On Wednesday, students, family and friends attended the University of Chicago’s Opening Convocation, hosted for the first time on the Main Quadrangles. As the College’s formal welcome for first-year undergraduates, this year’s event celebrated the accomplishments and resilience of the Class of 2025 while offering a look forward to the years ahead.
In his first public address to the University community, President Paul Alivisatos fondly recalled his own arrival on campus and the years of education that followed.
“I can tell you that some of the most important parts of what the University offers are truly in the College,” said Alivisatos, who graduated in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. “My heart will always be with you, the students of the College, because that’s where I first experienced this amazing University, and it changed my life forever.”