New student Preston Whitfield (red shirt) receives his new student pin from community consultant Mary Russell.

Columbia College held its annual new student “pinning” ceremony last week, a celebrated tradition on campus. At the beginning of the ceremony, the 177 new students sat with their parents. This was the second most students that have participated in the ceremony since it was initiated 19 years ago.

As their names were called, they stepped up onto the stage in Launer Auditorium, where they received a Columbia College pin. After leaving the stage, they sat in the center of the auditorium with their classmates, symbolizing the start of their college journey.

READ MORE: “Columbia College’s new students say farewell to parents, prepare for start of classes” – Columbia Daily Tribune

Also, as part of orientation for new students, Columbia College’s drama club acted out potential scenarios students might encounter. The Elysium Players staged skits on topics including alcohol consumption, not giving consent, bystander invention and sexual harassment. 

“Columbia College drama club hosts sexual assault forum” – KOMU-TV – WATCH

Check back to on Thursday, August 27 for a complete recap of “Welcome Back Week” activities including photos, video and more!