Students studying outside the library

Class of 2022 arrives on campus

First-year students greeted by swarms of helpers

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Many hands made light work today (Wednesday, Aug. 29) at Wofford College when students, faculty and staff swooped in to help incoming first-year students unload their vehicles and carried their contents away in a flash to the students’ rooms.

This flurry of activity is tradition on Wofford’s campus each year as members of the student Orientation Staff along with student-athletes, faculty and staff members and even President Nayef Samhat and his wife, Prema, and Provost Mike Sosulski participate in the tradition of welcoming the new class.

The Class of 2022 arrived on campus beginning around 8:30 a.m.

During the excitement of moving in, the new students met new friends then began getting a lay of the land of Wofford’s campus during a variety of orientation activities.

New commuting students began checking in at 3 p.m.

Classes for the 2018-19 academic year begin on Monday, Sept. 3.

The opening orientation session for new students and their parents began at 3:30 p.m. on the lawn of Main Building, where they were greeted by college administrators and student orientation leaders. Throughout the afternoon, the students met with their academic advisers. The day closes out with a picnic dinner for the newcomers and their families, followed by a dessert reception with the Samhats before parents leave campus.

On Thursday, Aug. 30, first-year students will travel to Camp Greystone in Tuxedo, N.C., for The Summit adventures, including swimming, canoeing and other outdoor activities. A field day competition will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, on the lawn of Main Building. Other orientation activities will continue throughout this first week.

Saturday, Sept.1, at 5 p.m. will be a chance for new students to cheer on the football team, gathering for the Class of 2022 Terrier Walk and Tunnel for the Terriers’ first game of the season against The Citadel in Gibbs Stadium. The game begins at 6 p.m., and a cookout for first-year students will be held in the stadium.

After the Class of 2022 formal photograph is taken at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 on the steps of Main Building, the students will participate in the annual Stop Hunger Now service project from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Campus Life Building. They will package some 25,000 nutritionally supplemented meals to go to high-need locations around the world, such as Haiti. This is the eighth year the incoming class has participated in the project.

Here are some important dates for the opening of the fall 2018 semester at Wofford:

Wednesday, Aug. 29
8:30-11 a.m. – First-year students move in. (Check-in is at The Commons in the Campus Life Building; move-in is along Campus Drive at the Greene and Marsh Residence Halls.)

3 p.m. – New commuting students check in.

3:30 p.m. – Opening session, front lawn of Main Building

Thursday, Aug. 30
First-year student orientation continues.

10:30 a.m. – First-year students board buses for The Summit at Camp Greystone in Tuxedo, N.C. (Campus drive in front of Marsh and Greene halls.)

Friday, Aug. 31
First-year student orientation continues.

3 p.m. – Field Day Competition for first-year students, lawn of Main Building

Saturday, Sept. 1

First-year orientation events continue.

5 p.m. – Class of 2022 Terrier Walk and Tunnel for football game, mall behind Main Building

6 p.m. – Terriers vs. The Citadel Bulldogs, Gibbs Stadium; cookout for first-year students in stadium

Sunday, Sept. 2
10:30 a.m. – Class of 2022 photograph, steps of Main Building

10:30 a.m. – First Service of Worship and Blessing of the Class of 2022, Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

1-4 p.m. – Community Service Project, Stop Hunger Now, Campus Life Building

Tuesday, Sept. 4
11 a.m. – Opening Convocation, Leonard Auditorium. Featured speaker: Joyce Payne Yette, a 1980 Wofford graduate and chief legal officer of Promontory Financial Group LLC in Washington, D.C.

Yette, a native of Tryon, N.C., earned degrees in economics and government from Wofford and graduated summa cum laude. She was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa. She was among the first group of female resident students at the college when she enrolled in 1976. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 1983 and joined Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C., one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious law firms. She later served as associate general counsel for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Yette’s firm, Promontory Financial Group LLC, is a strategy, risk management, regulatory-compliance consulting firm with a focus on the financial services industry. It recently was purchased by IBM.

She was elected to Wofford’s Board of Trustees in 2017; she had served on the board from 1986 to 1998. She is a founding director of the Black Alumni Association at Wofford and serves on the Capital Campaign Steering Committee. In D.C. she serves as director of the Council on Legal Education Opportunities and on the Neighborhood Legal Services Advisory Board.

Thursday, Sept. 6

8-11 p.m. – College Fest, Morgan Square, downtown Spartanburg