Pipes ring in St. Andrews’ orientation

J.L. Pate

August 20, 2014

LAURINBURG — The skirling of bagpipes drifted from the pine woods and across the campus of St. Andrews University on a hot summer’s breeze Wednesday as the first influx of new students arrived for orientation weekend.

Foreign students and others enrolled in the university’s equestrian curriculum spent the afternoon finding their way around, meeting faculty and getting signed up for various programs, said Erin Baldus, an assistant director of admissions.

All other new students, including first-year entrants and those transferring from elsewhere, will begin arriving today for their orientation, which will last through the weekend. Classes start Tuesday.

The St. Andrews University Pipe Band, part of the university’s Scottish Heritage Center, could be heard across much of the campus as it rehearsed in the center’s parking lot. Director Bill Caudill, who had surgery Monday to repair three ruptured spinal discs, said he will participate in the convocation ceremony scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Harris Courts Physical Education Center.

The pipe band will lead a procession of new students across campus in an official welcome that is the ceremonial climax of orientation weekend. University students this year will come to Laurinburg from more than half of the 50 states and 30 foreign countries.