Quinnipiac welcomes Class of 2022 and transfer students

Students sit in seats during Welcome Weekend.

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embers of the Quinnipiac University Class of 2022 were encouraged to embrace and learn from the diversity and inclusion of #BobcatNation.

Filling Lender Court at the People’s United Center was a clear portrait of that diversity. The first-year and transfer students were selected from more than 23,600 applicants, and they represent 33 states and more than 30 countries. Nearly 20% of the students self-identify as people of color; and the same percentage are first-generation college students.

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“The essence of our university is our people — our students, faculty, staff and alumni. And we are all different,” President Judy Olian told our newest students. “Differences make us stronger. We receive the input of better ideas when people come from different walks of life.”

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“A Quinnipiac education is a door that can open to an entirely new life path,” Olian said. “And that door keeps on opening, and opening again and again and again.”

The connections the students make at Quinnipiac will help shape their lives for the better, Olian said.

"You will meet people who did not grow up in your town, who may not look like you, or talk like you," she said. "And they probably don’t think like you. This is what makes for a wonderful university."

Olian speaks at a podium.

Welcoming our newest students

President Judy Olian encouraged members of our Class of 2022 and transfer students to enjoy the full Quinnipiac experience — and to grow from it.

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She urged the students to allow the people they meet, courses they take, countries they visit and cultures they experience to transform their perspectives.

“You’re in a big sandbox at QU. Play in it,” she urged. “Learn about something you know nothing about, go to a theater performance, the Irish Hunger Museum, a soccer or lacrosse game or eat sushi. And test your leadership skills in a club you join, or in a sorority or fraternity. Enjoy the full experience that is QU, and grow from it.”

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“Prepare for this ever-changing landscape,” Sawyer urged the students. “The world is big and small at the same time.”

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Hundreds of faculty members clapped and rang cow bells to welcome the newest undergraduate students to the Quinnipiac community.

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Sawyer told the students that the university strives to help them become engaged, culturally aware citizens by bringing the local and the global together.

“What problems do you want to solve,” he asked. “Let these questions guide your choices.”

Ryan Hicks ’19, the Student Government Association president, urged his newest classmates to make the most of their time at Quinnipiac.

“Look up,” he said, “because that’s where life happens.”

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