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UC Welcomes Class of 2015


A familiar scene as students moved into the residence halls at University of the Cumberlands on Sunday, August 21st.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. Moving-in day, Sunday August 21, was the beginning of a whirlwind of activities on the campus of University of the Cumberlands (UC) as new and returning students arrived to start the 2011-2012 academic year. With the around 415 freshmen and 80 transfer students, as well as an increase enrollment in graduate courses, officials at the University expect the total number of students to exceed last year’s record breaking enrollment of 3,311students. Classes began on August 25.

Sunday evening, the members of the freshman class attended their first Convocation on campus and experienced their first academic processional as they watched the faculty members march into Gatliff Chapel wearing their traditional robes and dress.


Walmart in Williamsburg, KY welcomed the UC students on move-in day with the inaugural “UC Frenzy”. Students enjoyed fun, games, food, and discounts on items to stock their dorms.

Dr. Jim Taylor, Cumberlands’ president welcomed the class briefly, several upperclassmen explained, using jokes, how the students should conduct themselves during the weekly, required Convocation services. At the end of the program, Taylor asked all the freshman to put on the official “Class of 2015” pins they had been given earlier. They will be asked to wear the pins again at their final graduation services in 2015.

As students returned to campus, UC had plenty of activities on slate for Welcome Week 2011. Presented by the Campus Activities Board (CAB), the social media themed week, titled “Follow Us”, featured events, activities and giveaways planned for students across campus.

On Sunday August 21, Welcome Week started with the inaugural UC Frenzy sponsored by Walmart in Williamsburg. The event, which coincided with student move-in day, provided UC students with discounts on many college essentials sold in the store. The Patriot Party on the BCC Field was held Sunday evening. The annual event featured a live band, corn hole, pizza, and photo key chains.

On Monday, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was shown on the BCC Field.

The popular campus game show “Stock Your Dorm” was held on Tuesday August 23 at in Gatliff. This event allowed students to compete for prizes that they could use to help stock their dorm rooms.

Mentalist Chris Carter returned to the UC campus on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the annual Activities Fair was held in the cafeteria. The fair featured booths from many organizations and departments on campus full of information and giveaways.

Likewise on Thursday, Baptist Campus Ministry’s (BCM) Fuse event was held at Main Street Baptist Church.

Rounding out the week on Friday CAB hosted the first of many “Freebie Fridays” from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the mid BCC. Throughout the year, CAB will be hosting weekly “Freebie Fridays” where different surprises will be given away each week. Fridays Freebies was the popular Dippin Dots ice cream!

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.