With open arms and an abundance of caution, Hampden-Sydney College has welcomed an exceptional group of young men to the Hill for the 2020-21 academic year. The College’s reopening plan, which was certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia last month, follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Virginia Department of Health. All members of the Hampden-Sydney community are taking commonsense precautions like wearing masks, social distancing, hand-washing, and monitoring symptoms.
Student Body President Philip M. Pullen ’21 officially welcomed incoming freshmen and transfer students to the brotherhood at a socially-distanced ceremony on Thursday, August 20. “Once you pass through the College gates you are home,” he told the students. “A home where the doors are never locked. A home where everyone smiles and says hello as they walk around campus. A home where one stops to talk to a friend on a hot and humid southern Virginia summer day. A home that is ours. Hampden-Sydney class of 2024, welcome home.”
And Dean of Admission Jason Ferguson ’96 presented the newest Tigers to President Larry Stimpert and the rest of the College community as “the most resilient group of young men I have had the pleasure of knowing.” He told the young men assembled on Venable lawn, “It goes without saying that the past six months have been challenging. However, your sitting here today—on this lawn, under these oaks—speaks volumes to not only your resiliency but to the dedication that all of us at Hampden-Sydney have to our mission of forming you into a good man and a good citizen.”