2023 New Student Convocation and “Welcome to EWHA”
Ewha held the 2023 convocation ceremony for new students at Welch-Ryang Auditorium at 10 a.m. on February 24 to welcome a total of 3,547 freshmen. The entrance ceremony was conducted face-to-face for the first time in the four years since the outbreak of COVID-19. It was attended by Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Ewha Womans University Chang Myong-Sue, President Kim Eun Mee, and faculty members on administrative appointments, along with the over 3,000 freshmen. They filled Welch-Ryang Auditorium.
In her address, President Kim delivered a congratulatory message to the incoming class of 2023. She stated emphatically, “Trust the education, research, and training that Ewha offers and move boldly forward. Develop an ambitious and lofty dream that you couldn’t even have imagined before entering, one that can now come true as a member of Ewha.” She added, “I hope that you will be a trail-blazer for our new era and a role model for the next generation after graduation following a time of growth through trial and error and experiences of failure, whether big or small, at Ewha.”
The remarks were followed by introductions of faculty members on administrative appointments, such as the Vice President, Dean of the Graduate School, and Deans of Colleges, a congratulatory song by the male professors’ choir, and a congratulatory performance by the Ewha Brass Ensemble. The male professors’ choir consisting of former and current instructors at Ewha was formed in 1997. It offers an annual matriculation medley of K-pop songs with customized lyrics. It has long been a sensation among freshmen and provided this year’s new students and their parents with great entertainment and joy as well.
Subsequently, a representative of the entering class mounted the platform to pledge to develop her talents as a proud member of Ewha. A total of 3,547 new undergraduate students and 119 transfer freshmen from the College of Pharmacy began their academic journey at Ewha that day. Ninety-eight of these new students entered through a special admission program for international students, including four from the Ewha Global Partnership Program (EGPP), a full-scholarship program for talented women from developing countries. The new students will enjoy their campus lives for four years as members of one or two of Ewha’s 76 departments across 15 colleges.
Right after the matriculation ceremony, a welcoming program for the intake of new students entitled “Welcome to Ewha” was held. The “Welcome to Ewha” program used a talk show format to congratulate freshmen on their admission while helping with their adaption to university life. It received a highly favorable response for its diverse content.