The arrival of first-year students yesterday signaled the start of a new year. Residential students checked in and, with keycards in hand, headed to their new living spaces with families and friends in tow. A quick tour of the residence halls revealed an overabundance of “stuff” spilling out of the rooms and into the hallways. Roommates greeted each other, some for the first time, and family members pitched in to help students get settled. Many had their TVs and computers set up and their posters hung long before the first suitcase or box was emptied.
The afternoon was packed with events: The opening session, orientation group meetings, a student life overview, academic advising meetings, a picnic dinner and the traditional class photo on the Chapel steps. In the evening there were residence hall and commuter student meetings, fun orientation activities and an ice cream extravaganza.
Students will spend today and the weekend getting to know Frederick, the campus and each other. Returning residential students will arrive Saturday and Sunday, and then the entire campus community will gather Monday in the Hodson Outdoor Theater for Convocation, the ceremony that officially opens the academic year.
Check out photos of move-in and the day’s other activities on SmugMug.