With 25 rings at the Watkins Bell Tower, bittersweet goodbyes to families, and the signing of the Honor Code, Hampden-Sydney College welcomes a remarkable group of young men into the brotherhood.
In a welcome ceremony on August 19 for new students and parents on Venable Lawn, President Stimpert offered words of advice and extolled the values of Hampden-Sydney men. “What I want more than anything is for you to make the most of these next four years. Your time here will go very quickly, so the main thing I’m asking today is that every one of you makes a plan,” he said. President Stimpert encouraged the newest Tigers to explore their interests, engage with professors and alumni, and focus on developing their talents and strengthening their weaknesses. He added, “You can and should revise your plan many times in the weeks and months ahead, but it is important to have a plan for how you will make the most of these four years.”
Dean of Admission Jason Ferguson ’96 emphasized the strength of the brotherhood these young men are joining. “No matter what your background is, what talents you have, or even what major league baseball team you root for, you are all part of one brotherhood,” he said.