By Nina Wu
Missouri Valley College officially began its 125th year with a convocation ceremony on the campus quad at 10 a.m., on Thursday, Sept. 4.
After dividing into group, the freshmen, led by their student mentors and teachers, formed a procession from the columns to the area in front of Baity Hall. Following “The Star-Spangled Banner” sung by MVC Concert Choir, the ceremony continued with a presentation of flags representing the home state or country of MVC students, which included 50 American states and 35 international countries. Flag carriers were proud to became a part of the representatives; showing their diversity and culture to the assembled MVC students and faculty
“I am really proud of becoming a flag representative that present my country, Japan. I am glad to be here as a MVC student. We
share two different cultures and I am learning new things everyday,” said Yasufumi Myoi, a freshman from Japan.
After the flag presentation, club leaders and sponsors were introduced to President Dr. Bonnie L. Humphrey, who became MVC’s 13th president since January 2005. Meanwhile, 15 sports teams were also introduced to Humphrey.
“I really liked the Convocation Ceremony this year, especially since they included the Student Leader Dinner. I like the convocation to be outside when it’s not too hot.” David Roberts, assistant professor of Mass Communication said.
At the end of the ceremony, Humphrey gave a speech for all freshmen. She welcomed them to start their college career at MVC. She said, MVC is diverse and loyal, freshmen should take strong responsibility for their education, work hard and enjoy.
“MVC can truly change your life if you get involved. I wish all of you have a great year.” Humphrey added.