August 22, 2017, BY Matt Hughes

Aug. 21 marked the start of a brand-new academic year for the 3,686 students currently attending Bucknell University. On the heels of their official reception to the Bucknell community at the preceding evening's Convocation and Candlelighting ceremonies, the 985 who make up the Class of 2021 headed to the first class of their college lives — including 149 who comprise the inaugural class of Bucknell's College of Management. They were joined by 16 new faculty members who are teaching their first classes at Bucknell, as well as new College of Management Dean Raquel Alexander and Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Georgina Dodge, both of whom came to the University this summer. Share the excitement in the 360 video above and the photos that follow. 

Returning students head off to class outside the Elaine Langone Center. Photo by Emily Paine, Division of Communications
Students share a welcome-back embrace after a long summer. Photo by Emily Paine, Division of Communications
Students reconnect outside the Office of the Registrar in Marts Hall. Photo by Emily Paine, Division of Communications
Professor Chris Martine, biology, leads an outdoor class near Malesardi Quadrangle. Photo by Emily Paine, Division of Communications
Students and familes flocked to the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in preparation for the first day of classes. Photo by Emily Paine, Division of Communications
Lewisburg welcomed Bucknell students back to town by decking the main street in orange and blue balloons. Photo by Emily Paine, Division of Communications
The first day of classes coincided with the total solar eclipse. Photo by Emily Paine, Division of Communications
The Department of Physics & Astronomy hosted an eclipse viewing near Academic West. Photo by Emily Paine, Division of Communications
The eclipse approaches totality, as seen from campus. Photo by Emily Paine, Division of Communications
Students return to class after the eclipse. Photo by Tim Sofranko
The sun sets on the first day of classes at Bucknell. Photo by Tim Sofranko

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