Franklin Pierce University welcomes Class of 2026

  • Leana Heitmann of Syracuse, N.Y., poses with her parents before moving in to her residence hall at Franklin Pierce University Aug. 27. PHOTO BY LUKE NEWMAN/FPU

  • Franklin Pierce President Kim Mooney poses outside her freshman year residence hall room, Mount Washington 273, with one of this year’s occupants, Jill Hertl of Highland Park, Ill. PHOTO BY LUKE NEWMAN/FPU

  • It’s a family affair as students move in to their residence halls at Franklin Pierce University Aug. 27. PHOTO BY LUKE NEWMAN/FPU

  • Arriving families are greeted by a student peer leader and Rocky the Raven. PHOTO BY LUKE NEWMAN/FPU

  •  Franklin Pierce President Kim Mooney greets families as they arrive to campus. PHOTO BY LUKE NEWMAN/FPU

  • Franklin Pierce President Kim Mooney and student peer leaders pose for a group photo while taking a short break from helping students move in to their residence halls Aug. 27. PHOTO BY LUKE NEWMAN/FPU

Published: 8/29/2022 12:31:55 PM

Franklin Pierce University’s newest students arrived on campus Saturday, Aug. 27. Greeted by students and members of the university’s faculty, staff and administration, the Class of 2026 hails from 24 states and 10 countries, according to an announcement from the college.

For vehicles arriving at the intersection of University Drive and Mountain Road, college President Kim Mooney personally welcomed each family. 

Celia Martinez arrived from Manchester, and plans to study veterinary medicine as an undergraduate through the university’s graduate pathway program with St. George’s University (SGU) School of Medicine or School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies.

“I am very thankful to the university for making my transition to college so seamless, including the staff in Financial Services who worked with me to make my college education affordable and accessible,” she stated.

Mooney even helped to move in students. A move-in weekend tradition, she stopped by her freshman residence hall room, Mount Washington 273, to greet this year’s occupants, Jill Hertl and Cassidy Anderson, before making her way to Cheshire Field for the community cookout.

Among the 346 newest Franklin Pierce students, including freshmen and transfer students, the most-popular declared undergraduate major is health science.

More than 50 percent of the incoming class is recruited student-athletes. They also include members of the Raven Marching Band, who are preparing for their debut performance at the first home football game of the season on Sept. 3.

Tyler McDonald, a junior transfer student and baseball pitcher from Haverhill, Mass., was drawn to the campus after hearing about the positive experience his friend Hunter Wilichoski has had at FPU.

“I heard a lot of great things, and when I visited campus, I was drawn to the great atmosphere, the academics and the chance to be part of a competitive baseball team,” he stated.

Tyson Springer, from Youngstown, Ohio, made several visits to the Rindge campus while doing his college search.

“I looked at a lot of colleges, but from my first visit to Franklin Pierce, it felt like home,” he stated.

Following move-in, Mooney addressed the Class of 2026 and their families under the large orientation tent on Cheshire Field.

“As a community of educators, we share an interest in your student that extends far beyond the classroom and academic performance, far beyond the playing fields and athletic performance, far beyond the leadership roles they may choose to accept as students here,” she stated. “We understand and embrace the awesome responsibility, not only to help shape your students’ lives while they are at Franklin Pierce, but to foster in them the personal goals and character that will shape their futures, but by default the futures of the people they will meet, the places they will work, and the communities in which they live.”

Returning students were scheduled to move in Sunday and Monday. Classes were set to begin Tuesday, Aug. 30.


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