The 629 members of the Class of 2016 will begin their college careers Aug. 23 during the first day of Lafayette’s new student orientation.
The students officially will be welcomed to the College community Thursday afternoon during Convocation ceremonies opening the 181st academic year. President Daniel H. Weiss, Student Government president Caroline Lang ’13, and other speakers will welcome the class to campus.
The four-day program is designed to focus on students’ intellectual and personal development and to help ease the transition to college life. The theme of orientation, and other curricular and co-curricular activities throughout the year, is “Buying/Power.” Students will be introduced to the vibrancy of intellectual life at Lafayette by exploring globalization, outsourcing, planned obsolescence, and economic instability in an increasingly unsettled world. The primary summer reading assignment was Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell.
A group of first-year students has already been working on campus and in the Easton community as part of the College’s Pre-Orientation Service Program. Projects include renovation work in the West Ward neighborhood, a summer day camp on campus and at Firth Youth Center, and crafts and games at the Easton Area Senior Center.
Classes begin Monday, Aug. 27, for new and returning students.