Franklin Pierce University enthusiastically welcomed the Class of 2025 to the Rindge Campus on Sunday, August 15. The newest members of Raven Nation were greeted by students, and members of the University’s staff and administration as they moved in to their new home overlooking Pearly Pond.
While move-in times were staggered to maintain social distancing and masks required indoors, the atmosphere was no less energetic as students from 20 states and seven countries arrived with their families, including Genevieve Hendrickson, a Health Sciences major and Women’s Ice Hockey recruit, who drove more than 1,760 miles with her parents from her home in Warroad, MN, also known as “Hockeytown USA”.
Heather Cozby, mother of Cosmo Galvin, praised the streamlined move-in process and the student affairs staff and students. “I love the move-in crews,” she exclaimed. “They are so awesome!” Dean of Student Affairs Andrew Pollard echoed that sentiment, saying the check-in process was working smoothly and efficiently for both families and the University. “Students are bringing what they need to move-in. Our residential life staff and peer leaders are doing a tremendous job.”
The University has required all students, faculty, and staff be fully vaccinated before returning to the Rindge Campus unless approved for an exemption. To date, we are nearing a 99% vaccination rate among students and close to a 92% vaccination rate among full-time faculty and staff. The numbers demonstrate the University’s unwavering commitment to creating a healthy and safe environment for everyone balanced with the sense of community and traditions that make Franklin Pierce so special.
President Kim Mooney ’83 addressed the Class of 2025 and their families under the large orientation tent on Cheshire Field, thanking them for entrusting Franklin Pierce with their child. “We understand and embrace that entrusting us with your student is an awesome responsibly,” she said. “Your students are now Ravens and it’s time to watch them take flight.”
Keely Toohey of Melbourne, Australia already feels right at home. “FPU has a small-town, family feel,” she shared, noting that while she has traveled extensively, this is the first time she will be so far away from her immediate family. Looking forward to meeting her basketball teammates in person, Keely has been welcomed with open arms by her fellow Ravens. “Everyone is so lovely and friendly.”
Returning students will continue to move in today and tomorrow. Classes will begin on Wednesday, August 18.
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8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.