A colleague once shared with me that New Student Orientation is like Commencement for admissions professionals and in many ways he was spot on. Over the summer months, once in June and once in July, through Orientation, we offered our incoming students and their families the opportunity to formally be introduced to the Southern Vermont College community. This summer we welcomed students from as far away as Kentucky and as close as Bennington. Students were able to meet each other, register for courses, and participate in student activities. Parents and family members were able to attend workshops preparing them for their child to be away from home, learn about student financial services, attend a faculty and staff reception, and even the opportunity to meet local town representatives, like our local chief of police (who is also an SVC alum). Admissions staff often work with students and their families for many months before they arrive at Orientation, and so in many ways, it is also a ‘graduation’ of sorts, from one area of the College to another. For Admissions staff it is exciting and rewarding. It may include a bit of anxiety, but most importantly, it is about community. We welcome our new students and their families with open arms. One of our parents who attended the Orientation shared, “SVC is an amazing environment. Not only is it beautiful, it is so welcoming and accommodating. I am thrilled to have my son attend here in the fall. This will be his home away from home for the next 4 years and I feel so relaxed and confident now after these two days.” We are glad students and parents alike are now formally members of the SVC community. And remember, that by signing your acceptance letter, my team and I fully support you and believe in you, class of 2018. Welcome to SVC!
Jeremy Gibbons, Director of AdmissionsJeremy Gibbons serves as the Assistant Dean of Admissions at Southern Vermont College in Bennington. He is also the President of the Consortium of Vermont Colleges. You may reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.