Radford University’s Class of 2017 has arrived on campus and they kicked things off with a bang at this year’s Freshmen Convocation.
Many of the more than 2,000 members of the freshman class – one of the largest ever at RU – made their way to Bondurant Auditorium to hear a welcome from administration and enjoy the funny, inspiring stories of the documentary filmmakers from "The Buried Life."
Radford President Penelope W. Kyle shared with the assembled students some statistics about their class:
- Ninety-three percent of the incoming freshmen come from Virginia
- States with the highest representation include Maryland (30), North Carolina (12), New Jersey (11) and New York (11)
- Fifty-seven percent of the class are female and forty-three percent are male
New Highlanders from countries such as the United Kingdom, Spain, Saudi Arabia and China were also in attendance.
"Welcome to all new Highlanders at RU," President Kyle said at the end of her remarks, before ushering the night’s highly-anticipated guests, Ben Nemtin and Duncan Penn of The Buried Life, onstage. "Good luck and let’s get on with the show!"
The Buried Life began in Victoria, B.C., Canada when Nemtin, Penn, Penn’s brother Jonnie and friend Dave Lingwood borrowed an RV, bought a camera on eBay, threw a party to raise money for gas and hit the road for two weeks one summer before returning to university. Their mission was to cross items off a bucket list and help strangers they met do the same.