In the program’s first order of business, President Larry Stimpert administered the oaths of office for new student government officers and members of the Student Senate and Student Court. The program also celebrated the academic achievements of eight students (listed below).
Opening convocation offered students, faculty members, and staff the opportunity to hear remarks from several campus leaders, including President Stimpert, Dean of Students Richard M. Pantele ’13, Student Body President Loyal T. Grimes IV ’23, and Andrew Parker ’23, who read several passages of scripture.
“At Hampden-Sydney, we take every aspect of your experience here very personally,” Dean Pantele said. “We value your uniqueness and we treasure your individual contribution to our campus life, and we expect each of you, in turn, to value the great gift of being a student on this campus and embracing your narrow path to becoming your own version of a Hampden-Sydney man.”
Dean Pantele also posed an idea: “I would like the theme of this academic year to be ‘Becoming a Man of Consequence’ — someone who uses the knowledge gained through his experience at Hampden-Sydney to better his own life and the lives of others. Please keep this charge in the front of your mind in all that you do.”
In addition to welcoming the newest members of the student body, Student Body President Grimes saluted what he called “the most unique aspect of Hampden-Sydney”: the brotherhood. Grimes also challenged his fellow seniors to champion each other. “Look to your left, and look to your right,” he said. “Sitting next to you is your brother. And you have an obligation to do everything you can to help them along their path, and to help them grow. I expect to see all of us seniors at graduation, so let’s keep growing together.”