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Matriculation Ceremony Marks Official Start for Newest Cardinals

September 8, 2021

After a full weekend of Orientation activities, the Class of 2025 and incoming transfer students began their official academic journey at St. John Fisher College during the annual Matriculation Ceremony.

The newest Cardinals gathered at the Matriculation Ceremony, the official start of their academic careers at the College.

Held on Tuesday, Sept. 7, the ceremony brought the newest students on campus together to celebrate the beginning of their first semester and hear a few words of advice from administrators, faculty, and students.

President Gerard Rooney offered remarks, touching on how the pandemic has shaped our experiences over the last 18 months.

“You come to us poised and prepared after many months of learning what it means to be resilient and adaptable,” he said. “I cannot overstate the excitement we all feel to be back together on campus. This is a very special first day of classes, and I hope that Fisher is a place where all of you can truly see yourselves – where you will be able to grow and flourish and help others to do the same.”

Dr. Katrina Arndt, professor of inclusive education in the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education, and recipient of the 2021 Award for Teaching Excellence, offered three tips for students.

“First, get to know yourself. Second, get to know your peers. And third, get to know us - the faculty,” she said. “We are here to support your success and we are rooting for you!”

Michael Lilholt ’23, who is serving his second term as president of the Student Government Association, also addressed the students, urging them to jump into their college experience.

“You are the future leaders of Fisher, and we have a lot to learn from you. Take advantage of all the opportunities and possibilities that Fisher has to offer, as we have all heard that college is what you make it,” he said. “Striving for academic excellence, fostering a community and getting involved, and taking care of yourself are not only tips for success, but they align with the very reason you chose Fisher to serve as your home. So, I challenge you to take the next four years on with confidence, passion, and open-mindedness.”

The ceremony concluded with a few members of Drastic Measures leading the crowd in the singing of the alma mater.