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"Time Has Come" For Class of 2009

"Time Has Come" For Class of 2009On Wednesday, Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus was blanketed by luggage, balloons, proud parents and excited students, as the University welcomed the 1,367 members of Class of 2009.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [09.01.05] On a day that mixed excited hellos and tearful goodbyes, the members of the Class of 2009 descended on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus to begin their college careers. After lugging boxes into dorm rooms and lunching on the President’s lawn, incoming freshmen and their families received a warm welcome on Wednesday afternoon from President Lawrence S. Bacow, who challenged Tufts’ newest students to make the most of their time on the Hill.

“Your time has come,” Bacow announced to the newest 1,367 members of the Tufts community. “May the next four years be filled with challenge, growth, opportunity and fulfillment.”

According to Lee Coffin, dean of undergraduate admissions and enrollment, the 684 men and 683 women who arrived on Wednesday are “an eclectic mix of the world’s people, culture and viewpoints.”

These new Tufts students with impressive academic records hail from 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 45 nations, including Thailand, Nepal, the Czech Republic and Peru.

The diverse nature of the Class of 2009 reflects a core University value.

“We continue to embrace diversity in every possible dimension,” Bacow said during Wednesday’s matriculation ceremonies. “Like Tufts’ founders, we still believe that education and the generation of new knowledge are fundamental to a free and just society. And we believe that with education comes responsibility – responsibility to make the world a better place.”

This task should come easily to much of the incoming freshman class as many of its members already have a proven track record of helping others.

“True to Tufts’ ideal of active citizenship, many demonstrate a clear commitment to public service and leadership,” Coffin wrote in a letter welcoming the Class of 2009. “Their work takes many forms and has many outlets: organizations as diverse as a cultural immersion program for Vietnamese immigrants in western Massachusetts, the National Federation of Temple Youth, the Free Burma Coalition and a daycare center for deaf toddlers fill extracurricular resumes.”

Bacow hopes these young adults will continue to reach out to others during their time at Tufts and beyond.

“We expect each of you to get involved, to work for the benefit of others – not just here and not just now, but throughout your lives.”

While Bacow said no one knows exactly what the future holds – in terms of scientific and technological advancement and social and economic change - he is confident that these future Tufts graduates “have the capacity to help shape and define this future.”

“Like those who have preceded you on this Hill, you will go forward with your Tufts education to make a difference,” Bacow said.












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