August 21, 2000 Geneva, NY-Hobart and William Smith Colleges welcome the Classes of 2004, whose members further exemplify the Colleges' high standards of academic excellence and student leadership.
Total new student enrollment is 527 students, with 46 percent enrolled at Hobart, and 54 percent at William Smith. These classes come from 32 states and eight foreign countries. Fourteen percent are minority or international students, and more than 40 percent exhibited leadership qualities during high school-editing major publications, holding office in student government, founding clubs or organizations, or earning the honors of Eagle Scout, Silver Award, or Athletic All-Star.
Colleges President Mark Gearan will personally greet the new students as they officially matriculate into their class on Friday, Aug. 25. During orientation weekend, each new student will perform a service project, at various sites around Geneva, in keeping with the Colleges' belief that service is an integral part of a liberal arts education.
This class is the first to enter under the newly instituted semester system, which replaced the Colleges' trimester system. The academic year is beginning earlier and Commencement next spring will be held in May rather than in June.
These students can also look forward to meeting and hearing from a number of guest speakers who will visit campus this year. Already scheduled for fall semester are four speakers from the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men series, and six speakers for the President's Forum series.
“This year promises to be exciting,” said Gearan, “and members of the incoming class will add new and interesting elements to an already vibrant campus life here.”
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