Thank you to Canaan Christian Church for providing the live stream. To watch Spalding’s 2017 Commencement, check back on June 3 at 10 a.m.
As you transition to college, here are 10 things to keep in mind.
- Find your community. It will take time to build, but be sure to maintain a supportive network of friends, living mates and college staff and faculty.
- Find a mentor on campus. While many find faculty the most accessible type of mentor, there are many other people who are there to help you – including staff, alumni, coaches and local community members.
- Get involved. College is a time to pursue not only your academics goals, but also to explore and engage in various activities and groups that college campuses provide. You just might a new passion.
- Live on campus. Studies show that students who live on campus are more successful. Not to mention, you’ll enjoy living on your own without paying for cable, a gym membership or electricity and you’ll never haggle a roommate about paying their portion of the rent.
- Get deep. Engage in intellectual discussions with your peers. College is a time to discover new ideals and to open your mind to others’ views of the world.
- Study hard, play hard. Find balance in your social and academic pursuits. Sometimes the things you learn while eating cold pizza at 3 am are just as important as what you learn in the classroom.
- Get connected. Locate your on-campus support staff. On campus counseling, career development and learning support centers are always ready and willing to help you succeed.
- Be money-wise. Many students find that becoming financially independent comes with a new set of temptations and burdens. Seek help in creating a budget and learning how set financial goals.
- Take care. It’s easy to neglect your physical health with all of life’s changing demands. Be mindful of your needs. Eat right, get enough sleep and try to be physically active.
- Branch out. Keep an open mind. Universities are havens for connecting people of all cultures and backgrounds, many different from your own. Embrace the experience and enjoy getting to know more about the world and people around you.
College on your terms
Spalding is the only college in the state of Kentucky to offer a six-week block approach to learning. However you want to achieve your degree, you’ll find success by building a schedule that works for you. Choose to focus on one course at a time, or take on more. You can enroll in up to 18 hours per semester while never taking more than two classes per session. But don’t worry about academic burnout, you can rest and recharge for a full week after every six-week session.
Private education at a public college cost
Spalding is among the most affordable private institutions in the state of Kentucky. Ninety-nine percent of our first-time, full-time students receive financial aid, including scholarships and grants. Our financial aid staff will work closely with you to reduce your out-of-pocket expense, making your investment in private education as affordable, if not more affordable, than a public institution.
A compassionate community
Spalding University is the first-certified compassionate university in the world (Compassionate Action Network). We have a long-standing history of serving our community. In fact, our founder Mother Catherine Spalding was a pioneer of education and service in the Louisville area. Become part of this community and become a part of a movement where our fellowship and commitment to living compassionately drives us.
A built-in network
We truly are invested in our community. In addition to our philanthropy, we’ve built relationships with countless businesses and organizations. As a student, you’ll benefit from these partnerships through real-world learning, taking what you learn in the classroom and applying it directly to your field.
A competitive education
Our NCAA Division III Golden Eagle teams allow over 200 scholar-athletes to play college sports. Athletes are known for their perseverance, dedication and team-building skills. Combine this with a Spalding education and you will be prepared for success after college.
If athletics isn’t your thing, we offer opportunities for involvement that will build your résumé to give you a competitive edge.
Your city, your campus
Louisville is an exciting place to live, learn, work and play. Our small, family-like community enjoys the amenities and beauty of living in a river city that is among the best places to live in the U.S. Our two residence halls make campus living convenient, safe and fun. With our downtown location, you can walk to popular restaurants, events, concerts and entertainment establishments.