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New Student Induction

New Student Induction Ceremony

Thursday, August 20, 2015
7:30pm Falany Performing Arts Center

The New Student Induction Ceremony at Reinhardt University, a tradition that has been in place since 2000, will take place on Thursday, August 20 at 7:30 PM in the Falany Performing Arts Center.

Like all great universities, Reinhardt University conducts several ceremonies each year with fanfare and pageantry. The Induction Ceremony is an annual academic event which signals the beginning of a student's college career. It is intended to mirror the symbolism and importance of commencement, which celebrates the student’s completion of studies.

During the ceremony new students will receive a personal welcome from Dr. Kina Mallard, President of Reinhardt University, and other distinguished guests. These speakers give words of welcome, advice for a successful first year, and inspiration to Reinhardt University’s newest class.

Also during the ceremony new students will be charged to uphold the University’s Honor Code and will have an opportunity to sign the Honor Pledge, thereby being officially inducted into the Reinhardt Community.

Students should arrive no later than 7:00 PM at the Falany Performing Arts Center. Students will be seated according to their FYS class.

Please note that this event is mandatory for all freshman students and as this is a formal ceremony, please dress appropriately. Ladies should wear dresses or suits and gentlemen should wear suits or sport-coats with a dress shirt, tie and dress shoes.

Immediately following the ceremony, the Class of 2019 picture will be taken in the Falany Performing Arts Center.

From the colorful processional of faculty, staff, and administrators to the eloquent words of advice from the keynote speaker, this ceremony promises to be a memorable and exciting start for Reinhardt University's newest undergraduate students.

Please feel free to contact the Office of Student Activities if you have any questions about this ceremony.

BRandi SmithKeynote Speaker

Brandi Smith

Brandi graduated from Reinhardt in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a History concentration.  As a student at Reinhardt, Brandi was very active as a member of the Student Activities Council, as an Orientation Leader, a Resident Assistant and as President of the Student Government Association.  Her active involvement on campus led to her interest in pursuing a career in higher education administration. 

Brandi began her higher education career at Reinhardt working as an admissions counselor.  It was in the Reinhardt admissions office that it became clear to Brandi that college admissions would is where she wanted to be. 

Her love of helping students navigate the college admissions counseling continued to grow as she went on to work in the admissions offices at Samford University (AL) and Vanderbilt University (TN).  Brandi left college admissions for a few years to be a college counselor at Charlotte Country Day School (NC). 

Her love of being back in a college admissions office brought her back to Atlanta last year.  Brandi currently serves as an Assistant Dean of Admission at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.  Brandi is known in the field of admissions for helping students and supporting counselors who help students navigate the admissions process. 

She currently serves at the Immediate Past President for the Southern Association for College Admissions Counseling (SACAC) and as the Presidents Council Coordinator-Elect for the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC).