K College formally welcomed a diverse array of freshmen and their families at the annual First Year Convocation on the Quad this Wednesday. 354 new students braved the humidity and the gathering storm clouds to sit on the same manicured lawn from which they will one day graduate.
The ceremony kicked off with the parade of flags in celebration of K’s diversity and global perspective. The Class of 2020 includes students from 24 states within the US and 22 countries, according to Kalamazoo College.
“It’s good that the Convocation incorporated that international focus, like the flag ceremony and the introduction,” said Carina Wong, K’20, an international student herself.
Jeffrey D. Hsi, K’83, Ph.D., J.D., delivered the keynote address and spoke on the value of a liberal arts education, both broadly and in his own life experience as a shareholder at the intellectual property law firm Wolf Greenfield.
“The speech reminded me of how much the school does for us and how individualized each of the students are here…every liberal arts student has their own journey,” said Peer Leader Jane Toll, K’19.
As the ceremony was interrupted by an untimely downpour, students, parents, and faculty dashed from the Quad to the Hicks Center for celebratory orange-and-black cake and for parents to say their good-byes.
“The ceremony was very impressive and exciting. I’m really happy my daughter is here at K,” said Linda Zabik, parent to Julie Zabik, K’20, during the Farewell Reception following the event.
The Index welcomes Class of 2020 to Kalamazoo College!