First-Year Experience

Past Common Reading Books

The 2017 Common Reading Experience selection is  Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capo`Crucet.

Past common readings include:

  • High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society by Dr. Carl Hart (2016)
  • How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon (2015)
  • Here, Bullet by Brian Turner (2014)
  • The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities by Will Allen (2013)
  • A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri (2012)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2011)
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan (2010)
  • Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama (2009)
  • Thank You for Smoking by Christopher Buckley (2008)
  • Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival by Jen Marlowe, Aisha Bain, and Adam Shapiro (2007)
  • Confluence: A River, The Environment, Politics & The Fate of All Humanity by Nathaniel Tripp (2006)
  • West of Kabul, East of New York by Tamim Ansary (2005)
  • Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James Houston (2004)
  • The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman (2003)
  • Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich (2002)
  • An American Story by Debra Dickerson (2001)
  • A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind (1999 & 2000)
  • The Other Side of the River by Alex Kotlowitz (1998)
  • Life on the Color Line by Gregory Williams (1997)
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (1996)
  • Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol (1995)
  • Black Ice by Lorene Cary (1994)
  • A Typical American by Gish Jen (1993)
  • Linden Hills by Gloria R. Naylor (1992)
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1991)

Matriculation Ceremony

Matriculation takes place during Fall Orientation each August at Albion College.

A time-honored Albion College tradition

Matriculation marks the moment when all new students (both first-years and transfers) officially become a part of the Albion College family by recording their names in the College history.

Faculty are robed in their traditional academic regalia for the event, held on the Friday of Fall Orientation each August. New students are formally welcomed to the Albion community of scholars by the College's president, faculty, and upperclass students, and they hear the College hymn, "Albion, Dear Albion," possibly for the first time.

Parents and family members are invited and encouraged to attend the ceremony, which follows a pre-matriculation reception that offers opportunities to create their own Briton connections.

2017 Matriculation - Friday, August 18

President's Open House

(for students and family members)
Location: 501 E. Michigan Ave.

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Pre-Matriculation Reception

(for parents/family members)
Location: Tent, Campus Quadrangle

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Matriculation Ceremony

Location: Goodrich Chapel

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Family Farewells and Departure for Home

Location: Campus Quadrangle

5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

First-Year Experience Staff

Drew Dunham
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Registrar

Connie Smith
Assistant Dean of Students

SOAR Registration Form

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