2011 Incoming Class and Audio of Principal's Opening Address
Thursday September 8th, 2011
Orientation Week in the College year is always a pivotal time tinged with excitement for students, faculty and staff alike. The nostalgia of the summer past hits home as we gear up for the beginning of a new school year and we look for the familiar faces of the returning students to catch up on all their news.
More significantly perhaps, it is also a time to welcome the incoming class and start a new page in the history of the college. Students are the life blood of this place. As Principal Sumner alluded to in his remarks at the opening assembly yesterday, the initial class of nine Anglican men in 1877 would have been hard pressed to imagine the reality of the class we met yesterday.
Amongst the fifteen new advanced degree students, from nine denominations who join us this term are two women. These students have come to us from as far away as Japan, five from the USA, and from various places in Ontario.
In addition, some seventy basic degree students have been accepted to the college. These students come from across Canada; from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, from Quebec and Ontario from Manitoba and Saskatchewan, from Alberta and British Columbia. Students have arrived from as far north as Thunder Bay, Ontario and as far south as Texas in the USA.
All together some eighteen countries are represented in our current total student body and some thirty nine denominations. This diversity builds a rich tapestry to enrich both the community of learning that is Wycliffe College today and to fulfill the College’s vocation of mission to the world in the future.