On Sunday, Aug. 23, the Bucknell community celebrated Convocation and Candlelighting, two University traditions that mark the official beginning of the academic year. At Convocation, President Bravman dared students to confront their intellectual limits and invest in their own education. After the ceremony, the campus community gathered on the Malesardi Quad and and held candles in a circle of light representing the light of knowledge.

The events capped off New Student Orientation activities welcoming the Class of 2019. Below, get a sneak peek of Orientation, Convocation and Candlelighting photos. See our Facebook galleries for more images, and check the Class of 2019 page for more photos and video coverage.

Convocation

President Bravman delivers the 2015-16 Convocation address

Convocation - Provost Altmann greets the audience

Candlelighting Ceremony

Candlelighting Ceremony

Candlelighting Ceremony

Matriculation - Chaplain Colatch greets the Class of 2019

Matriculation - Processing through the Christy Mathewson gates, symbolizing the class's entrance to the Bucknell community

Dean of Students Amy Badal greeting the newest Bucknellians at Welcome Dinner

Chips off the Ol' Block reception for alumni families and their incoming students

Late night fun in the brand new Commons Building

First-generation students meet first-generation faculty and staff

Moving in

Creating a home away from home

Building new friendships at Playfair

Saying goodbye - for now

Playfair 2015

Getting to know a key campus resource at Library Unbound

Color Games

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