New Academic Year Begins at Main Campus

August 25, 2009

Classes for the new academic year got off to a smooth start Tuesday for Saint Leo University’s full-time undergraduate students at the main campus in Pasco County.

A record number of students new to Saint Leo—504 college freshmen and 168 transfer students––were expected, based on deposits paid through the end of the previous week.

Those students and their families were welcomed with a matriculation ceremony held mid-Saturday afternoon. The scheduling gave many families time they needed Saturday morning and early afternoon to help move their students into residence halls. The matriculation ceremony itself is a festive event that introduces families and students to the faculty, customs, and core values of the university. The values of excellence, community, respect, personal development, responsible stewardship, and integrity are ingrained in daily life at Saint Leo, and are reliable guideposts for life, President Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. told students in his welcome address.

Other highlights during the ceremony included the traditional display of the national flags from all the countries represented in the new-student population––27 this year––and performances by the Voices of Christ student choir.

Academic advising for students followed on Monday. University officials will be tallying the total population of undergraduates on the main campus as a clearer picture emerges during the first weeks of the semester.

In the fall of 2008, 1,616 undergraduates studied full-time on the main campus.