Gannon University Welcomes Largest Incoming Class in Over 25 Years

Posted: August 16, 2018
This weekend, the largest incoming class in over 25 years will be welcomed into the Gannon community as they move in on Friday, August 17. As a continuation of the tradition, Gannon University faculty, staff, upper-class students and President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., will assist with move-in for the expected 750+ first-year students and their families. Countless members of the Gannon community will be participating in this annual tradition of hospitality and service. 

The University will welcome new and returning students for the fall semester from throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, as well as from over 53 countries worldwide, including Nepal, Japan and Honduras.  

"Preview GU, our five-day welcome week, is designed to help new, first-year students start to feel at home while connecting with people, places and programs on Gannon's campus," said Angela Coustillac, Assistant Director of Leadership Development and Campus Engagement. 
This annual transition of students to University life, enhances the student experience by promoting learning and development through engagement, fostering community, and encouraging a culture of dialogue and understanding. These goals are accomplished through events, workshops and get-togethers designed to showcase the richness of the Gannon and Erie communities.  

The IgKnight Activities Fair will be held on August 20 from 6-8 p.m. on Friendship Green. It is an annual event that takes place during Preview GU and allows new students to seek out connections with clubs, organizations and campus groups, and "explore the different facets of the Gannon experience, which is where students ultimately find their home on campus," said Coustillac. 

Anthony DiPasqua, the Assistant Director of Greek Life in the Student Development & Engagement department, expressed that the activities fair will focus on the student experience and that the department will "enhance the event by offering food, games and prizes to all students," he said.  
"There will be a DJ and photo booth, and we [will] have two food trucks coming in for the event- Kona Ice and The Big Cheese," said DiPasqua. Students can earn the chance to win prizes varying from TVs to iPads through participation in the IgKnight Activities Fair.  

The formal observance that symbolizes the beginning of the academic year, the Convocation Ceremony, will be held Tuesday, August 21 from 10-11 a.m. in the Hammermill Center, located at 620 Peach St.  

The second annual Gannon READS program, whereby all incoming first-year students will read and discuss a book chosen by faculty at the University, will be recognized at Convocation, where students will receive their book: "Hot Dogs and Hamburgers" by author Rob Shindler.  

"The large variety of programs and events scheduled throughout the week will provide students a common, yet customizable experience catered to their interests," said Coustillac. "We are excited to welcome our new, incoming students into the Gannon Family and show them what the Gannon experience is all about."