It is that exciting time again, when Alcorn State University welcomes new members, newly admitted students into its family. The Alcorn journey for them began with the New Student Orientation held August 17-20, that provided first year and transfer students with the information and tools needed to engage opportunities and be successful during their academic tenure.
The exciting program organized by the Division of Student Affairs introduced new students to the undergraduate community from an academic and personal perspective. Orientation sessions provided information and assistance promoting academic success and personal development, such as access to academic advisors, financial aid information, student support services, educational equity and inclusion, as well as several social engagements like family picnic, Braves Spirit Rally and the dance that allowed freshmen to meet fellow students and develop new relationships.
The pinnacle of the orientation program was Confirmation Ceremony for the class of 2016, held by the University for the first time. Alcorn 18th President M. Christopher Brown II and his administration addressed new students, their families and friends at the festive ceremony held in the historic Oakland Memorial Chapel. During his speech "Are you BRAVE enough for the Flight of the Bumblebee", President Brown said "no matter where you come from, no matter what your story is, you now have the opportunity to write your own future."
This year, Alcorn welcomed students from all over the U.S. – Louisiana, Texas, California, Washington, Nevada, Tennessee, Illinois, Georgia, Virginia, Michigan and Mississippi, as well as overseas – Canada, Mexico, Russia, Ghana, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Georgia, India and Ukraine.
Dana Stevenson, freshman from San Bernardino, California, said she is excited to be at Alcorn. “I always wanted to attend an HBCU in the South and when I found out that Alcorn has the major I was interested in – special education – I knew that it was the school for me.”
Justin Knight from Bassfield, Mississippi, a first in his family to attend college, said he chose Alcorn because “it’s the best HBCU in the nation. And I love the Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite.”
For freshmen Pavel Sarygin from Voronezh, Russia, his first days at Alcorn were both “exciting and stressful. Everything from the weather to educational system is different in Russia. I am happy to be here and definitely have something to write home about.”