On the last day of undergraduate student Orientation at Johns Hopkins University, all 1,310 new Blue Jays assembled side by side on Keyser Quad as a director in the Gilman Hall clock tower shouted commands from a loudspeaker.
"Lower part of the nine, can you step a little bit forward?" he asked.
The group inched forward, bound by neon pink tape that outlined the formation.
After a few adjustments and some last-minute additions, the first-year students created a perfect, life-size "JHU 19" for their official class photo, a Johns Hopkins tradition.
"GO HOP!" the students cheered in unison as the camera snapped the photo. When it came time to take a silly shot, hats were raised and thrown. Students piled on one another.
"There were so many familiar faces already," said Grace Gannon, a first-year student from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. "I got to wave to everyone and say hi. I like that we have a smaller community."