Published: Wed Aug 31, 2011
Tennessee Tech University’s students are back on campus for another year of learning. Among them are the nearly 2,000 freshmen, including 34 Eagle Scouts, two military veterans and five sets of twins.
Students’ and professors’ voices resonate in hallways and classrooms across campus and the residence halls no longer stand vacant. The academic year at Tennessee Tech University has begun.
Classes started on Aug. 29, but the academic year began when TTU’s new students were welcomed at the campus’s third annual convocation ceremony. During the ceremony, the nearly 2,000 members of the class of 2015 took the academic oath of integrity and were introduced to some of their professors.
“I congratulate you on becoming the newest members of our Tennessee Tech family,” TTU President Bob Bell said during the ceremony. “We are so proud of you and I’d like to extend my best wishes to each of you during your time on campus.”
The class represents 83 of Tennessee’s 95 counties as well as 16 other states and more than a dozen foreign countries. Ages range from 16 to 43 and 540 members of the new class are receiving more than $1.5 million in academic scholarships.
Though classes are underway, TTU’s Week of Welcome is still going on, with dozens of activities planned through the next two week, including free rounds of laser tag, Greek life mixers, a comedy night and open houses at the newly renovated Library Commons.