Listen: First Collection and New Student Orientation 2017

The journey is underway for the Class of 2021, which arrived on campus last week and participated in several Swarthmore traditions, including the First Community Gathering and First Collection. During that first week on campus, the new class also took time to unwind with games on Parrish Beach, explored numerous academic paths at the annual academic advising fair, and received free plants from the Scott Arboretum.

On the first day of orientation, community leaders, including President Valerie Smith, welcomed the Class of 2021 and reflected on how engaging in community transforms and deepens one's sense of self. Last night, new students enjoyed First Collection, a long-standing tradition held in the Scott Outdoor Amphitheater that marks the official beginning of every student's experience. At that event, students share insights, pass the light of their candle to each other, and sing the alma mater.