August 25, 2022
Craig Clark, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, emceed the event that featured welcome addresses from President Steven Mauro and Student Senate President Soumya Konar.
Dr. Mauro reflected on his own experiences as an 18-year-old college student. He encouraged students to never give up. “There will be faculty, staff, friends, and family that will support you when you need it most, and one day soon, you will find yourself walking across the stage at graduation as a young professional, and the time in between will be some of the best days in your life.”
Konar asked the audience to look around the room. “Over the course of two to four years, you are going to see each other around campus, at events and in residence halls. The relationships you develop here with your peers, faculty, and staff will play an integral part in shaping yourself and your career. Embrace this opportunity and find your home away from home.”
Sixty-one of New York’s 62 counties are represented in the newest class of Pioneers. The class also includes students from twenty-three additional states and several international students. Over six hundred of these students have been offered scholarships in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements, exceptional vocational skills, and extraordinary talents outside of the classroom.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, students along with faculty and staff, processed to Pioneer Stadium to form the first A of the school year. The activities fair featuring the over eighty clubs and activities on campus and a picnic lunch followed in the parking lots outside the stadium.
Classes for the Fall semester begin on August 29.