Cabrini welcomed the Class of 2024 to campus on Friday, August 28, as first-year students, with the help of their families, took turns moving into East, Woodcrest, and Xavier halls. A total of 389 students—both residential and commuter—were enrolled as part of the Class of 2024 when classes began on Monday, August 31.
Students participated in a new move-in process this year, which included capacity limits within each residence hall, as well as campus-wide face mask and social distancing mandates in accordance with Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 social restrictions. Despite these changes, orientation leader Jé La Boulden (ʼ23) said she saw a lot of student spirit.
“Morale has been high,” Boulden said while helping direct students outside of East Hall. “A lot of schools can’t offer Orientation and the events that we’re having. Because we have the advantage of being a small school, it’s a lot easier for us to maneuver and still keep everything safe for the students, parents, faculty, and staff.”
Deanna Harris (ʼ24) said her move-in went smoothly because “there were a lot of people helping.”
Yamar Cox (ʼ24) took advantage of this year’s option to drop off belongings at residence halls early, which he did on August 23. “Change is good,” he said, noting that move-in was easy, and he was looking forward to the start of classes.
Although a fierce thunderstorm prevented some of the day’s outdoor activities—such as the picnic dinner and hip hop stage play—events featuring in-person, small-group Orientation sessions as well as a number of virtual versions of team-building exercises, including the Play Fair icebreaker game and a magic show, continued. Outdoor activities resumed Saturday morning with a brunch on the Commons, followed by a carnival and karaoke.
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Chioma Ugochukwu, PhD, addressed Cabrini’s newest students during a virtual Matriculation address on Friday.
“To our new Cavaliers, I am very proud to officially say, ‘Welcome, Class of 2024,’” she began. “I ask you to keep these questions in mind. How will you contribute your voice? How will you impact your community and your chosen field? How will you share your passion with the world?”
Several upperclassmen then explained, via video, what the University’s core values of Vision, Respect, Community, and Dedication to Excellence mean to them.
Junior Anthony Frasca encouraged students to ask themselves, “How are you going to leave your mark on campus and live with purpose?”
After the address, incoming students gathered in small groups in the Founder’s Hall lobby to sign Cabrini’s Charter of Core Values—an agreement to uphold the University’s core values and a signal of their transition to the next step in their lives.
Watch the Matriculation video.