Move-In Day 2016: Welcome, Class of 2020

Up College Hill and through the gates of campus, cars filled with books, bins and eager first-year students arrived at Holy Cross on a sunny Aug. 27, 2016.

Even before their cars were parked, the 768 members of the Class of 2020 and their families were met by more than 350 volunteers—made up of student leaders, athletics teams, alumni and staff—all excited to welcome them to the Holy Cross community.

The cheering, gray T-shirt clad volunteers helped move the students into their new residence halls, where they began to settle in, get to know their roommates and meet other members of their class.

In addition to unpacking, students took care of business needs, such as completing a first-year student survey and receiving their Holy Cross IDs. Receptions for new students and their families took place in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom.

In the afternoon, the commotion of Move-In Day was replaced with reflection during the traditional Mass of the Holy Spirit on Fitton Field. Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of Holy Cross, formally welcomed new students, and their families, of all faith traditions to the College and to the new school year. The Mass concluded with the blessings of the new students by parents and faculty, a Holy Cross tradition.  ■

—Evangelia Stefanakos ’14