As events with 1,300-plus participants go, Wednesday afternoon's annual class picture for first-year students proved to be a model of efficiency.
In a matter of just a few minutes, a group of a couple dozen students swelled to a well-organized crowd of hundreds, all neatly arranged and ready for their big moment. When assembling a group this size, it seems it helps to have a megaphone.
"Forever!" the group's organizer shouted.
"A Blue Jay!" Johns Hopkins University's newest students responded. A short-lived smattering of raindrops certainly had not dampened their enthusiasm.
The orange tape that outlined the formation was soon whisked away and a final instruction given—"Hands by your side!" Most obliged, and then JHU23 turned its gaze slightly skyward, to the Gilman Hall clock tower.
"Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeese!" They held their smiles for a few extra beats, just to make sure the photographer got the shot. He did, and took a few more for good measure.
And then they were off, dispersing nearly as quickly as they had arrived, a final Orientation milestone behind them and their entire Hopkins careers ahead.
The annual class picture is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association