August 29, 2014
On August 22, Hampden-Sydney welcomed its fourth largest student body of 1105 to its 2014-15 academic year. Slightly larger than anticipated, the freshman Class of 2018 totals 322 members and 21 transfer students who come from 21 states and three foreign countries. Sixty-six percent are from Virginia and the next largest group (17%) is from North Carolina. Fourteen are the sons of alumni, 15 attended Boy's State, five were student body presidents in high school, 34 (10.5%) are Eagle Scouts, and 109 (33.8%) were captains of varsity teams in high school.
The third annual C Day, a day when faculty, staff, and students come together to celebrates convocation, class identity, and community, began with Opening Convocation at Everett Stadium on August 26th. Chip Edens '92, Rector of Christ Church Charlotte, NC, was the convocation speaker.
After Convocation, each class attended a program individual to the class. Freshmen heard from Tim Fitzpatrick '81, Director of Athletics, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT; Sophomores: Andy Freitas '92, President and Owner, Colonel's Limited LLC, Vienna, VA; Juniors: Tulane Patterson '78, founder of Christian Health Outreach, Lynchburg, VA, and author; Seniors: Thad Shelly '75, Managing Director and Senior Advisor, Tiedemann Wealth Management, Jupiter, FL. Mr. Freitas spoke as part of the pinning ceremony at which sophomores received their class pins from their academic advisers. Mr. Patterson spoke as part of the ceremony at which juniors receive their class coin and ring.
During the remainder of the afternoon, students had the opportunity to explore a Majors Fair, a Career Fair, the Student Engagement Fair, and to view Student Honors Research Projects displayed in the Tiger Inn. The afternoon ended with the Pig-on-the Point, the annual BBQ picnic on Chalgrove Lake.
On Wednesday evening, President and Mrs. Howard warmly welcomed freshmen to Middlecourt for the annual Ice Cream Social.