Welcoming the Class of 2017
Hundreds of members of the university community welcomed the Class of 2017, with the long-standing traditional Move-In Day. Spirits were high despite the rain-soaked day as faculty, staff, upperclassmen, and alumni greeted 950 freshmen and their families, sharing their Pirate Pride. Standing curbside at Aquinas and Boland Halls, caring volunteers welcomed the first of more than 2,300 students who will be moving in throughout the weekend.
Among those volunteering was third-year FOCUS missionary student Anna Capizzi from Maryland. She said, “We’re here to welcome students and to be a friendly face. We encourage them to be a part of Campus Ministry events and to go deeper in their faith.”
Students travelled throughout the country to start their freshmen journey. Driving with his family 13 hours from Chicago was Michael Dowdy, a political science major, who hopes to play basketball. “Today is so exciting. It’s been hectic but already it’s been a great experience.” His mother, Annette, agreed. “He’s my third child out of four, and we were so excited when he got into Seton Hall.”
Starting together at the Stillman School of Business were two friends, James Seedorf and Michael Delaney. “I’m nervous but excited at the same time. I looked at a lot of schools online. I took the tour here and really loved the campus. I’m really happy to be at Seton Hall, majoring in Accounting,” said James.
Michael, a finance major, said he was thrilled with the great scholarship he received and is pleased to be rooming with his good friend from back home. “It’s very good to be moving out and coming to Seton Hall as an individual,” said Michael.
“I feel it’s really diverse here and very accepting, which is a huge thing for me,” said Diplomacy major Breanna Drew from Tuckahoe, NY. “It’s a cool experience moving in here—a chance to be independent.”
Feeling like she was already home as she walked on to campus and saw so many friendly faces was Zelenia Felipe from Rockaway Beach, Queens. “This was my dream school to do nursing. I appreciate the spiritual aspect of Seton Hall. I wanted to go to a Catholic school and I especially loved the nursing aspect as well.
Also appreciating the academics at Seton Hall, was Erin Johnson from Shelton, CT. “I’m a dual major, Biology-Physician Assistant. This is a rare major and I’m glad Seton Hall was able to offer it. Despite the weather, it’s exciting to be here.”
The Hall is a family tradition for many of this year’s incoming freshmen.
Greg Fania, a Stillman Business School student from Long Valley, NJ, was thrilled to come onto campus with his brother Nick, a finance and management alum, who graduated in 2011. “A lot of my family has gone here. We have some of the best academics at the Hall. My dad, my uncle and his wife, and my cousins also went here,” said Nick.
Continuing the family tradition, Greg said, “It’s an incredible community here; it’s just like a family. I feel it’s a great achievement, a great honor to be at Seton Hall.”