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