Photos by Jean Lachat and Joel Wintermantle

Revisit this space as O-Week unfolds for photos and stories about this year's incoming undergraduate and graduate students.

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Orientation Week highlights

The Class of 2021 kicked off O-Week with a busy Saturday of moving into their new rooms, saying hi to new roommates, and spending time with members of their residence halls.

On Sunday, first-year students gathered at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel for Opening Convocation. This College tradition included an address from Dean of the College John W. Boyer and the presentation of incoming students by Vice President for Enrollment and Student Advancement Jim Nondorf to President Robert J. Zimmer.

A procession accompanied by bagpipes led everyone to Hull Gate, where the UChicago community welcomed first-year students before they took the Class of 2021 photo.

First-year students process from Rockefeller Memorial Chapel through Hull Gate. Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npWFS-1Owak (Video by UChicago Creative)

On Tuesday, graduate students hadtheir own Convocation and procession from Rockefeller Chapel. The event kicked off a day full of grad-specific activities, including lunch on the Midway Plaisance, an information fair in Ida Noyes Hall, and graduate student social events. 

On Tuesday night at Rockefeller Chapel, Robert Rosner, the William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Physics, delivered the annual Aims of Education address. Rosner discussed UChicago's upcoming commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the first nuclear chain reaction and its complex legacy.

Originally published on September 16, 2017.