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Orientation Weekend Welcomes New Golden Bears

August 13-16 marked New Student Orientation weekend, which gave students a chance to move into residence halls and participate in educational sessions designed to to acclimate them to college life and receive tips for successfully and healthily navigating their first year.

During Orientation, students attended lectures, enjoyed a family picnic on the Tech Mall, caught an outdoor movie, toured campus, participated in games and activities with orientation leaders and learned tips for successfully navigating their first year

WVU Tech officially welcomed new students and their families at the University’s annual convocation ceremony, where first-year students heard from Campus President Carolyn Long, Provost Dr. Nigel Clark, Dean of Students Richard Carpinelli, SGA President Rob Leibel and alumni guest speaker Andrea Ard, ‘08.

“Orientation weekend at WVU Tech is much more than a simple introduction to campus. Our faculty and staff put enormous effort into ensuring that first-year students have everything they need on day one to set them up for success. It sets the pace for the rest of their collegiate experience, and convocation is the official welcome where we let these students know that they’re part of something bigger, part of an inclusive and future-focused community where they’re going to thrive,” said Carpinelli.

Thursday’s ceremony also announced Kendra Monnin as the recipient of WVU Tech’s prestigious First-Year Student Excellence Award, which is awarded to one second-year student who demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to the WVU Tech community in their first year.

Check out local media coverage of Convocation from WSAZ and The Register-Herald.

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