A Foundation to Succeed

On the Rocks, Bradley's male a cappella group, performs for the class of 2016 at Freshman Convocation. The ceremony welcomes incoming students to Bradley and introduces them to the many traditions and opportunities on campus.

By Frank Radosevich II
August 22, 2012

Student Body President Alan Bukingolts said he planned on visiting friends at nearby universities monthly when he first arrived at Bradley back in 2009.

But four years later, Bukingolts, a senior studying public relations from Niles, Ill., told the class of 2016 that all the excitement and experiences they seek can be found on the Hilltop.

“The activity this campus offers is remarkable,” he told the crowd of new students at Freshman Convocation. “The opportunity you have at Bradley right now is amazing.”

Freshman Convocation, a revived tradition, welcomed incoming students to Bradley as they embark on a four-year journey on campus and beyond. Hosted in the Renaissance Coliseum, Freshman Convocation familiarized students with Bradley’s rich history and traditions, teaching them about the University's founder Lydia Moss Bradley and the opportunities that await them.

University President Joanne Glasser opened the ceremony with some sage advice.

“My advice tonight is for you to take advantage of the multitude of opportunities before you. It is our great fortune — and yours too — that you chose Bradley,” Glasser said. “That’s because at Bradley we have created a living and learning environment that will maximize your success beyond what you can imagine today.”

She encouraged the students to use their time wisely by seeking out leadership positions on campus and making a difference during their first year. Glasser emphasized how their active participation in courses, student organizations or athletics will strengthen their skills and develop their interests.

“Don’t wait a single moment to make a difference. You can make a difference as a freshman. Start now,” she told the students.

The ceremony also introduced freshman to their fellow classmates through performances by the men’s a cappella group On the Rocks, the University’s award-winning speech team and the student improv comedy troupe Barbeque Kitten. The evening ended with an emphasis on camaraderie with an ice cream social.

Incoming freshman Bob Cooling, from Lemont, Ill., said he enjoyed the evening’s performances and was looking forward to his first year on the Hilltop. He chose Bradley because it was the “perfect size” and would be studying actuarial science.

“I’m looking forward to learning to live on my own and increasing my responsibility,” he said.