A special year began in a particular place on September 28 when the UW welcomed his new class under a cloud-covered sky.
Although the students in attendance are normally inaugurated as Huskies at the Alaska Airlines Arena at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion near Husky Stadium, the event has been moved to Rainier Vista “at the suggestion of health officials,” according to the report. the official press release.
The ceremonies were opened by Joseph Janes, associate professor at the Information School and the university marshal, who spoke about the history, origins and traditions of the university.
“[Suzzallo Library] is named after a former president who presented a vision of the University of Washington in the 1920s as a thousand-year-old university, âJanes said. “And if you want to have a thousand-year-old university, that’s the library you put right in the middle of it.”
Other speakers included UW President Ana Mari Cauce, ASUW President Mustapha Samateh, Graduate and Professional Students Senate President Aaron Yared, Student Life Vice President Denzil Suite, Rector Mark Richards and Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs Ed Taylor.
According to Taylor, this year’s incoming class is 7,250 freshmen, of which 4,475 are from Washington.
Although the incoming class’s GPA of 3.82 is higher than last year’s GPA of 3.79, “Your GPA did not get you into University of Washington. assures it, âTaylor said. âYour story did it; who you are, where you came from, how you lived your life, how you fell, how you got up. This is what brought you to the University of Washington.
The guest speaker at the event was Associate Professor Wendy Barrington of the School of Nursing. Barrington spoke about her experiences as an undergraduate student and discovering her identity as a MÃ©tis person, encouraging students to get to know their classmates and teachers.
âThere wasn’t a lot of diversity in my community,â Barrington said. âWhen I arrived on campus, I experienced an evolution in my identity as a black MÃ©tis woman. I connected and made friendships with students who look like me. I found a great community and a degree of acceptance that I had never had before, and it was glorious. “
Cauce said events like the convocation are a key part of Suzzallo’s idea of ââa thousand-year-old university.
âIt unites a very modern class with ancient traditions,â Cauce said in an interview with The Daily after the event. “It’s part of being inducted into a community full of these wonderful ancient traditions that still ring true today.”
Cauce said she hopes UW traditions inspire students to make a difference in the world, reminding them that they are “part of something eternal, that what they do now will make a difference. for the coming years”.
For the students, the ceremony marked the start of a new chapter in their lives.
âFear kinda captures him, how amazing it all was,â freshman Baylen Ratliff said. “I have triumphed over a lot of things already during the pandemic, so after going through that, college looks like another challenge, but one that gives me more opportunities than trying to survive a pandemic.”
Ratliff, who is biracial, said he enjoyed Barrington’s speech, saying it was “amazing” to hear how Barrington’s experiences “uplifted her instead of taking away her experiences in college.” .
Cauce offered to think about how to overcome difficulties over the past year.
âEveryone here has learned to do tough things,â Cauce said. âSo I think they came preparedâ¦ because they’ve done some really tough stuff before. I also think there will be a greater appreciation of, as Ed Taylor said, [the sentiment that] ” We are together. ”
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