Members of the incoming class are presented with symbolic tassels during Opening Convocation as part of a new campus tradition which began in 2011. These tassels are representative of the goal to which new students aspire, with the full support of the Susquehanna University community.
A letter from President Lemons accompanies the tassel:
We have great expectations for you.
It is a privilege to welcome you to the Susquehanna community. We greet you with warmth and enthusiasm and we are looking forward to getting to know you. Convocation means “calling together.” We gather today with your families and members of the university faculty and administration to help celebrate with you this important rite of passage. This ceremony marks the beginning of your higher education experience at Susquehanna University, the start of a new adventure. We are happy that you have chosen Susquehanna as your partner on this journey. Your experience here will leave an indelible mark. You will develop—with faculty and your peers—relationships that will be among the most significant in your life.
Your professors and peers will open your eyes to new perspectives. You will expand your intellect; learn to think critically and to communicate clearly; and come to understand and embrace the ethical values that will guide you. You will become a better problem solver and uncover new ways to contribute to the world—both locally and globally. Through it all, you will become a highly educated individual who demonstrates Susquehanna’s mission through leadership, achievement and service.
At Susquehanna, you will find opportunities for growth both inside and outside the classroom. You will have a chance to get involved, get in shape or get in gear. More than 100 student clubs and organizations will offer a chance to sharpen your leadership skills and develop camaraderie. So go Greek; be a class officer, an athlete, a musician or become involved in theatre; join the Student Activities Committee or Student Government Association; volunteer locally or participate in a service trip to help an underserved community.
These experiences will help you to find your passion—and then find yourself— at Susquehanna. So let the journey begin, and know that we will be here to support and guide you along the way.
With very best wishes,
L. Jay Lemons