Matriculation ceremony adds to exciting first day for Class of 2021

Members of Class of 2021 talk before Matriculation

For about 75 minutes Wednesday afternoon, Marietta College’s newest students learned why their new home is such an amazing place to live and learn during the annual Matriculation ceremony at the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center.

“At Marietta College, we take pride in assisting you with not only your academics, but your engagement in self-discovery of campus life and community,” said Michael Johnson ’19 (Marietta, Ohio). “Attending Marietta College will introduce you to endless opportunities that will aid you in your success and assist you in your memorable journey.”

Most of the 315 members of the Class of 2021 arrived Wednesday morning as part of the annual first-year move-in day. Matriculation is their official enrollment into the College, and like many of the students who matriculated before them, the Class of 2021 also joined The Long Blue Line by signing the historic College rolls inside the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center.

President William N. Ruud took a moment to reflect on the significance of welcoming a class that graduates in 2021.

“Now I’m talking about graduating classes that were the last two digits of my grandparents graduating classes,” said Ruud, who presided over his second Marietta College Matriculation. “The world just keeps getting more interesting and more interesting. … Thank you parents for trusting us with your children. We will take very, very good care of them as we challenge them inside and outside of the classroom.”

Many of the students moved into their residence halls earlier in the day, and after the ceremony the students posed for a class photo and had a good-bye dinner with family. The day concluded with a HOME Welcome and Block Party.

Provost Janet Bland encouraged the students to work hard, but also take the time to get to know Marietta’s talented professors.

 “Our faculty are among the best teachers in the nation,” she said. “They view teaching as their calling in life, and that’s why Marietta College chose them to be your mentors. This is a powerful partnership.”  

Marietta College alumni, better known as The Long Blue Line, also welcomed the recent high school graduates to campus.

“This is truly and exciting and momentous experience that will be etched in your memory forever,” said Bret Allphin ’01, Development Director, Buckeye Hills Regional Development. “That being said, don’t hold back. Cultivate relationships. Explore your interests. Strive to reach your goals. And maybe, but most importantly, make memories.”

On Thursday and Friday, the Class of 2021 will participate in a number of events like H.O.M.E. team meetings, academic engagement sessions and a Casino Night.

On Saturday, the new students will depart at 9 a.m. for either the whitewater rafting excursion or a trip to the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

On Monday, Aug. 28, classes begin for the fall semester.