PLYMOUTH, N.H.-More than 200 members of the class of 2012 gathered in the HUB Courtroom September 2
for their official welcome to Plymouth State University. Convocation is a formal ceremony in which arriving first-year students are officially recognized as members of the University community and are given advice before the start of their academic careers.
After watching the formal procession of administration, faculty and gonfalons enter the room, class of 2008 President Aly C. Dethlefs reminded the incoming class that they will experience much more at PSU than just classroom lessons.
“While we are all here for academics, having fun and discovering yourself is also a significant part of the college experience, and Plymouth State University is just the environment to do that,” Dethlefs said.
President Sara Jayne Steen urged the newest members of the University community to become part of the institution while discovering themselves.
“Today marks your entrance into a learning community that genuinely celebrates
discovery and creativity, and the life of the mind,” Steen said. “PSU is a place that believes in people and their potential and ideas and engagement.”
“All of us, faculty, staff, administrators, and, most of your student colleagues are a part of this community and we hope that you find joy in it, because we do.”
Alumni Scott ’75 and Patti Jean Ryan ’76 Biederman, the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Service Award Recipients, delivered greetings from the Plymouth community, recalling their days as undergraduates who relished living and working in Plymouth. Patti Biederman emphasized the close relationship between the institution and the community and urged students to become a part of both.
“Because of Plymouth State, we learned how to get involved and to give back to our community and make a difference, and this where you, as new students, can help-you can make a difference by getting involved in the community”
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