More than 100 high school students already accepted to St. Joseph’s College joined the Office of Admissions on Sunday for SJC Brooklyn’s first-ever Virtual Accepted Student Day.
President Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D.; Christine Murphy, vice president for enrollment management; and Nicholas Gangone ’21, president of the Student Government Association (SGA), gave the Class of 2024 a warm welcome in pre-recorded messages.
After that, about 140 attendees interacted live with SJC faculty, staff and students, through one of seven Zoom sessions, including a tour of the historic Clinton Hill Campus and discussions with campus representatives from admissions and financial aid, academic programs, the nursing program, the honors program, athletics and student life.
“I want to applaud and congratulate each and every one of you,” Murphy said. “I hope you will take some time today to celebrate your acceptance, take pride in your accomplishments, and as you meet the St. Joseph’s faculty, staff and students in the sessions, try to envision yourself as part of the St. Joseph’s College community.
She continued: “I know these are challenging and uncertain times, but after meeting many of you and spending time with your applications, I also know that you are resilient and driven, and you will work hard to stay the course you began back when you submitted your application.”
In accordance to the social distancing measures taken by the state due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Office of Admissions held Accepted Student Day in a virtual format to introduce incoming freshmen to the campus.
The event proved to be very interactive. Similar to past Admitted Student Days, attendees had opportunities for individual sessions with academic affairs, accessibility services, admissions, and athletics and recreations.
“I know this is a time when a lot of people are not thinking about college and are not thinking about education, but it’s exactly the time you should be thinking of it,” Dr. Boomgaarden said. “It’s education and knowledge that helps us deal with these difficult times.
“Right now in the community, there are so many graduates of our school who are helping make the situation better — not only in New York but across the country — because of the skills and the competencies they developed here,” he continued. “Attending a college like St. Joseph’s is going to give you the opportunity to give back so when we have these difficult periods you’ll have something to fall back on and something to offer to others.”