Momentous Moment for Student’s Final First Day of Classes at UVA

August 25, 2023
Ismael Danforth holding up number one ticket

Fourth-year student Ismael Danforth started his day bright and early, nabbing the No. 1 ticket at Bodo’s Bagels on the first day of classes. For Danforth, it was also his last first day. (Contributed photo)

There is a list. It grows by one each year.

There were 122 items on the pre-graduation bucket list for members of the University of Virginia’s Class of 2022. There were 123 items for the Class of 2023.

The list for the Class of 2024 has, you guessed it, 124 items.

Student leaders began distributing them outside Lawn rooms earlier this week. The goal for each member of the class is to check off all the items before they walk the Lawn for graduation.

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One of the most coveted achievements on the list is to get the very first receipt of the day at Bodo’s Bagels. Fourth-year student Ismael Danforth took that challenge to the next level.

He got up bright and early Tuesday morning to get the first Bodo’s receipt. It was the first day of classes, but for Danforth, it was also his last first day as an undergraduate student at UVA.

“I got there with a friend around 6:15 a.m. and we waited in line until opening, around 6:30-6:45,” the kinesiology major said. “A few more students came with the same idea, but I unfortunately had beaten them to it.”

For the record, Danforth ordered sausage, bacon, egg and cheese, with avocado, on a plain bagel.

“I got the first ticket for my last first day of classes!” he said. “I hadn’t gotten [it] yet and figured there was no better day to try and get it.”

Danforth said he and his friend wanted to share the moment, but she had to leave. “I saved her a bagel and claimed it as a shared effort,” he said.

Other goals for Danforth and the rest of the Class of 2024 include hugging a UVA mom on South Lawn, getting on Hoovision at a UVA basketball game and accepting President Jim Ryan’s invitation to study or hang out at the presidential residence, Carr’s Hill.

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