The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 22, 2013

Bucknell’s Class of 2017 Orientation begins Aug. 23; Classes begin Aug. 28

The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — Bucknell University will welcome 935 members of the Class of 2017 to five days of orientation that begin today, Aug. 23. Students are scheduled to arrive on campus between 8 a.m. and noon for Move-in Day on Aug. 23.

The newest Bucknellians were selected from 7,947 applicants representing 35 states and the District of Columbia and 35 countries.

The five-day New Student Orientation Program is designed to ease their transition to the Bucknell community, allowing students to meet with faculty and administrators as well as fellow students.

The extensive activities include academic, traditional, and community building events such as the Convocation and Candlelighting ceremonies, PlayFair and Color Games, and Welcome to the Neighborhood in downtown Lewisburg.

Bucknell will post photos of the activities on Facebook and in a gallery afterward on the Class of 2017 webpage.

Convocation will be held Tuesday, Aug. 27. Classes for all students begin Wednesday, Aug. 28.

Lewisburg Day Aug. 26

In addition to orientation activities on campus, members of the Class of 2017 will be invited to explore downtown Lewisburg on Monday, Aug. 26, from noon to 5 p.m., during Welcome to the Neighborhood. Retailers will welcome first-year and transfer students with a small gift, and restaurants will offer an opportunity to sample the tastes of Lewisburg.

Sixty-five businesses participating in the 12th annual welcome will post names of new students inside their establishments. Students finding their name introduce themselves and receive a gift from that merchant. In the past, gifts have ranged from handmade wool bookmarks and hats to chocolate-candy Bison as well as freshly baked homemade cookies.