The College of Liberal Arts’ (CLA) class of 2018 began their college careers at
convocation. Among the 930 new member of the class, there are students from around the world. They hail from China, South Korea, India and Vietnam. These students are spread over 33 majors. The class of 2018 is the most diverse class the College of Liberal Arts has ever seen.
66% of the class comes from Pennsylvania. Other come from Maryland, New Jersey, New York, California and Colorado. 30% of the class will be the first in their families to earn a college degree.
At the event, Dean Teresa S. Soufas and other faculty members offered advice and support to the freshman class. “Take risks, and please, talk to your faculty. We love to talk with you,” SOufas said before inviting everyone to stop by her office on the 12th floor of Anderson Hall, “but not all at once” she added.
The entire class proudly wore their new CLA t-shirts to the Liacouras Center for a convocation ceremony uniting all of Temple’s schools and colleges. President Theobald welcomed students and new tenured professors to Temple.
The honors and speeches finished off with renowned actor Bill Cosby’s address. While also making everyone laugh, Cosby spoke about serious hard work and successful attitudes and advocated for the “elimination of hate” as a virtue for the class to strive towards in their lives.
The Pep Rally Starts
Student Body President Ray Smeriglio kicked off the post-ceremoney show with a bang. After a locker room pep talk from Football Coach Matt Rhule, the Diamond Gems performed. Temple’s orchestra and band also gave a performance.
After Flying In 4, the class of 2018 will return to the Liacouras Center to sing the alma mater again and graduate.
“You are indeed an extraordinary class” President Theobald said.