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Saint Xavier Welcomes Largest Freshman Class In Its History

More than half of Class of 2008 participates in inaugural medallion ceremony Aug. 25

CHICAGO (Aug. 25, 2004) – Saint Xavier University on Aug. 25 welcomed 410 new students, the school’s largest and most academically talented freshman class in university history. About 250 of the incoming freshmen participated in a medallion ceremony to induct them into Saint Xavier’s academic community.

At the event – held in Saint Xavier’s Shannon Center – Saint Xavier President Judith A. Dwyer remarked on the possibilities a new academic year – and career – can hold.

“The beginning of an academic year is one of the most significant times in the life of a university,” she said. “ … It’s a time for fresh starts and a time to readmit oneself into the life of the mind and a lifetime of learning.”

Participating students received a medallion bearing the Saint Xavier seal as well as the inscription, “We strive to witness to Mercy when we reverence the dignity of each person,” a tenet of the Constitution of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. The medallion symbolizes and acknowledges each freshman’s entrance into an atmosphere of academic excellence, respect, compassion and hospitality.

Freshmen also received a bookmark that on one side explains the origins of the Saint Xavier

seal and on the other, details Saint Xavier’s eight core values of respect, excellence, compassion, service, hospitality, integrity, diversity and learning for life.

About 300 Saint Xavier faculty and staff – wearing academic regalia – took part in a procession prior to distribution of the medals. More than 100 family members and friends of the incoming students also attended the event.