Watch: First Gathering and New Student Orientation 2018

The journey is underway for the Class of 2022, which arrived to a sweltering campus last week and participated in several Swarthmore traditions, including the First Community Gathering and First Collection. During that initial 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 2022 and reflected on the importance of the arts and the joy of shared creation. On Saturday night, new students enjoyed First Collection, a long-standing tradition held in the Scott Amphitheater that marks the official beginning of every student's experience. At that event, students share insights, pass the light of their candle to one another, and sing the alma mater.