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MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—New students on the Morrisville State College campus will be greeted by faculty, staff and college president, Ray Cross, during an Academic Welcome Ceremony, Tuesday, Sept. 1.

The unique event, which will be held at 1 p.m. in Hamilton Hall, is the revival of a college tradition (formerly called convocation) to bond students with faculty and stress students’ new academic beginning, Paul Griffin, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and associate provost, said.

Morrisville State College welcomed more than 1,600 freshmen and transfer students this week, some hailing from as far as China, Sweden, England and Canada, in addition to returning students.

Among campus additions that will benefit students are a new Shop 24 vending machine near Helyar Pond and Commons II, a suite-style residence hall. Construction is also under way on a new Applied Design Center and athletic field and stadium.

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 bachelor and associate degrees and options including a new bachelor degree in business administration, a bachelor of technology degree in criminal justice and an associate degree in renewable energy technology.

Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.