Gannon University to Welcome New Students In A New Way

Posted: August 17, 2017

This weekend, an expected 728 new students will be welcomed to the Gannon community, the Erie community and their academic communities during Preview GU beginning Saturday, Aug. 19. The kickoff starts with Gannon University faculty, staff, upperclass students and President Keith Taylor, Ph.D. renewing the tradition of assisting with move-in for first-year students and their families. Over 450 members of the Gannon community will be participating in this annual tradition of hospitality and service.

The University's total enrollment is expected to top 4,300 for the Fall Semester, including students from throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and from 40 countries worldwide, including Ethiopia, Norway and Nepal.

Preview GU, the annual transition of students to University life, has been greatly expanded this year with a variety of events, workshops and get-togethers designed to showcase the richness of the Gannon and Erie communities. The event is also an opportunity for new students to connect with classmates and build excitement for their journey that will begin here.

The formal observance that symbolizes the beginning of the Academic Year, the Convocation Ceremony, will be Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2-3 p.m. in the Hammermill Center, 620 Peach St.

Even this venerable academic tradition has been updated this year with the introduction of the Gannon READS program, whereby all incoming first-year students will read and discuss "Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me." The book's author, Jerry McGill, will speak at Gannon University during the Fall Semester.

Move-In Day interviews

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Finegan Hall, W. Fifth and Peach streets Saturday, August 19
10 a.m.
Denise Golden Director of Residence Life Dr. Keith Taylor, President

First-year students
Parents of first-year students

Among the other events of Preview GU week that you might be interested in covering are:

1. First Year Class Photo
Aug. 19, 3:45-4:15 p.m. | Gannon Arch, W. Seventh St.
New students will gather for their class photo, as well as a meaningful facilitated goodbye between students and their families after students make the symbolic crossing from one side of the iconic Gannon arch to the other. 


2. Gannon Family Picnic
Aug. 19, 6-7:30 p.m. | Friendship Green, W. Seventh St. between Peach and Sassafras streets After their families depart, students gather at a festive dinner to celebrate the start of Preview GU.

3. IgKnight Activities Fair
Aug. 20, 3-5 p.m. | Friendship Green
New and returning students seek out connections with clubs, organizations and campus groups at this dynamic event.

4. Convocation Coverage
Aug. 22 2 p.m. | Hammermill Center, 620 Peach St.

On-site Contacts:

Melanie Whaley
Director of Marketing & Communications Gannon University 814-823-1886

Haley Figurski
Media Marketing & Sales Manager Gannon University 814-823-1886 

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