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matriculationThe 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
- Dean Coffin offers his welcome to the incoming class and paints a portrait of the talented and varied group.

A Dynamic Duo
- Orientation wouldn't succeed without the help of two Tufts seniors who know what it takes to make it a great experience. Read about their work to plan this year's orientation events.

President Bacow's
Matriculation Address

- President Lawrence S. Bacow delivered his annual matriculation address on Wednesday to the newly arrived Class of 2009.

Matriculation Schedule - An overview of events, including move-in, panel discussions for parents and students, advising meetings and more.
>> Download a PDF of the entire Orientation Weekend Calendar

Photo credits:
Homepage photo by Brian Loeb (Class of 2006). Photos of Lee Coffin by Melody Ko, University Photographer. Photo of President Lawrence S. Bacow by Bethany Versoy. Photos of orientation coordinators and Ballou Hall by Brian Loeb (Class of 2006).