UChicago welcomes new students

Orientation Week introduces students to UChicago traditions, community of scholars

Members of the Class of 2022 moved into their residence halls on Saturday, kicking off Orientation Week and the start of their academic journey at UChicago.

O-Week includes eight days of events and programs that introduce students to campus, UChicago traditions and the community of scholars that make the University an intellectual destination for students from across the globe.

On Sunday, first-years bid farewell to their families before joining their peers in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel for Opening Convocation, the College’s formal welcome to the University. The event included remarks from President Robert J. Zimmer and Dean of the College John W. Boyer. A bagpipe procession then lead students to Hull Gate, where the UChicago community welcomed students in a lively celebration.

Graduate students gathered Tuesday for their own bagpipe-led procession and Convocation at Rockefeller Chapel, during which several featured speakers welcomed the students and set the stage for their time at the University.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Prof. Gabriel Richardson Lear presented the Aims of Education Address. A UChicago tradition since 1961, the event features a UChicago faculty member speaking to the entering class about the unique aims of liberal arts education at UChicago. Following the address at Rockefeller Chapel, which was webcast on Facebook Live, UChicago faculty members joined students back in their houses across campus for discussions.

As O-Week came to a close, students had the opportunity to socialize at a Reynolds Club party and attend a welcome celebration with faculty, staff and returning students at the Museum of Science and Industry.