Future attorneys, business leaders and educators get oriented

Willamette’s three professional graduate schools welcomed their incoming classes last week. More than 300 bright, enthusiastic students attended a myriad of presentations, workshops, panels, ice-breakers, mini-classes and team-building events, as they got acquainted with fellow classmates and readied themselves for the rigorous, rewarding journey ahead.

The graduate school deans and President Thorsett greeted the new classes and shared words of congratulations and inspiration with the students (image gallery).

About the incoming classes

  • The College of Law has a diverse class of 150 first-year law students, speaking 20 different languages and representing 89 different undergraduate institutions both in the U.S. and abroad. And, more than half the class comes from outside of Oregon.
  • The Atkinson Graduate School of Management has 99 new MBA students in its Early Career MBA and MBA for Career Change programs, plus seven exchange students. The students come from 18 states and 13 countries. The MBA for Professionals programs in Portland and Salem also have strong classes, which start in September.
  • The Graduate School of Education has 66 new Master of Arts in Teaching students — 51 in the full-time program and 15 in the part-time program. The school also welcomes 10 new students in its Master of Education program.