UChicago community welcomes Class of 2018
Orientation Week introduces incoming undergraduate, graduate students to College traditions
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 #.
Originally published on September 22, 2014.