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8/21/14: Convocation Press Release

Posted by Brianne Leith on August 21, 2014

FOR RELEASE: August 21, 2013
CONTACT: Patricia Dempsey Patricia.dempsey(at)


St. John’s College Welcomes Freshmen


The 2014-15 academic year at St. John’s College opened on Wednesday, August 20. The college’s Annapolis campus welcomes 138 freshmen, including 20 students from Maryland and 16 who are international.

“I came to St. John’s because of the type of learning that goes on here, through discussion-based classes. Students at St. John’s are encouraged to find their own path, ” says freshman Blake Whitehead, of Lenox, Mass.   

Whitehead joined her fellow freshmen at Convocation, the annual ceremony that brings together the St. John’s community for a new year; it is rich with traditions that symbolize what it means to be part of this community of learners—a community where all students read the same great works of Western civilization and take part in discussion-based seminars. After the academic procession to Francis Scott Key Auditorium, each freshman walked on the stage to meet President Christopher B. Nelson; he or she signed the college’s register and received an Ancient Greek lexicon as a gift from the college.

“The best conceivable education, the education at which college-bound students should aim and the one that is most useful to the world, comes from studying the greatest literary, scientific, philosophical, political, artistic, and musical works known to mankind, because their authors have the most to teach,” said President Christopher B. Nelson in his welcome address. “…What incomparable teachers they are, capable of helping you find your way to the answers you seek to the big questions you have: How should I live my life? How can I be useful to the world?”

At St. John’s College, students pursue an interdisciplinary curriculum based on the foundational works of Western civilization in small, discussion-based classes. This independent, co-educational college offers a graduate program based on these same principles. St. John’s College is among the finest institutions of higher education in the nation, with graduates who excel in a wide range of careers around the world.

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