HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 20, 2017 – More than 2,600 parents, students and faculty dressed in regalia filled High Point University’s Millis Athletic and Convocation Center today. While it looked like a scene from HPU’s graduation, it was the university’s annual Convocation Ceremony, which signals the start of the academic year and sets the stage for the education students will receive in the classroom and beyond.
Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president, addressed new students and emphasized that at HPU, they will learn and have the resources to craft lives of significance.
“You’re moving from success to significance,” said Qubein. “You’re embarking on a deeper and wider journey of discovery that may be filled with internships, civic engagement and all the experiential learning that leads to outcomes of success. Success does not come to you – you must go to it.
“But, success, you see, is in the eye of the beholder. Significance has greater clarity. It focuses on the good you do for the world. It’s about having something to do, somewhere to be, someone to love. Significance is the outcome of what you do with your success. How will you become involved at High Point University? How will you express your gratitude to your parents, your faculty?”
During the ceremony, a bald eagle soared across the new students to symbolize the ideals of free enterprise, independence and the ability to pursue new opportunities in America. The same bald eagle will soar over the class during their graduation in four years.
It’s tradition for students to receive a blanket at the end of ceremony, which Qubein encourages them to give to someone who has made an impact on their life, such as a parent, a teacher or a friend.
“Parents, you’ve spent a lifetime preparing the people you can’t live without to live without you,” said Qubein. “Think about that. You gave them roots. Today, we give them wings.”
Tonight, students 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 an honorable community.
A total of 15,000 visitors were brought to the city this weekend for HPU’s annual Welcome Week celebrations. Classes commence Tuesday as HPU welcomes 30 new faculty members this fall.
About the Class of 2021:
–The represent 39 different states, plus the District of Columbia; and 24 international countries.
–22 percent are from North Carolina and 78 percent are from across America and the world.
–The student traveling the farthest to attend High Point traveled 8,296 miles from Hong Kong. The U.S student traveling farthest traveled 2,790 miles from Seattle, Washington.
–There are 47 valedictorians, salutatorians, high school class and student government presidents and vice presidents.
–There are 15 international languages spoken fluently among your peers.
–Incoming students have completed over 92,000 hours of community service.