Fall 2014 College Transition Ceremony: Encouraging Students to Make Every Move Count

While it is often the execution of the final move in a game of chess which will grab the spotlight and steal all the glory, on Thursday, August 21, 2014, Dr. Jason Evans, Associate Professor of Agricultural Business at SUNY Cobleskill, encouraged students at the Fall 2014 College Transition Ceremony to celebrate every move they make during their undergraduate career at SUNY Cobleskill. By embracing every facet of the experience at SUNY Cobleskill, a student can begin crafting an extraordinary quality of life and set themselves on the path to achieving their goals – long before the final conquering move is ever made.

aJO7oVAwXwW5Lkbn0vU-P22t1TzZ4ptPX38jgUEBTswThe fall 2014 College Transition Ceremony commemorates the official start of the college experience and provides freshman and newly arriving students to the SUNY Cobleskill campus with the opportunity to reflect upon what it is that they are seeking to accomplish as they begin the college career. Inspiring students to remove their focus on a single game piece within the chess game that is a student’s journey at SUNY Cobleskill, Dr.Evans advocated for the appreciation of every game piece one will possess during their time at the College. Stressing that though good players can win the game of chess by zeroing in and implementing a single strategy, great players of the game of chess harbor the ability to see the entire board; fully understanding how each individual move they make will impact all the moves that follow. Game pieces which embody that of individual character, education, network, creativity, and passion should never be overlooked or neglected.

transition-c-2As a continuing tradition for SUNY Cobleskill, the College Transition Ceremony maintains its energy and excitement. “The Steps to Success program is a distinctive Cobleskill tradition emphasizing the importance of community engagement,” says Vice President Steven Ackerknecht. “We are confident that students who attend SUNY Cobleskill will be provided with a distinctive educational journey that will shape their lives in so many ways.” While their families look on, students are officially welcomed into SUNY Cobleskill community by college officials and the Student Government Association President, and process one by one across the stage to receive an orange tassel from the Presiding Officer of the faculty. This tassel symbolizes the goal of graduation and students are encouraged to keep it omnipresent as they embark upon their college career.