Waynesburg University’s 2023-24 academic year officially began Friday, Aug. 25, with the annual Matriculation Ceremony welcoming nearly 400 new students to campus.
The Class of 2027 is comprised of students from 23 states, with 40 percent coming from outside of Pennsylvania, including Arizona, California, Texas, Florida and Hawaii. With approximately $14 million in aid being processed for the incoming class, including $8 million in institutional funds, Waynesburg University remains a very affordable option for high quality, Christian higher education in Pennsylvania and the nation.
President Douglas G. Lee, academic department chairs and other University leaders welcomed the freshman class during the 2 p.m. ceremony in Roberts Chapel.
During the ceremony, President Lee urged new students to develop perseverance as an essential quality of their character. Referencing Romans 5, he shared that “perseverance produces character; character produces hope; and hope does not disappoint.”
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.
We are very excited to welcome the Waynesburg University Class of 2027 to the campus community, and we look forward to the wonderful accomplishments that they will achieve..."
“We are very excited to welcome the Waynesburg University Class of 2027 to the campus community, and we look forward to the wonderful accomplishments that they will achieve over the next four years in the classroom, on the athletics fields, as well as engaging with the community,” said Adam Jack, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Athletics, Facilities and Strategic Initiatives.
Matriculation is part of Waynesburg University’s Welcome Days, which is an eventful four days designed to help students integrate into their lives as Yellow Jackets and to familiarize them with their new Waynesburg family. During Welcome Days, students have opportunities to connect with new and current students, faculty and staff while learning about the resources and services that the University has to offer on campus.
On Saturday, new students will also participate in a variety of service projects on campus and around Greene County. Service sites include 2nd Sam 9, Corner Cupboard Foodbank, Waynesburg Healthcare & Rehabilitation, Eva K. Bowlby Library, Salvation Army of Greene County, Greene County United Way, Save A Horse Stable, Inc., among others.
Freshmen moved into their residence halls Thursday, Aug. 24, and will participate in Welcome Days programming throughout the weekend.
Upperclassmen will move into residence halls Saturday, Aug. 26, and Sunday, Aug. 27, with classes beginning Monday, Aug. 28.
Consistently ranked a best value school, Waynesburg University’s Strategy for the 21st Century affirms its commitment to developing an entrepreneurial mindset and ethical leadership skills for all students. Rooted in its mission of faith, learning and service, the private, Christian university is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with an additional site for graduate and professional programs in Southpointe.
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