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Flagler College kicks off new First-Year program with 800 freshmen

Sep 24, 2013
by Staff

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

It was part of a larger program called “Building Your Legacy,” which is designed to make sure that all
first-year students begin with a solid foundation for their college career.

Flagler faculty and staff have spent two years studying, developing and implementing the program, which is part of the college’s larger First Year Experience initiative.

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.

At convocation, 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.”

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