Tiffin University rolled out the green carpet for the Dragon class of 2022 on Friday, August 24, to kick off Welcome Weekend.
The new students were welcomed to their new home away from home by current students, faculty and staff. Move-in started promptly at 8:30 a.m., then parents and students had a full day of activities, sessions, the Welcome Fair and Campus Convocation.
Class of 2022 stats:
- 513 traditional and international students
- 26 States (including Ohio)
- 45% Female and 55% Male
- 68 Tiffin Arts Students
- 286 Student-Athletes
- New countries this year: New Zealand, Rwanda
- Top majors: sports management, criminalistics, forensic psychology, law enforcement, exercise science and forensic science
The band, cheerleaders and flag holders lead the new class down Miami Street to Convocation. Staff and faculty members created a tunnel to applaud and greet the students as they entered Heminger Center. Once students took their seats, Claire Johansen, Chair of the Tiffin University Board, welcomed the new class. She told the group to “Take advantage of opportunities before you, and you will not be the same person you are today, when you walk across the stage at graduation.”
Dr. Lillian Schumacher, President of Tiffin University, let the students know how proud and glad she was, standing in front of them. She gave a few words of encouragement and said “The work is up to you. But if you try, you will be glad you did. And you will be successful.”
She told students that faculty and staff were there to support students, but the effort, really, is up to them. She gave a few pointers:
- Focus on yourself – be as self-aware as you can be.
- Have the guts and courage to try something new – even if you are afraid to do it.
- Take initiative.
- Choose to have a positive attitude.
- Have big dreams – believe you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
Mayor of Tiffin, Aaron Montz spoke and welcomed the students to the city, saying that things have never been better in Tiffin. He also cited that Tiffin was ranked the 18th safe college community in the nation. (Per Safewise, a professional review and comparison website.)
The new class received their official TU pin from student-athletes, which features the school motto “Without Risk, There is No Gain.” Vickie Wilkins, Director of Alumni Relations told the group “Wear this pin during those important moments in your life – at that presentation, at that important interview.”
The convocation was featured on Facebook Live and is still available to view on TU’s Facebook page facebook.com/tiffinu