UChicago community welcomes Class of 2018

Orientation Week introduces incoming undergraduate, graduate students to College traditions

  • Students take some final pictures with family members Sept. 22 before crossing through Hull Gate and officially entering the UChicago community.

  • Graduate students march in a bagpipe-led procession as part of their orientation on Sept. 23.

  • First-years take a tour of the South Side Community Art Center with historian and educator Timuel Black, AM’54, on Sept. 25. The tour was part of the University’s Civic Knowledge Project Experience.

  • The UChicago community welcomes first-year students to campus.

  • President Emeritus Hugo Sonnenschein delivers the annual Aims of Education address to first-year students on Sept. 23 in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

  • First-year students bid farewell to their families near Hull Gate.

  • Bagpipers and the school banners lead a procession of first-year students and their families past Saieh Hall for Economics and toward Hull Gate.

  • The UChicago community welcomes first-year students to campus.

  • John W. Boyer, dean of the College, addresses the Class of 2018 during Opening Convocation on Sept. 23 at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

  • First-year students gather behind Ratner Athletics Center for the Class of 2018’s official picture.

  • First year students hit the slip-and-slide near the end of the Quest outside Ratner Athletics Center Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, on the University of Chicago campus. This is the third year of the Quest and is a competition between undergraduate houses.

  • Graduation students gather for lunch on the UChicago campus during their orientation on Sept. 23.

  • First-year students listen as President Emeritus Hugo Sonnenschein takes part in a Sept. 23 colloquia at Hitchcock Hall.

  • First-year students, with help from their families, friends, and staff get ready to move into Max Palevsky Residential Commons on move-in-day Sept. 21.

  • Families and staff help first-year students move into Burton-Judson Residence Hall.

  • First-years take part in the Zumba portion of the Quest, a competition between undergraduate houses, Sept. 26 inside the Ratner Athletics Center.

  • Caleb Nerstad, resident head, and his daughter Ava cheer on first-year students of Hoover House during the Quest.

  • First-year students move into Chamberlin house in the South Campus Residence Hall.

  • First-year students, with help from family, move into the South Campus Residence Hall.

  • First-year students continue their orientation during check-in at the Reynolds Club.


By Mary Abowd
Cover photo by Joel Wintermantle

The Class of 2018 landed on the UChicago campus Sunday to kick off Orientation Week—eight activity-packed days spent acclimating to new lives as University students. Day one began with students shuttling belongings into residence halls, greeting roommates, and dining with members of their College Houses for the first time.

Maroon Monday follows, with Opening Convocation in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, featuring welcoming remarks from President Robert J. Zimmer and John W. Boyer, dean of the College. The wail of bagpipes signals the annual procession of families from Rockefeller to Hull Gate—a march leading to a poignant and often tearful parting of ways as parents depart and students continue on with their new classmates.

Graduate students file into Rockefeller Chapel for their Welcome Convocation on Tuesday, while undergraduates gear up for their first academic experience at the University, the 52nd annual Aims of Education Address. This year’s speaker is economist and President Emeritus Hugo Sonnenschein. Faculty-led discussions immediately following the address take place in College Houses across campus.

After registering for classes mid-week, students are ready to explore their surroundings. Some will venture to nearby Bronzeville, the historic “Black Metropolis,” to visit African American cultural institutions and talk with celebrated oral historian Timuel D. Black. Others will engage in hands-on volunteer work with community organizations across the South Side, organized by the University Community Service Center. Shuttles are set to usher students downtown Friday for sightseeing in a world-class city, culminating with a reception atop the iconic John Hancock Building on Michigan Avenue.

Revisit this space as O-Week unfolds and new photos and stories are posted about the incoming Class of 2018. Please visit the UChicago Facebook page to get acquainted with this year’s incoming undergraduate class, as well as graduate students across their many disciplines. You can follow student activities on UChicago’s Twitter feed and share your own photos using hashtag #UChicago2018.

Originally published on September 22, 2014.