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Historic Class of 2020 Joins CNR Community at Freshman Convocation

September 8, 2016

The College of New Rochelle formally welcomed incoming students in the School of Arts & Sciences and School of Nursing at a Freshman Convocation on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Held in Holy Family Chapel, the ceremony also marked the inaugural gathering of the first coeducational class of the School of Arts & Sciences.

Vice President for Enrollment Management Kevin Cavanagh noted that he had met many of the students when they were considering the College as one of several options. “As you moved into the residence halls this weekend,” he said, “it was the first time that I saw so many of you closely identify as a CNR student—and beginning to identify with each other.”

Diana Singh SAS’17, president of the Student Government Association, told the freshmen that CNR professors are always willing to go the extra mile for their students. However, she encouraged them to “go the extra mile for yourself…Talk to everyone—that fellow student in your residence hall, in the classroom, or on the bus.” She continued, “Study that extra hour. Work on a research project with a faculty member or study abroad. By participating in these activities, you will acquire the skills to do much more than you ever thought possible.”

President Judith Huntington greeted the Class of 2020, noting, “This convocation marks your official entry into The College of New Rochelle Community and marks a historical moment in the life of this 112-year-old institution as we welcome for the first time young men in the School of Arts & Sciences.”  

Huntington explained that being a CNR student means adapting to change and refusing to ignore social injustices. “A CNR education will attune you to global concerns, to the dignity of people, the value of integrity, and the promotion of the common good,” she said. “You will have an understanding of your role in the context of a larger global community and your obligation to share your gifts, talents, and resources with others.” She closed her remarks with a quote from Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

The ceremony was followed by a barbecue on Maura Lawn, where students mingled with new friends and classmates. Many expressed excitement for the year ahead. Biology major and Yorktown Heights, NY, native Glen O’Loughlin SAS’20 said he’s excited to begin college-level academics. “I’m ready to start classes and learn all I can,” he said.

Art therapy major Felicia Moholland SAS’20 came to CNR by way of Maine. “I’m looking forward to spending time with my basketball teammates,” she said. “We’re going to be doing a lot of practicing.”

“My experience here has been really fun so far,” said Ann Mensah SAS’20, a business major from the Bronx. “I’m meeting a lot of people—it’s like a family!” 

Freshman Convocation 2016