This week, the University of Chicago community welcomed new students to campus through a variety of Orientation Week activities aimed at introducing them to their peers, their new academic home and the city of Chicago.
A day after College students in the Class of 2026 moved into their residence halls on Sept. 20, they took part in Opening Convocation—a tradition that celebrates the beginning of students’ intellectual journeys.
President Paul Alivisatos welcomed students into UChicago’s community of scholars and celebrated their diversity of perspectives.
“You will learn, as I did, that this University really fosters a very distinctive culture,” said Alivisatos, who graduated from the College in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. “It is one defined by a true love of ideas, of fascination with understanding things in the deepest way possible ... We are a community of individuals, who really do question what others merely accept, who care about the power of ideas, who actively seek new discoveries that will change the way we think of things in the world around us, and that will also benefit humanity in the broadest way.”