New students will begin arriving at St. Bonaventure University Aug. 25 for Welcome Days 2016, a four-day program hosted the weekend before classes begin.
Thursday, Aug. 25, is “A Day of Gathering.” New students will move into their residence hall during the day and then will officially be inducted into the Bonaventure family at the Candlelight Ceremony Thursday evening. The 9 p.m. program will be held on the steps of De La Roche Hall.
On Friday, Aug. 26, students participate in “A Day of Classes.” Presentations and activities will help them prepare for their first semester and outline opportunities and expectations for Bonaventure students throughout their academic career.
On Saturday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Aug. 28, students participate in “A Day of Values” and “A Day of Involvement.” The freshman class will learn about the Franciscan mission of the university and participate in workshops on respecting diversity, preventing sexual violence, and responsible alcohol use. They will also attend workshops hosted by clubs and organizations on campus.
Freshmen have been asked to bring a donation of school supplies when they come to campus in order to create school packs for refugee children being served by Saint’s Place in Rochester. St. Bonaventure has partnered for many years with Saint’s Place, which assists refugees from war-torn countries seeking asylum in the United States. These legal immigrants arrive in Rochester through the Refugee and Immigration Department of the Catholic Family Center.
St. Bonaventure’s upperclassmen will begin arriving Aug. 27, and Transfer Student Orientation is planned for Aug. 27-28. Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 29.
About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, we believe in the goodness of every person and in the ability of every person to do extraordinary things. St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. Named the #5 best college value in the North by U.S. News and World Report, we are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. Our students are becoming extraordinary.
St. Bonaventure has chosen the nonfiction book “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson as its common read for 2015-2016. This All Bonaventure Reads selection explores the inequity embedded in the U.S. criminal justice system.
“Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” was released in October and focuses mainly on the work of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala., a legal practice Stevenson founded as a young lawyer that is dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need.
One of Stevenson’s first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. It transformed the lawyer’s understanding of mercy and justice forever and illustrates numerous ongoing challenges in work advocating for social justice.
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Address by: Anthony Ray Hinton (above, right), an exonerated death row inmate, and Charlotte Morrison, senior attorney with the Equal Justice Initiative
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