Carnegie Mellon University
August 22, 2021

CMU President Welcomes Class of 2025+

By Jean Hayes

Shilpa Bakre
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Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian welcomed the class of 2025+ and their families in a livestreamed broadcast event on Aug. 22, 2021.

"To the Class of 2025+, on behalf of the entire university, I am delighted to welcome you to Carnegie Mellon and the CMU community. You are among the brightest, exceptionally gifted and wonderfully independent stars of your generation. Congratulations on the achievements that have led you to this moment," he said.

Out of 1,911 students, this year's incoming class includes students from 45 states and 36 nations across the globe. Eleven percent are first-generation college students.

"You are joining an exceptionally multicultural and multinational community — a true reflection of our interconnected world," Jahanian said.

Joining Jahanian was Provost Jim Garrett; Gina Casalegno, vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students; and Jesse Wallace, a fourth-year student majoring in mechanical engineering with minors in robotics and media design and one of seven head orientation counselors.

"To our new students, let me be among the first to formally welcome you to your new school, your new campus and what will become your new home," Wallace said. "You are the captain of your CMU experience, and you'll find that the most valuable treasures along the way are the relationships, connections and knowledge that will set you up for success here — and beyond."

Jahanian shared some words of wisdom as he concluded his remarks, "Venture widely, focus on the present and take time to reflect and take care of yourselves and each other.

"There's never been a more exhilarating time to be a student. In this era of unrelenting change, the potential for a profound impact is truly extraordinary," Jahanian continued. "While I can't predict the future, I can say with confidence that this outstanding class will play an important role in shaping all that comes next. I cannot wait to see what you achieve."

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