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Over the course of Labor Day weekend, Emmanuel welcomed new and returning students, families and friends to campus to begin the 2023-24 academic year. Among the ranks were nearly 600 of the College’s newest students, who arrived from 28 U.S. states and from countries spanning Central and South America, and East Asia.

Acting President Dr. Beth Ross, Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Jenn Forry and students from the Class of 2027 hold the class banner.

As part of her opening remarks to new students on September 3rd in the Jean Yawkey Center gymnasium, Acting President Dr. Beth Ross remarked on the many ways Emmanuel students play a vital role in our community, both on and off campus.  

“Here, young people have connected with faculty mentors and discovered pathways to careers; to graduate programs; to medical and law schools; and to futures that they had only dreamed of,” she said. “Here, students have learned to apply knowledge in real-world settings throughout Boston, gaining practical skills and valuable networking contacts. And here, as members of an authentically welcoming and supportive community, students past and present have formed some of the most meaningful and enduring friendships of their lives.” 

From writing a paper on business ethics, observing a painting at the neighboring Museum of Fine Arts, or engaging in a community engagement project aimed at enhancing food security for residents of the City of Boston, Dr. Ross reflected on how Emmanuel students are always encouraged to explore something new and to expect that a life-changing moment could be just around the corner. She highlighted St. Teresa of Avila’s concept of “the interior castle” saying, “Never underestimate the power of a new perspective, a new understanding, or an instance of grace.”  

“Never underestimate the power of a new perspective, a new understanding, or an instance of grace.” 

- Acting President Dr. Beth Ross

Move-in weekend kicks off a flurry of activities for all students as part of the College’s Welcome Week events, including Lawn on EC, EC Beach Fest, Academic Convocation, the College of the Fenway Block Party, Saints Tailgate and more.  

In her closing remarks to the Class of 2027, Dr. Ross advised students to dive into confidently as members of the Emmanuel community. 

“Beginning now, you will be surrounded by people and resources dedicated to your success and well-being,” she said. “That includes professors, advisors, coaches, resident assistants and many others. We are here to both support and champion you.”