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Welcoming the Class of 2021

First-year students light up the night. Photo/Mike Lovett

By Julian Cardillo ’14

The 866 members of the Class of 2021 made themselves at home at Brandeis on Sunday as they participated in Move-in Day and the start of New Undergraduate Student Orientation.

With the sun shining and the campus buzzing, first years and transfer students -- who come from 41 states and 21 countries around the globe -- settled into their residence halls and kicked off their Brandeis careers in perfect weather.

-- View a slideshow of photos from Move-In Day and Orientation.
-- Watch the "This is Our House" video. 

-- Read the welcome remarks from President Ron Liebowitz.

Orientation Leaders (OLs), clad in matching bright blue t-shirts, spread energy and good cheer by enthusiastically welcoming their new classmates. Together with staff and community advisors, the OLs gave directions, offered insight, and helped carry an endless parade of lamps, luggage, electronics and room décor out of cars, up stairs and into rooms in the Massell and North residence quads.

“My room looks great and I’m so excited to be here,” said Emma Wolters ’21 from Boulder, Colorado. “The OLs were really helpful, they just grabbed all my bags and took them into my room. They were so quick and took care of so much for us. It’s just really nice to be here finally and meet everyone.”

Brandeis President Ron Liebowitz formally welcomed the Class of 2021 and their families at the Brandeis Beginnings convocation. In his remarks, Liebowitz offered students some advice: that they learn about and live out the university’s history and reason for its founding; that they strive for openness and free debate; and that they pursue tikkun olam – using one’s gifts to make the world a better place.

“After just a short time on this campus, one cannot help but feel a deep commitment to justice, something that our namesake Louis Brandeis believed in strongly and wrote about extensively a century ago. Many universities have recently come to promote social justice as an important part of their institution’s culture, yet, it was an important part of Brandeis from its beginning,” Liebowitz said.

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Categories: Campus News, Students
Date: August 30, 2017