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2019 convocation outside

TU Welcomes Class of 2023

Tiffin University rolled out the green carpet for the new Dragon class of 2023 on Friday, August 23 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 a.m., then parents and students had a full day of activities, sessions, the Welcome Fair and Convocation.

The band, cheerleaders, flag squad and international flag carriers welcomed the new class before students were led into Heminger Center. Staff and faculty members forced a tunnel to applaud and greet the students as they entered Heminger Center. Once students took their seats, Dr. Peter Holbrook, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, welcomed the group to the 132nd academic year at Tiffin University and thanked the students for choosing to become a Dragon.

Claire Johansen, Chair of the Board of Trustees and alumna of the University also welcomed the class, family members and friends. Johansen introduced the Board, letting the audience know how much the board cares about the University and its students. She said “If you take advantage of the opportunities before you, I guarantee you will not be the same person you will be the day you walk across the stage four years from now.”

Dr. Lillian Schumacher, President of Tiffin University, recognized faculty and staff for their hard work throughout the year. She told the students “We will be here to support you, we will be here to guide you, but the rest is up to you.” Schumacher advised students that college was a time to be selfish, have guts, take initiative, choose to have a positive attitude and have big dreams. She said “Nobody should tell you that your dream is not accomplishable. Dream as big as you want to.”

Dr. Holbrook took the stage again to say “However difficult one’s past is, you have to take the first step and just start it. You are on your way to living like a Dragon. This convocation is about beginning a journey as a college student.”