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College Welcomes Class of 2019

August 27, 2015

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

The countdown to college ended this morning as 413 members of the class of 2019 (533 total incoming students) moved into their new home at Saint Anselm College. They arrived on campus with boxes upon boxes but luckily had plenty of help from parents, siblings, friends, orientation leaders, resident assistants, and athletic teams.

Each family was greeted enthusiastically at Joan of Arc, Baroody, Dominic, and St. Mary's residence halls where current students and staff assisted in unloading and moving everything from refrigerators and Keurigs to pillows and stuffed animals.

"We didn't expect it," said Bridget Russo, mother of nursing major Megan Russo. "It was awesome!"

The rest of the day was spent unpacking, organizing, and preparing for the new academic year: picking up mailbox keys, buying books, and opening bank accounts. Students met advisors and administrators and attempted to map out the first year of their college experience.

After 2 p.m. Mass in the Abbey Church, new students and their families were officially welcomed by senior Liliana Kane, orientation leader chair, and Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, president of the college.

"I remember the mixed emotions you probably feel right about now," said Kane. "Nervousness and excitement."

The history major assuaged doubts and fears by reminding this new class that Saint Anselm is not just a school, but a new home for them. "Any Anselmian will give a helping hand to whoever needs it. You are part of our family now," Kane said.

Dr. DiSalvo welcomed and congratulated the newest members of the community, offering them advice on their imminent journey.

"Savor this moment, for you are now a proud member of the Class of 2019," Dr. DiSalvo said. "Your place in our history should not be taken lightly."

He continued, "Among you are our future leaders. Some of you will go on to become class presidents, star athletes, politicians, actors and actresses, scientists, nurses, writers, educators, business leaders, innovators just to name a few. You have been selected to come here because each of you brings something unique to our campus community. Today we celebrate your minds and voices, your high schools and hometowns. You can do anything."

He urged the students to be active participants in their collegiate experience; to make new friends, celebrate family, and strengthen their faith. "No matter what your religious denomination may be, find a way to strengthen your own spirituality."

"I congratulate you on your arrival," he said. "You now have 48 months to figure out what is next!"

Following goodbye hugs with their parents, the class of 2019 began day one of their journey.

Class of 2019 At-A-Glance

  • 59% women, 41% men
  • 21 states represented
  • Average GPA: 3.27
  • Top 5 Majors: Nursing, Business, Biology, Criminal Justice, Politics
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