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New England College Welcomes Students

Traditional Crossing of the Bridge, Convocation Ceremony, and Championship Party

Hundreds of New England College freshman will officially move in this coming Friday, August 29 and have plenty of activities to welcome them to their new home-away-from-home. Along with moving into residence halls, getting their college ID cards, and finding their way around campus, new students will participate in the college’s Fall Orientation and Convocation Ceremony. A tradition at NEC, new students begin their freshman year crossing the town’s covered bridge leading into the College’s 68th Convocation ceremony – the formal beginning of the Fall semester. These same students will cross the bridge again as graduating seniors on their way to Commencement. It is a New England College rite of passage.

“This is one of our favorite days,” said Mark Watman, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Families are proud and excited for their students, and the New England College community embraces their newest members. Students have smiles from ear to ear.”

Fall Orientation include residence hall floor meetings, group sessions with peer leaders, trips to Lake Massasecum, coffeehouse games and entertainment, athletic competitions, story-sharing, violence prevention and alcohol awareness programs, and many activities meant to welcome, reassure and engage new students.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors arrive back to campus on Monday, September 1 in time for an all-campus bonfire party celebrating the New England College Men’s Rugby Championship. Henniker townspeople and businesses welcome students and families with window signs and friendly waves. It’s a quintessential New England College reunion for all.