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Freshmen Orientation Booked at Mississippi College

Mississippi College student leaders helped at the May 31-June 1 freshmen orientation. They will again toss out the welcome mat to the Class of 2022 at orientation July 12-13.

Two hundred students from a dozen states are booked for Mississippi College’s summer freshmen orientation.

And 350 parents and other family members are coming along for the ride, too. The marathon of orientation events on the Clinton campus will run July 12-13.

Activities begin with 8:30 a.m. check-in at the lobby of Nelson Hall.

There should be plenty of things on the to-do list as new freshmen gear up for Fall classes beginning in late August. Students are coming from as far away as California, Indiana and Minnesota. The bulk of the freshmen will travel from across the South – from states like Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, among others.

During a busy two days, President Blake Thompson will speak to the newcomers at a dinner at Anderson Hall Thursday night. The program begins at 6 p.m.

A former vice president at The Ohio State University, Dr. Thompson went to work at 5,200-student Mississippi College on July 1.

While in Clinton, freshmen will meet with leaders of campus organizations – from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to social clubs and tribes along with the Student Government Association. They will sleep one night in residence halls, get to know professors, and meet MC sports personality Tom A. Hawk. They will register for Fall classes.

Parents won’t be ignored. They’re invited to sessions on student financial aid, and attend a prayer service in Provine Chapel following Thursday’s presidential dinner. On Friday morning, parents will attend two breakfasts with college pastors and athletic staff.

Incoming freshmen will check out of Mississippi College residence halls beginning 11:30 a.m. Friday and take the journey home.