New students process as the flags of their home countries are lauded.
Northwood University recently welcomed hundreds of new, transfer, and International students to its West Palm Beach, Florida campus by holding its symbolic “Crossing Over” ceremony.
Serving as the highlight of Northwood Florida’s 2014-2015 Welcome Weekend activities, the “Crossing Over to a New Beginning” event included a colorful promenade of students from the bridge leading to the Edwards Bell Tower and Plaza area from the DeVos-Cook Academic Center. Faculty, staff, returning students, and parents cheered the new students and all of the International students as they came across the bridge carrying state and national flags and entered the Edwards Bell Tower and Plaza. New students from over 27 nations are represented on the Northwood Florida campus this semester.
Northwood Florida President, Dr. Tom Duncan, welcomed the large crowd and reminded them that a bridge connects people and places by making it possible for people to meet and interact, and by providing a simpler, more direct passageway to new places. He paid special tribute to the many Northwood Texas students who are transferring to the Florida Campus this fall.
Duncan also expounded on the symbolic transition students make as they “cross over” to Northwood University from high school, or transfer from other colleges and universities, or transition from other states, nations and continents. He then reminded those assembled that a bridge goes in both directions. Duncan, who is beginning his third year as Northwood Florida president, encouraged returning students, faculty, and staff to learn from the new students – whether from the United States or from abroad. He also encouraged the International students, and all new students, to be willing to learn from those already present at Northwood Florida.
Duncan then asked specific groups a series of questions and encouraged them to affirm their commitment to the educational experience by responding with “We will!”
Freshmen: Will you . . .
Transfer Students: Will you . . .
Returning Students: Will you . . .
International Students: Will you . . .
Student Athletes: Will you . . .
Faculty & Staff: Will you . . .
Everyone: Will you . . .
Having heard the affirmative responses, Duncan then welcomed everyone to the great family known as Northwood Florida “Seahawk Nation,” and invited them to create a wonderful “New Beginning” as they begin the Fall Semester.
Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.
Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at two full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida and mid-Michigan. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.