculty and staff joined nearly 1,000 new students for the inaugural Eagle Gathering at Ball Circle on Thursday, Aug. 23. The candlelight event was part of the five-day orientation for incoming students.
“The light we passed at Eagle Gathering represents the torch of knowledge that can be seen at the center of our institutional seal,” said President Richard V. Hurley. “It stands for the desire to learn, to grow, to serve, to lead, and in all things to give our best in search of meaning and truth.”
Doug Searcy, vice president for student affairs, hopes Eagle Gathering will become a time-honored tradition at UMW.
“Standing on Ball Circle as students, faculty and staff raised their candles to the alma mater was a moving experience,” Searcy said. “This inspirational event set a tone of community and connection to start students on their UMW journey.”
The following day, the new students pledged to abide by UMW’s cherished honor system during the Honor Convocation ceremony at the Anderson Center.
During orientation, students also attended sessions focused on student life, UMW traditions and academics. They met with faculty advisers to prepare for the first day of classes on Monday, Aug. 27.
For photos from orientation, visit http://www.umw.edu/news/2012/08/27/incoming-students-experience-traditions-new-and-old-at-umw/ and