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Incoming students sign Flagler's new honor code.

Photo Credit: Danielle Brooks

Incoming freshmen sign the College's new honor code as they enter Wednesday’s convocation ceremony.


Aug. 28, 2013

More than 800 incoming Flagler College freshmen were handed railroad spikes, a symbol of Henry Flagler’s legacy, as they entered Wednesday’s convocation ceremony, a gesture meant to represent the student’s college education as the first spike in their own life legacy.

Flagler College president William T. Abare Jr. spoke to a packed Lewis Auditorium about the journey the new students would soon embark on.

“You bring fresh ideas that will help to enrich our campus and community,” said Abare, who was later presented with banners of Flagler’s new honor code that had been signed by the incoming class. “We want you to succeed and ultimately your success will be our success.”

The convocation speaker was Dr. David E Shi, President Emeritus at Furman University in South Carolina, who also spoke on the promise of the student’s future.

“You are not here to receive an education, you are here to claim one,” said Shi. “In doing so, you will become who you were meant to be.”

Flagler launched the Building Your Legacy program for freshman this year. The program includes First Year Advisers, a four-day orientation spent in a variety of academic and social events to ease the transition from high school to college and an honor pledge, among other things.

The program is designed to make sure that all first year students begin with a solid foundation for what will become their legacy. Flagler faculty and staff have spent two years studying, developing and implementing the initiative, which is part of the college's larger First Year Experience initiative. 

Flagler College fall semester classes begin on Aug. 29.