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.

Candlelighting Ceremony

Candlelighting Ceremony

Candlelighting Ceremony

Candlelighting Ceremony

President Bravman delivers the 2015-16 Convocation address

President Bravman delivers the 2015-16 Convocation address

Convocation

Convocation

Convocation - Provost Altmann greets the audience

Convocation - Provost Altmann greets the audience

Candlelighting Ceremony

Candlelighting Ceremony

Color Games

Color Games

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

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

Creating a home away from home

Creating a home away from home

Building new friendships at Playfair

Building new friendships at Playfair

Playfair 2015

Playfair 2015

Saying goodbye - for now

Saying goodbye - for now

Getting to know a key campus resource at Library Unbound

Getting to know a key campus resource at Library Unbound

Matriculation - Chaplain Colatch greets the Class of 2019

Matriculation - Chaplain Colatch greets the Class of 2019

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

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

Late night fun in the brand new Commons Building

Late night fun in the brand new Commons Building

Moving in

Moving in

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

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

First-generation students meet first-generation faculty and staff

First-generation students meet first-generation faculty and staff

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