Bucknell to Open 173rd Academic Year with Aug. 19 Convocation

Class of 2022 among one of the largest in University history with 976 new students

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell University will welcome one of its largest incoming classes when it opens its 173rd academic year at convocation on Sunday, August 19, at 7:30 p.m., in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

President John Bravman will deliver the address at convocation, which will be followed by a candlelighting ceremony on Malesardi Quadrangle.

With 976 new students, the Class of 2022 is just one member shy of last year’s record incoming class. Students come from 30 states and 46 countries and have an average GPA of 3.57. The class is among the most diverse in University history, with 21 percent being students of color and 11 percent being first-generation college students.

“We’re thrilled by the qualities the Class of 2022 brings to our campus,” said Kevin Mathes ’07, dean of admissions. “They founded nonprofits to raise awareness for pediatric cancer, competed in the World Championships for FIRST Robotics, and performed in Off-Broadway productions. The admissions team was impressed with their dedication to their studies and intellectual curiosity. They will make their mark in and out of the classroom.”

This year, Bucknell’s Office of Admissions received 10,144 applications from students across the country and around the world.

The University will open the academic year with a total enrollment of 3,758 students, including 62 graduate students.

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CONTACTS: Mike Ferlazzo, 570-577-3212, 570-286-6266 (c), mike.ferlazzo@bucknell.edu; Andy Hirsch, 570-577-3698, andy.hirsch@bucknell.edu

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