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Welcome to the Classes of 2025

On Thursday morning, the Classes of 2025 arrived on campus. Orientation weekend includes welcome get togethers, a day of service and time in the classroom. 

Orientation 2021 has arrived. The Classes of 2025 began their HWS experience on the Quad, first meeting President Joyce P. Jacobsen, the Hobart and William Smith Deans and other campus faculty and staff, before officially signing the Hobart and William Smith matriculation books. Other activities throughout the weekend are designed to create meaningful opportunities for students to get to know one another and campus. Visit Orientation 2021 News Page for photo galleries and more information.

Orientation Coordinators Litzy Bautista ’23 and Ethan Lewis ’23 and their O-Team have welcomed the Classes of 2025. “We are so excited for them to meet HWS and the larger Geneva community,” Bautista says. The OC’s have spent the summer planning for a fun and safe weekend.

During Orientation, students attend their first class, the First Year Seminar. A cornerstone of the Colleges’ curriculum, FSEMs help students develop critical thinking and communication skills and practices. FSEM faculty become first-year students’ academic adviser until they declare a major. This relationship gives students access to an adviser on their first day at HWS, who gets to know them in and out of the classroom. Some of this year’s course offerings include “Mars!” “The Lens of Stand-Up Comedy,” “Railroad to Freedom: The Underground Railroad in Upstate New York” and “Information and Misinformation: Thinking Critically about Science in a Digital Age.”

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Students also participate in a day of civic engagement and volunteerism at 30 sites in Geneva and the Finger Lakes Region. At Day of Service, students get to know their new home from a local perspective. Often, students grow connections with local organizations into internships and volunteer positions. This year, students will hand out school supplies with the NAACP Back to School event, participate in a cleanup of historic Pulteney Park, and connect with Geneva’s children at Happiness House and North Street Elementary School.

A “Building Belonging” session led by trained HWS facilitators will create space for students to have an open, honest and important conversation about belonging in the HWS community.

A Hobart and William Smith tradition, the parents and families of the Classes of 2025 depart after a welcome address from President Joyce P. Jacobsen.

Follow @HWSOrientation on Instagram and Facebook for more updates from Bautista and Lewis.