Date September 6, 2023
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Photos: With both spirit and ceremony, Brown ushers in a new academic year

With a week of residence hall move-ins, orientation activities and the annual Opening Convocation celebration, the Brown campus is bustling as the Fall 2023 semester gets underway.

Members of Brown’s Class of 2027 celebrated their arrival to campus with events from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5. Video by Stephen Crocker/Brown University.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — From the symphony of suitcase wheels rolling along cobblestone, to scenes of excited introductions and bittersweet farewells during move-in, to the time-honored tradition of entering students processing through Van Wickle Gates, the start of Brown University’s Fall 2023 semester has been a momentous occasion for thousands of students and family members.

This year, College Hill welcomed 3,165 new undergraduate, graduate and medical students to the Brown campus. They were met with a convivial spirit that lasted throughout New Student Orientation, which
extended from Wednesday, Aug. 30 — when teams of students, staff and faculty were on hand to greet new arrivals — to Opening Convocation on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Festive and informative events included First Year Festival, a campus resource fair, a dance on the College Green, a late-night organ concert and even a boat tour of the Providence River. Brown’s newest residence halls welcomed its first undergraduate residents, and Professor Kim Cobb, director of the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, delivered an empowering message during Convocation on what students can do to fight climate change.

Below are scenes from the happenings taken by Communications Photographer Nick Dentamaro.