New Students Attend Induction Ceremony

Lawrenceville hosted its annual Induction Ceremony this past Sunday at 3:15 PM in the Edith Memorial Chapel to commemorate new students’ official entry to the School.

Lawrenceville hosted its annual Induction Ceremony this past Sunday at 3:15 PM in the Edith Memorial Chapel to commemorate new students’ official entry to the School.

The ceremony began with a greeting by Director of Spiritual and Religious Life Sue Anne Steffey Morrow H’12 followed by Chair of Performing Arts Keith Roeckle’s leading the students through the School song “Triumphant Lawrence.” Students concluded the ceremony with the recitation of the Student Oath and pledged to lead “lives of personal honor, respect, and compassion.”

The Induction Ceremony was created rather recently, less than two decades ago, around the same time House Olympics was introduced by Lawrenceville’s former Head Master Michael Scott Cary. Dean of Students Blake Eldridge ’96 H’12 explained that Induction began as “the new student [equivalent] to the alumni induction ceremony done with the V Formers every year.” The ceremony signals “the transition from individual to community,” Eldrige said.

Second formers seemed to share an overall positive outlook on the ceremony.

Grant Shueh ’23 believed that the Induction Ceremony succeeded in its aim to “unify everyone and mark the beginning of [new students’] time [at] Lawrenceville.”

For some students, the Induction Ceremony strengthened their sense of belonging at the School and identity as Lawrentians. Aarushi Attray ’23 said that the event helped her in considering herself “a part of the Lawrenceville family.” Similarly, Christabelle Sutter ’23 reflected that the ceremony “prompted [her] to be [her] best self” in the community.

However, among III and IV Formers, attitudes towards the ceremony seemed to take a downturn. Afton Lee ’21 recalled that preceding the ceremony, “[the School] didn’t really do too much for the new [III Formers]” to get to know each other, so there were “only a few other [III Formers] [she] knew” at the ceremony.

Nonetheless, Lee felt a connection to the other new students present, albeit one not as strong as she would have liked. “We were all roughly experiencing the same thing. We all didn’t know what was to come for the rest of the year, so being together with people experiencing things I [was] still comforted [me],” Lee said.

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