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Knox Class of 2027 Welcomed to Campus

The Knox College class of 2027 officially arrived on campus Thursday, September 7, as vehicles full of suitcases, boxes, and family members filled the streets.

The class of 2027 continues the tradition of students with unique backgrounds and international origins:

  • Knox welcomed 269 first-year students, 105 of whom are student-athletes
  • 24 percent of the class are international students
  • 30 total countries are represented by the class
  • 37 percent of the class are students of color
  • 28 states and territories within the United States are represented

Move-in began with a newly designed setup for students and parents to utilize in the Ford Center for the Fine Arts (CFA). Information and check-in booths were set up for ease of use, alongside a visit from President C. Andrew McGadney and Blaze for photos and conversation.

After checking in and receiving their keys, new students met with orientation leaders who worked alongside Prairie Fire student-athletes to help families move their luggage and find their way around the quads and other residence halls around campus. 

“My parents are both alumni and have many memories from here. We’ve visited campus often throughout my life. I can’t wait to start making my memories here,” Chris Landon ’27 said. 

“I want to meet more people this year. I love the new energy I’ve felt from the new students so far. There’s a lot to be excited about this year," Karla Pérez ’25 said. 

The Community Resources Fair provided new arrivals with information about various services and clubs available on campus. This event was paired with a free lunch buffet in the Hard Knox Cafe.

“I want to get involved here. I’m not gonna lie, I’m worried about my sleep schedule,” Jonealya Wells-Mohn ’27 said. “I'm happy that I can visit home whenever I need to, but I’m excited about the year ahead.”

Later in the afternoon, students and parents gathered on the South Lawn of Old Main to take part in a Welcome to Knox event. Knox College leaders, including President McGadney, Provost and Dean of the College Michael Schneider, and Vice President for Student Development MarQuita Barker, shared messages of excitement for the new year, goals for students to consider, and much more.

Students shared goodbyes with their parents and loved ones before setting off for their first night at Knox. A trolley waited to usher parents to Ingersoll House where the College hosted a number of Galesburg restaurants with free samples for those visiting the historic location. 

“It’s not easy to leave, but we’re so happy about the environment Knox provides. Academics, friendships, mental health support, it’s all here. We couldn’t be happier for her,” Ginger Carroll, mother of Hazel Carroll ’27, said. 

The day concluded with students gathering in the Knosher Bowl for the PlayFair. The event gave students the opportunity to meet one another through an array of activities aimed at making connections. The night culminated in an ultimate rock-paper-scissor tournament, which came down to two students fiercely competing to become champion.

Students will participate in new student orientation over the remainder of the week to meet faculty and staff, bond over activities with their classmates, and learn about Knox and their new home in Galesburg.

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Printed on Monday, May 20, 2024