As August ended, the St. John Fisher campus gradually came back to life.
Student athletes arrived for preseason camps shortly after the Buffalo Bills ended their annual stay on the campus. The Pharmacy School welcomed a new group of students, who started class on Aug. 22. A convocation for faculty and staff to work on a strategic plan for the college’s future was held Aug. 31.
But this gradual start exploded into the frenzy of a new year on Saturday Sept. 3, with first-year student move-in day and the first football game of the year at Growney Stadium. An incoming freshman class of nearly 600 students, the vast majority of them living on campus, arrived to settle into their residence halls and take part in activities orienting them to life and academics at Fisher.
Those activities were scheduled to take place through Tuesday Sept. 6, which is when classes begin with the 1:45 p.m. block. Morning classes are not held to give the new students time to attend orientations with their academic departments and participate in an opening convocation that centers on having them sign the Fisher Creed. With that, the Class of 2020 will formally become part of the Fisher community and begin their journey toward graduation.