Philadelphia University welcomed the Class of 2015 and their families on Thursday at the Convocation ceremony in the school’s Gallagher gym. With bagpipes playing, the school’s senior academic administration marched to their seats, wearing full ceremonial robes.
President Stephen Spinelli Jr. introduced himself, and recognized the students as “the most qualified class ever admitted.” He reminded them that they must harness their “youthful energy, exuberance, and ambition” in order to achieve their goals, academically and professionally.
Provost Randy Swearer introduced Michael Leonard, Associate Professor of Industrial Design, who gave the convocation address. He told the new students to see every day as an opportunity for learning. He poked fun at the decorative robes the senior academics wore, comparing the professors to Harry Potter characters.
After the ceremony, families picnicked in the grass and mingled with other families and teachers. A jazz band played, and students said final goodbyes to their parents and siblings before returning to their dorms and preparing for the beginning of their college careers.