Baylor Line Camp, particularly the day spent at Baylor’s birthplace in Independence, Texas, provides incoming freshmen with an amazing introduction to Baylor University, revisiting the past to set their immediate future in context. Thus, it’s a fitting finish for seniors to close out their time at Baylor with a return trip to Independence, to look back on how it all began and begin to find their place in the Baylor family not as students, but as soon-to-be alumni.
The Baylor Network coordinated just such a trip for seniors last week, taking about 200 students to the site of Baylor’s original campus for a day of fun and reflection. (See a photo gallery from the day here.) After an afternoon of touring the area and hearing from speakers such as President Ken Starr, Lanella Gray (the unofficial mayor of Independence), VP for Student Life Kevin Jackson and longtime Baylor ambassador Tommye Lou Davis, seniors once again walked beneath the still-standing columns. Four years ago, they received their Baylor Line jerseys after that walk; this time, President Starr handed each student a remnant of the original Waco Hall stage — a piece of Baylor history to carry with them wherever their paths may lead.
One key message seniors took from the day: Whatever you call it — the Baylor Network, Baylor family, Baylor Nation — the camaraderie developed among Bears during their time on campus doesn’t end after walking across the Ferrell Center stage. As an alum myself, I can attest that the connection among Baylor alumni of all ages really is a strong one; that good old Baylor Line really does march forever down the years.
Sic ’em, seniors!
Previously on Baylor Proud:
* Line Camp introduces Class of 2012 to Baylor life
* Baylor Signature Series Coffees benefit original campus in Independence
* Kudos to all who make Line Camp possible
* Starrs get their Line jerseys with incoming freshmen at Line Camp in Independence
* Line Camp gets incoming freshmen ‘fired up to come to Baylor’