All together now: Johns Hopkins Class of 2019 poses for official class photo
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."