A great and worthy University of Rochester tradition continued Thursday with the 28th annual Wilson Day. More than 1,400 new University students went out to 74 community sites in the City of Rochester to complete projects such as landscaping, painting, sorting supplies and working with children and students.
The students met for Opening Ceremonies at the Goergen Athletic Center and listened as University of Rochester president Joel Seligman expressed the importance of the day.
“We’re all in this together – one world,” President Seligman said. “When you reach out to a community, we’re really reaching out to ourselves. We are a university that cares.”
Vivica Smith ’16, a linguistics major from Rochester, was the event coordinator. Smith said Wilson Day is a bonding experience as well as a learning experience.
“The freshmen bond with each other, but they also learn the importance of giving back to the community they will live in for the next four years,” Smith said.
The students, all wearing gray T-shirts, dispersed to 35 waiting buses after the ceremony. They went to places such as the Seneca Park Zoo, the Strong Museum of Play, Bethany House, the Southwest Family YMCA, the Memorial Art Gallery and several Rochester city schools.
Here are photos from Wilson Day 2015: