Demonstrating the Institution’s growing global reach and impact, today EARTH inaugurated its 23rd academic year welcoming 115 first-year students, who comprise the most culturally diverse class in the University’s history. The class is also the most gender-balanced, with a 40 percent female representation, and has for the first time students from Lebanon and Jamaica.
In the annual inaugural ceremony on Monday morning, the entering class, along with four study abroad students from University of Missouri and Iowa State University in the United States, marched into the packed Emory L. Cocke Auditorium carrying the flags from their home country. Board members, Faculty, staff and students in attendance heard speeches from Mirlande Hector first year student from Haiti, Cesar Orozco student council president in fourth year from Guatemala , José Zaglul, EARTH’s President and Pedro León, President of the EARTH University Board of Directors. Flor de María Castellano Bosarreyes, first year student from Guatemala gave a reading of an original poem.
With the 2012-2015 class, EARTH now has a total of 405 students from 29 countries. A full 2012 academic calendar is available at: LINK.
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