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Lighting the Way

Class of 2027 hold candles during first collection

When it comes to Swarthmore traditions, nothing can quite hold a candle to the magic of First Collection. During the event, members of the incoming class come together in the Scott Outdoor Amphitheater and participate in the candle-lighting and hand-shaking rituals. First Collection is a rite of passage and the official beginning of the students' time at the College. Below are images from the Class of 2027's First Collection held on September 2.

Students holding candles recite alma mater during First Collection
Student smile and pose with candles during First Collection
Students hold candles in amphitheater during First Collection
Student holds candle in amphitheater during First Collection
Person holds candle and poses for picture while another student uses phone

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