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First-year students at Carnegie Mellon University cheer during Playfair, an Orientation icebreaking activity.

Class of 2027+ Pursues Happiness at Orientation

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Peter Kerwin
University Communications & Marketing

Carnegie Mellon University invited the 1,722 members of the Class of 2027+ to pursue their happiness through Orientation 2023, a series of programs and activities welcoming the new Tartans to the CMU community. 

This year, over 250 Orientation events were held through the assistance of hundreds of students, volunteers, faculty and staff. Seven head orientation counselors, leading another 160 Orientation leaders and counselors, welcomed the incoming first-year students to CMU and provided them the tools with which to thrive at Carnegie Mellon.

Joining President Farnam Jahanian and other senior leaders to welcome our new Tartans, Provost and Chief Academic Officer James H. Garrett Jr. reflected, "Each year, I get excited for Orientation week because you can feel the energy of a new academic year beginning."

Move In

CMU students celebrate Move In day

Carnegie Mellon University students cheer on arriving first-year students during Move-in day behind Morewood Gardens.

President's Welcome

President Jahanian with orientation counselors

President Farnam Jahanian praised the incoming students for being among the brightest and most exceptionally gifted stars of their generation and celebrated their achievements that led to this moment.

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Community Collage

A performance during Community Collage.

Community Collage gives students a chance to show off their diverse talents and inspire the new class, like this performance by CMU Raasta(opens in new window)

Class Photo

The Class of 2027+ class photo

The Class of 2027+ comes together to create Scotty, the CMU mascot. 


Students celebrate during Playfair.

First-year students and Orientation counselors participate in Playfair on the Cut.

Playfair activities.

Playfair's icebreaker games introduce members of the Class of 2027+ to their peers.

Students take a selfie with Gina Casalegno.

Gina Casalegno, vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students, poses for a photo with students.


Farnam Jahanian at Convocation 2023.

Farnam Jahanian, president of Carnegie Mellon University, delivers his Convocation address.

Matthew Johnson-Roberson

The Convocation keynote address was delivered by Matthew Johnson-Roberson, director of CMU’s Robotics Institute.

The Class of 2027+ class tile is presented.

From left: First-year students Duncan Winters, of the College of Engineering, and Isabella Garcia, of the Tepper School of Business, are presented the class tile by Shawn Noronha, a senior head orientation counselor studying chemical engineering and biomedical engineering, and Lauren Moran, associate dean for Student Affairs and director of First-Year Orientation and Family Engagement.

Carnegie Cup

A Carnegie Cup participant

A Carnegie Cup participant

A Carnegie Cup participant

A Carnegie Cup participant

The Carnegie Cup

The Carnegie Cup brought first-year students together with playful chants, colorful attire, electric energy and competitive games on the cut in hopes of winning the Carnegie Cup Trophy. 

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