Photos: Students Begin Their UVA Experience With a Warm ‘Wahoo Welcome’

Photos: Students Begin Their UVA Experience With a Warm ‘Wahoo Welcome’


Once the members of the University of Virginia’s Class of 2025 settled into their new dorm rooms Wednesday and Thursday, they had an array of activities to choose from to help them meet their new classmates and get acclimated to life on Grounds.

“Wahoo Welcome,” a weeks-long orientation program organized by the University and the student-run University Programs Council, kicked off with an address by UVA President Jim Ryan to new students and their families on Wednesday in Old Cabell Hall.

“As president of UVA, when I see your children, our students, I can’t help but see my own kids,” Ryan said. “And I want nothing less for them than I want for my own children.” [Read Ryan’s entire speech here.]

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UVA President Jim Ryan spoke to members of the Class of 2025 and their families on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. (Photo by Kristen Finn)

The orientation program also offered first-year students a chance to meet new dormmates at neighborhood parties held Saturday afternoon at Observatory Hill Field, McCormick Quad and Gooch-Dillard dorms; to dance to rapper Jack Harlow, who performed at McIntire Amphitheater Saturday night; and to run with Ryan on Sunday morning.

Take a look at some of the festivities for the Class of 2025 below.

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Rapper Jack Harlow performed in McIntire Amphitheater Saturday night.

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