HAMPTON, Va. (September 7, 2018) — New graduate students were getting oriented and ready to start the new school year during the 2018 Hampton University New Graduate Student Orientation on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Hampton University’s Graduate College offers more than 30 degrees, world-class programs and various opportunities for research and creative scholarly activity.
“Welcome to our beautiful ‘Home by the Sea’ new graduate students,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey. “You have made an excellent choice in pursuing your graduate degree here at Hampton University, and we want you to know that your education and success is our institute’s top priority.”
Dr. JoAnn W. Haysbert, Hampton University Chancellor and Provost, welcomed the crowd of new students and emphasized the importance of research and following the principles that Hampton University’s Founder, Brig. General Chapman Armstrong, instilled from the beginning.
“It is my pleasure to be here and I’m here because I want you to know how important you are. We continue to move to become a research institution of higher education, and who does most of that research? Graduate students. So because of that, we want you to know how important you are and we expect you to follow the same standards the students before you followed,” said Dr. Haysbert. “Our Founder, General Chapman Armstrong, said he wanted everything at his institution to excel, and our 12th President, Dr. William R. Harvey, has gone on record as saying the same thing. That means we want each and every one of you to be successful here at Hampton because it means that you will continue to add value to the communities of which you will determine will be your home.”
Dr. Michelle Penn-Marshall, Vice President for Research, Associate Provost and Dean of the Hampton University Graduate College, presided over the orientation. “Hampton is a family, so you are going to be really happy that you chose this institution to pursue your graduate studies. I attended school here, I earned my master’s degree here and it is truly a family-oriented environment. I expect you all to help each other out, to be honest, be forthright and I expect you to do everything that you can do in order to successfully complete your degrees and to know that we are here to support you,” said Dr. Penn-Marshall.
Students attending the orientation heard from various offices around campus, including the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Office of the Registrar, the William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library, and more. There was also a Q&A session for students who had questions for the presenters.