Welcome Class of 2018!


On Thursday, Aug. 14, 420 freshmen flooded campus to move into Windward Commons and begin the first year of their college experience. While many students were nervous as they “flew the coop” to venture out on their own, their nerves were eased by the smiling faces and helping hands of hundreds of staff and student volunteers who welcomed them to campus and helped them move into their rooms.

Entering freshman took their first steps as college students on Thursday, but Friday marked the day that they officially became Pirates at the university’s inaugural First-Year Convocation.

The festivities began in Alumni Arena as Armstrong’s freshmen gathered for a group photo to commemorate the day. Students then followed behind the official class of 2018 flag in a processional from the Sports Arena to Fine Arts Hall. Faculty from all four colleges dressed in graduation regalia and lined Science Drive to cheer the students on as they made their way into the ceremony.

“We are looking forward to the journey that we are going to take together,” said Armstrong President Dr. Linda M. Bleicken as she addressed the crowd of incoming freshman.

After listening to inspirational speeches by Interim Provost David Ward, Faculty Senate President Dr. Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas, Student Government President Cassian Nunez and Armstrong alumna Sara Longaberger, each student received a commemorative gold doubloon stamped with Friday’s date on one side and “Class of 2018” on the other. 

The journey has only begun for Armstrong’s class of 2018. Go Pirates!