Students Flock to University Campus

August 26, 2013

More than 650 freshmen were given a warm Saint Leo welcome late last week as they arrived at University Campus, where most of Saint Leo’s traditional-age undergraduates study.

“We intentionally keep our classes small, so that you can get to know your professors and so they can get to know you,” Dr. Maribeth Durst, vice president of academic affairs, told freshmen and their families during the annual matriculation ceremony Thursday afternoon. One of the religion faculty members, Dr. Thomas Humphries, Jr., (pictured) also spoke and thanked parents for entrusting their students to Saint Leo. He welcomed the new students to campus noting that he and many other professors were the first members of their families to attend college, just as are many of this year’s freshmen, and they understand the journey the students have chosen. Dr. Humphries suggested the new students leave time in their schedules for deep thinking and praying to enrich their lives further. “I promise you will love the person you become here,” he said, echoing one of Saint Leo’s mottos.

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., president of the university, added his sincere greetings to the new class, whose members come from 37 states and 33 countries. All will have the opportunity to succeed academically, to become involved in athletics or other student activities, and to prepare for meaningful careers, he said. “You are now Lions,” he exclaimed, “and let the Lions roar.”

The combined total of freshmen, transfer students, and returning students is expected to put the weekday University Campus undergraduate population at more than 2,250 this academic year. Classes begin Tuesday, August 27.