The Grounds Are Alive, With the First Day of Classes

August 22, 2023 By Jane Kelly, Jane Kelly,

With more than 16,000 undergraduates, the University of Virginia was abuzz Tuesday for the first day of classes. Students, old and new, began hitting the walkways, some before 8 a.m., for the start of the academic year.

University Communications’ photographers and social media team members staked out the Lawn with a photo booth to capture some of the smiles. So, parents, here are those back-to-school pictures you couldn’t take yourselves this year. Enjoy!

Students posing
Second-year students West Plowman, Sophia Hanover and Sasha Arditi strike a pose.
students posing in booth
Fourth-year students, and twins, Rumesa and Dua Ali got in on the fun. Fun fact: There are 23 sets of twins in the Class of 2027.
student posing with sign
Drew Dillman is in “13th grade.” We love his back-to-school shirt!
students posing
UVA’s head Lawn resident, Cyrena Matingou, and Student Council President Tichara Robertson, both fourth-year students, pose for the camera.
Group of students use photobooth
Cavalier baseball players Bradley Hodges, Aidan Teel and Harrison Didawick show their school spirit. Wahoowa!
Student poses with sign
Fourth-year student Arjanjae Avula got in on the action, too.
Students posing with props
Abby Maute and Hannah Murray are second-year students.
student poses happily on first day of school
Second-year student Wyatt Packer smiles for the camera.

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Jane Kelly

University News Senior Associate Office of University Communications