Asbury Welcomes Class of 2020 – Asbury University
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August 11, 2016

Students shaking hands

WILMORE, Ky. — Golden afternoon light filtered through the windows of Asbury University’s Hughes Auditorium, illuminating a quintessential Asbury scene — hundreds of parents, siblings, new students and staff praying together to open a new school year.

Nearly 400 new students and their families gathered as part of Asbury’s Welcome Week — an event that orients new students for their college career and welcomes them into Asbury’s community.

During the first two days of Welcome Week, students and families took part in panel discussions, orientation sessions, devotions and more, culminating in Wednesday night’s student-parent dedication service with President Sandra C. Gray and the Student Development team. Following the service, families returned home and students are continuing orientation as new members of the Asbury community. The rest of the on-campus student body comes to campus this weekend…as classes begin next Monday.

“I feel very welcomed,” said Oliver Dougan ’20, a new student from the Dominican Republic. “The best part so far has been living in the dorms and the community on the hall. It makes you feel like you’re already part of something.” 

Parents praying for a student

Being “part of something” is a consistent theme throughout Welcome Week. New students are invited to participate in musical ensembles, hall community, various student groups and Transition and Guidance (T.A.G.) groups, which meet every week of the first semester. Additionally, Welcome Week helps new students navigate the practical details of college life, introducing them to liberal arts learning at Asbury, offering academic advising and briefing them on residence life.

“Welcome Week helps build relationships quicker and gets people involved,” said Sarah Scanlan ’20. “You can’t just hide in your room like I’m tempted to do sometimes. I also loved being part of the worship service out on the Green — I like that faith is part of everything here.”

Ashley Dickerson ’17 serves as freshman class sponsor along with Jeremiah Law ’17. Together, they have chosen the Visionary Class name, colors and verse, and will mentor new students over the next two semesters.

“I’m so excited to watch the Visionary Class of 2020 grow and get to know them!” Dickerson said. “My freshman year was the year that I developed the most, so I’m excited to watch them do that. And also, they’re all amazing, so I really want to be their friend.”

Share a Prayer for the Visionary Class of 2020

Asbury faculty, staff and the families of new students are lifting up the Visionary Class of 2020 in prayer, and we invite you to join us. Whether you’re a family member, friend, professor, staff member, student or alum, remember the Visionary Class in your prayers. If you’d like to join others in sharing your prayer publicly, visit Asbury’s Facebook page. Below are a few of the prayers parents of new students shared with us so far this week…

  • “We pray that he will be open to God’s leading and that he will hold on to God’s unchanging hand.” — Natalie and Clifford Houston, parents of Jordan Houston ‘19
  • “So many prayers have been said already. My prayer today is that she will find a home for her soul here; that she will make wonderful friends and beautiful memories.” — Bert Walther ‘90, parent of Beth Walther ‘20
  • “We pray that he makes divine connections, builds lifelong friendships, keeps the Lord first in everything and does his best.” — Angie and Shawn Kelly, parents of Evan Kelly ‘20
  • “I am praying for an enormous number of things, but today, I’m praying that her primary focus is growing closer to Christ and applying herself to the best of her ability to blossom into who God has made her to be.” — Debbi Hicks, parent of Emily Hicks ‘20
  • “My prayer for her is ‘Holiness Unto the Lord’ — I saw that written somewhere here. I hope she uses this time to mature in her faith.” — Scotty Haire, parent of Mackenzie Haire ‘20


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