HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 24, 2014 – New members of the High Point University family participated in HPU traditions this weekend designed to welcome them to campus and commence the start of their academic careers.
More than 6,000 students and family members filled the Roberts Hall lawn this morning for the 90th Convocation Ceremony, which signals the start of the academic year and sets the stage for the education students will receive in and beyond the classroom. Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president, addressed the 1,470 new students, and emphasized that at HPU, individuals don’t just learn, they learn how to learn.
“You must be a vertical thinker,” said Qubein. “That’s what education does with the human mind. It asks questions that begin with the inquisitive ‘Why?’ You come to this university not to find the answers, but to discover the right questions. You come to this university to discover why it does things differently than the rest of the world, and why more students are flocking to it every year.”
Qubein added that the education students will receive at HPU will prepare them for success, but also something greater.
“This is a values-based institution that believes not only in success, but significance,” he said. “Success is in the eye of the beholder. Significance has greater clarity and focuses on the good you do for the world, not just for yourself. It is having something worthwhile to do, someone to love, somewhere meaningful to be. Significance is the outcome of what you do with your success. Here we treasure the value of learning, service, generosity, fellowship and discovery.”
At the end of the ceremony, it is tradition for students to receive a blanket that Qubein encourages them to give to someone who has made an impact on their life, such as a parent, a teacher or a friend.
Students tonight will participate in another tradition – the signing of the Honor Code. HPU is a values-based institution, and the University Honor Code signing ceremony sets the tone for academic and personal integrity, character development and the declaration of the honorable community.
Classes commence on Tuesday with new academic programs and offerings. HPU welcomes 35 new faculty members this fall, 21 of which are new positions.