Carnegie Mellon University
August 18, 2011

Photo Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Welcomes First-Year Students to Campus Aug. 21


Contact: Abby Simmons / 412-268-4290 /

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University will welcome approximately 1,440 first-year students to its Pittsburgh campus for move-in day on Sunday, Aug. 21. This year's orientation will introduce incoming students to Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh and each other through a weeklong series of events on and off campus. Some highlights of the week include:
Move-in Day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21, Campus Housing and Oakland Apartments
First-year students will unload their cars and move into campus housing with the help of families, friends and Carnegie Mellon staff and students. (Margaret Morrison Street and Tech Street will be closed to accommodate students.) In previous years, a majority of students arrived between 9 and 11:30 a.m.

Playfair, 8:30-10 p.m., Monday, Aug. 22, The Cut (outdoors, next to the University Center)
Billed as "the largest icebreaker ever," Playfair marks the first time the Class of 2015 will assemble as a group. Students and staff will gather on the Cut for games, activities and mingling. (Rain location: Wiegand Gymnasium, University Center)

Convocation, 5-6:10 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25, Baker Hall Lawn Tent
Faculty, staff and students will gather together to celebrate the arrival of the Class of 2015. Alumnus Jeffrey Zaslow, senior writer and columnist for The Wall Street Journal and co-author of "The Last Lecture" with Randy Pausch, will be the keynote speaker. Students read the book before arriving on campus. During orientation, faculty and staff will engage with students in small group conversations about college, life and what it means to "really achieve your childhood dreams."
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