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Tufts Welcomes The Class of 2010

Tufts Welcomes The Class of 2010Incoming students and their families flooded Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus on Wednesday, marking the beginning of a new and “extraordinary” journey for the Class of 2010.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [08.31.06] Incoming freshmen and their families arrived on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus on Wednesday, hauling boxes and bins full of clothes, computers and other college necessities into the dorm rooms they’ll call home for the next nine months. As the 1,283 members of the Class of 2010 said goodbye to their parents and closed an important chapter in their lives, Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow reminded them that “another more interesting journey is about to begin.”


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“This is the day you have all been waiting for,” Bacow told the class during his matriculation address. “You are about to embark on a truly extraordinary journey that is certain to change you in profound ways.”

The newest members of the Tufts community represent 46 American states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and 35 nations, including Argentina, Finland, Jordan, South Korea and Tanzania. While they hail from diverse backgrounds, “Each chose Tufts for their undergraduate experience and many join their classmates on The Hill with great expectations for a dynamic undergraduate experience,” noted Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Lee Coffinin a letter welcoming the class.

To enhance that experience, Bacow urged the incoming class to embrace the diversity that Tufts has to offer.

“At Tufts, you will encounter classmates who are quite different from you,” he said. “Seek them out. We learn from our differences … This is an opportunity to grow and learn as a person, to discover much about who you are, and of course, to make wonderful new friends.”

It’s also an opportunity, Coffin wrote, “to use intellect to make a difference in the world” through active citizenship and public service. His letter cited examples of incoming students who arrived on campus with clear goals in mind.

An incoming student from Virginia who had seen the aftermath of a hurricane in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula told the Admissions Committee, “I want to be an engineer who solves difficult problems and develops practical solutions to make life better for people in difficult situations.” “Similarly, a student from Bridgeport, Connecticut—the grandson of the founder of Neo-Confucianism in Korea—plans to become a gerontologist and open a health care facility in his rural Korean village,” wrote Coffin.

Bacow joined Coffin in encouraging the students to take an active role in society.

“Those of you who are fortunate enough to study at Tufts have an obligation to use your education for the benefit of others,” he said. “We believe that each of you must become an active citizen of this community and every community that you will inhabit in the future.”

Noting that the Tufts community will help students “continue to grow and learn,” Bacow told the Class of 2010, “your time has come.”

“May the next four years bring you challenge, growth, excitement, passion, opportunity and fulfillment,” Bacow said. “We look forward to sharing this extraordinary journey with you.”

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