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University holds Matriculation, welcomes Class of 2026

Matthew Stultz Aug 26, 2022

Waynesburg University’s 2022-23 academic year officially began Friday, Aug. 26, with the University’s annual Matriculation Ceremony. President Douglas G. Lee and other University leaders and faculty department chairs welcomed the freshman class during the 2 p.m. ceremony in Roberts Chapel.

The Class of 2026 is comprised of students from 25 states across the country, with more than a third of students coming from outside of Pennsylvania, including Florida, Texas, Nevada and Wisconsin.

I truly do look forward to watching each of you grow and develop in the time that we have here together.”

Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee

During the ceremony, President Lee highlighted the key idea of perseverance as referenced in Romans 5, recalling that it is “perseverance that produces character; character produces hope; and hope does not disappoint.”

“If you develop perseverance as an essential quality of your character, you’ll create countless opportunities,” President Lee went on to share. “I truly do look forward to watching each of you grow and develop in the time that we have here together.”

The names of the matriculating students were announced by Lanny Frattare, Assistant Professor of Communication and former voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Doug Wilson, Lecturer of Communication.

Class of 2026
Group photo of the Class of 2026

Matriculation is part of New Student Orientation, which is an eventful weekend of organized activities to introduce freshmen to their new home at Waynesburg University. The incoming class will meet with faculty, participate in activities that allow them to meet new students and attend numerous informational meetings.

“We are beyond thrilled to welcome a new and amazing group of students to the Waynesburg University campus community, and we look forward to watching them pursue their goals as they grow with us over the coming years,” said Robert Barnhart, Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions.

On Saturday, new students will also participate in a variety of service projects on campus and around Greene County. Service sites include the Corner Cupboard Food Bank, Eva K. Bowlby Library, First Presbyterian Church, Greene County Historical Society, Salvation Army, Waynesburg University Unity Trail, United Way, Warrior Trail Association and The Way Community Center of Greene County.

Freshmen moved into their residence halls Thursday, Aug. 25, and will participate in New Student Orientation programming throughout the weekend.

Upperclassmen will move into residence halls Saturday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Aug. 28. Classes will begin Monday, Aug. 29.

Waynesburg’s events are being held in compliance with an updated version of the Keep Waynesburg Well Health and Safety Plan, which continues to be practical and adaptable, and has successfully guided the University through in-person events during the last two academic years.