Union College welcomes incoming class with annual C.I.R.C.L.E.S. Ceremony

Published on
August 21, 2018

President Hawkins places a medallion on a student during the Circles CeremonyOver 200 students began their college career during the fourteenth annual C.I.R.C.L.E.S. Ceremony at Conway Boatman Chapel.

During the ceremony, new students were introduced to Union’s seven core values – Celebration, Integrity, Responsibility, Civility, Learning, Engagement, and Spirituality – and committed to uphold those values.

Students were welcomed by President Marcia Hawkins, Ph.D., before guest speaker Lee Edward ‘Eddie’ Campbell addressed the room. Campbell, a devout educator and current KEA director, spoke of the importance of education and recounted how his grandmother, who didn’t have the opportunity to go to school, would tell him being a teacher was one of the most honorable professions.

“Every time I went to visit her, should would ask me ‘what did you do today? How many lives did you change?’ She knew impact education could have on a person.”

During the ceremony, Union College faculty, staff, student body, and community members pledged to support the incoming students. Dr. Hawkins led a pledge on behalf of the staff to the new students. Dr. Jim Salvucci, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, led faculty members in a pledge to the students. Sydney Jones, Student Ambassador President, led student leaders in a pledge to the incoming students. David Thompson, Barbourville City Mayor, led the community in their pledge to Union’s students.

After the pledges, the incoming students lined up in the front of the chapel and were presented with a C.I.R.C.L.E.S. medallion; a representation of Union’s values. Upon graduation, each student will present the medallion to a mentor who helped to strengthen those same core values for the student, thus completing the circle.

Photos from the event available here: https://www.unionky.edu/circles2018