The doors of Old West opened for the class of 2024 as Dickinson officially welcomed the first group of first-year students to campus for the spring 2021 semester.
Each year, Dickinson welcomes new students to campus with one of the college's most hallowed traditions. First-year students walk up the steps of Old West and pass through the doors of Memorial Hall to sign in to the college. At Commencement, the graduating class walks out the doors and down the steps, symbolically exiting the college and entering the world of alumni.
This year, due to the pandemic, Dickinson was not able to gather students for this ceremony in the fall, so the college moved it to the spring semester.
"As high school students going through a pandemic, we weren't given a graduation, we weren't allowed to see our friends at the end of the year," said Randa Serhan '24. "So arriving on campus was like a huge sigh of relief for everyone."
Published January 25, 2021