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Loyola welcomes news students during the President's Convocation

August 27, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans will greet more than 800 first-year students during the Fall 2010 President’s Convocation for new students at Holy Name of Jesus Church this afternoon, Aug. 27, at 3 p.m.

During convocation, Loyola President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., will officially welcome the Class of 2014 to the university. In addition to those from the president, remarks will also be made by Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Provost M.L. “Cissy” Petty, Ph.D., Associate Provost and Vice President for Enrollment Management Sal Liberto, Vice President for Mission and Ministry the Rev. Ted Dziak, S.J., Provost Edward J. Kvet, D.M.E., and Student Government Association President Kate Gremillion.

“The start of the fall semester feels like a ‘Happy New Year’ moment,” said Petty. “For all of us at Loyola it marks the beginning of a new academic year...full of energy and all the possibilities before us!”

Loyola’s new students are both academically talented and culturally diverse. Nearly 62 percent of incoming students are from outside of Louisiana, a significant increase from last year’s 56.9 percent. The majority of out-of-state students come from Texas, Florida, California, New York and Illinois. Loyola’s new students represent 46 states and territories and 18 countries. Ethnic minorities represent more than 40 percent of the incoming students.

The Class of 2014 is academically accomplished with over 50 percent of the students graduating in the top 25 percent of their high schools. The class’ average GPA is 3.77 and the average ACT score is slightly above a 26.

Following convocation, the 2014 class will convene on the main lawn in front of Marquette Hall to take the class photo and then participate in a traditional New Orleans second line and class picnic.

Convocation is part of Loyola’s Wolfpack Welcome, a new student orientation designed to make the transition to college easy and enjoyable. Wolfpack Welcome introduces new students to Loyola’s Jesuit mission of educating the whole person by offering a variety of events which support that philosophy, including a day of service, tours of New Orleans, discussions on the summer reading project and numerous opportunities to meet and connect with future classmates.

Undergraduate classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 30.

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