The sound of luggage being rolled uphill and the buzz of parents and students descending onto the Medford/Somerville campus mark the arrival of the Class of 2009. More than 1,300 men and women are setting foot on the Hill, hailing from Massachusetts and Myanmar, California and the Czech Republic, and many more locales both domestic and international.
As students and parents alike wrestle with boxes and dorm rooms and dive into orientation activities, they may not realize that their packed schedule of events has been carefully orchestrated all summer long by a group of administrators and, most notably, students who have reserved all the rooms and blown all the balloons to make orientation the unique, exciting experience that it is.
Orientation - highlighted by President Lawrence S. Bacow's matriculation remarks to the class and the traditional dinner and candlelighting ceremony - celebrates the beginning of the Tufts undergraduate experience, a time when students will forge lifelong friendships and take those cautious first steps towards an undefined yet promising future. While it can be a whirlwind affair, it is one to be remembered.
Full coverage of Matriculation 2005:
Multimedia Overview of Orientation (Requires Flash) - Missed something in the blur of orientation events? We’ll offer you an opportunity to relive the arrival of the Class of 2009 in our audio slideshow.
Welcome Letter from Lee Coffin, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
A Dynamic Duo
Matriculation Schedule - An overview of events, including move-in, panel discussions for parents and students, advising meetings and more.