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    Members of The University of Scranton’s class of 2026 participating in the Royals of Color Kickoff (ROCK) tour downtown Scranton. The class of 2026 is the most diverse in the history of the University, with 285 incoming students identifying as a person of color.

    Class of 2026 Students ROCK

    Members of The University of Scranton’s class of 2026 participating in the Royals of Color Kickoff (ROCK) tour downtown Scranton. The class of 2026 is the most diverse in the history of the University, with 285 incoming students identifying as a person of color.
    August 30, 2022

    More than twenty members of The University of Scranton’s class of 2022 arrived on campus Aug. 25 to participate in the Royals of Color Kickoff (ROCK). Now in its second year, ROCK was developed based on feedback from students of color at Scranton. The program allows students meet each other, meet returning students who will serve as mentors, tour downtown Scranton and learn more about University resources prior to Fall Welcome programming that began on Aug. 27 when their classmates arrived on campus.

    The program included a meet and greet with Rev. Joseph Marina, S.J. president of The University of Scranton, a welcome from Michelle Maldonado, Ph.D., interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University, a tour of downtown Scranton and a returning student panel discussion, among other events.

    University students participating in the panel discussion were: Nickalia Beckford, a psychology major from Mount Vernon, New York; Zitha Igbokwe, an accounting major from Gauteng, South Africa; Serena Martin, a political science major from Bronx, New York; Ayana McCalla, a sociology major from North Baldwin, New York; Ashley Moronta, a forensic chemistry major from Hazleton; Anthony Torres, a biochemistry major in the premed program from New Milford; Michael Trought, a kinesiology major from New Rochelle, New York; and Luis Vasquez, a counseling and human services major from Hazleton.

    The University of Scranton welcomed one of its largest and the most diverse class in the history of the school the weekend of Aug. 27. Two-hundred and eighty-five members of its class of 2026 identified as a student of color, which represents nearly 27 percent of the incoming class of more than 1,060.

    Photos of students participating in ROCK and fall welcome activities, can be seen on the University’s Flickr page.

    Fall semester classes on campus began Monday, Aug. 29.

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