With the Georgian columns of Gilman Hall aglow, members of the Johns Hopkins Class of 2022 filed onto Keyser Quad on Saturday night to take part in First Night, a traditional "passing of the torch" ceremony during which upperclassmen formally welcome the new class into the Hopkins student body. The event first took place in 2009.
New students were treated to fresh-baked Insomnia Cookies, a Hopkins favorite, as well as kettle corn and homemade lemonade. At activity stations scattered across the quad they could make their own Blue Jay buttons or color their own stickers. They lined up for temporary airbrush tattoos and smiled for the camera in an outdoor photo booth.
First Night was preceded by an Orientation Kick-Off pep rally that took place on Homewood Field and featured talks by Alanna Shanahan, director of athletics and recreation, as well as student-athletes.