High school students who have been accepted for the fall 2017 semester were welcomed at Lancer Night hosted by California Baptist University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, April 4 and 11.
Three hundred and fifty students and parents attended the April 4 Lancer Night and 380 attended the April 11 session.
Students were able to meet other accepted students and take part in the CBU connect fair and campus and residence tours offered.
Taylor Shelberg, visits and events coordinator for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, said the event is to give students another chance to come on campus after they have been accepted to CBU.
“There were two sets of students at the event – those who are all in and were there to get connected while the other half, who are still on the fence about wanting to attend CBU, to help them connect with different offices and receive tours of the campus,” Shelberg said. “The goal was for the students to leave the connect fair and the tours to say they at least know some different offices and faces around campus.”
Toward the end of the event, students and their parents enjoyed a dinner in the Van Dyne Gym, along with a signing ceremony at the end.
The signing ceremony saw the accepted students who are attending CBU next fall have their name announced by Brett Vowell, director of Chapel, walk across the stage, receive a Lancer hat and sign a board.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions partnered with FOCUS, to cheer on the new students at the signing ceremony in the gym.
Michael Reid, sophomore business administration major and freshmen FOCUS leader, said through the event the students saw what the CBU atmosphere is all about.
“The event had great energy that was parallel with the excitement from the new students and parents,” Reid said. “My favorite part was welcoming the students into the Lancer family as they walked down the stage and giving high-fives to all the freshmen incoming students.”
When the event was over, students and parents were given the chance to take pictures with “Lance” the Lancer, CBU mascot, and ask any questions the students may have.
Danae Erber, 18-year-old high school student from Rim of the World in Lake Arrowhead, will pursue her degree in history next fall and said her favorite part was learning the ropes of CBU and getting excited to enroll in the university next semester.
“I look forward to meeting new people, moving on campus during the first weekend, and going to the events CBU hosts,” Erber said. “I learned about joining choir from the event which I am looking to join. It got me excited about coming to CBU next semester.”