Montreat College is beginning the fall semester of its 98th year in higher education. On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, the School of Arts and Sciences began the first day of classes with 153 new students and 252 returning students enrolled in the traditional program on Montreat’s main campus.

New student Christian Smith shared, “It is such a blessing to have finally joined the Montreat community. The students, faculty and staff form such a tight-knit community on campus, and in less than a week, I’ve been welcomed into it with open arms.” 

Emily Matheny, a new student and outdoor ministry major, added, “Ever since my first campus visit, I felt God’s presence on this campus. It has been a surprising blessing to instantly feel like I’m surrounded by family.” 

Sophomore Joseph Madsen said, “I’m so excited to be back on campus. I missed having friends close by all the time, so it will be great to have a constant community again.” Joseph, a music business student, states, “I’m especially looking forward to taking more classes having to do with the music business major this year.”

On Wednesday, the college community gathered in Anderson Auditorium for the Opening Convocation ceremony to officially launch the fall semester. President Joe Kirkland delivered the convocation address, “Measuring Up,” and English Professor Dr. Don King was recognized for 40 years of service at Montreat College.