Class of 2025Published Aug 30, 2021
After a one-year, pandemic-necessitated hiatus, a familiar Orientation tradition returned to Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus last week—the annual class photo for first-year students. Nearly 1,400 new students congregated on Keyser Quad for the shot, snapped from the Gilman Hall clock tower. But rather than arranging themselves to spell out "JHU 25," as they might have in years past, participants stood spaced in rows that filled most of the quad. It was a clear reminder that while the university has significantly increased in-person activities in the weeks leading up to the fall semester, things are not quite back to normal and COVID-19 safety remains top of mind.