PHOTOS: Welcome, Class of 2020!

From Move-in Day to Candlewish, Rollins360 presents some of the best Class of 2020 photos during the students’ first days at Rollins. (Photos by Scott Cook)

Rollins College’s Class of 2020 came together for the first time on The Green in front of Mills Memorial Hall.

On Wednesday, August, 17, first-year students spent most of the morning and afternoon moving their things into the campus residence halls.

They also had a chance to check in at the Campus Center and get their R-Cards, the official student IDs. 

Later in the afternoon, new students and families gathered on The Green for the President’s Picnic.

A student seized the opportunity to take a selfie with the College’s mascot, Tommy Tar.

President Grant Cornwell (left) spoke with new students at the picnic.

Families relaxed on the steps of Mills Memorial Hall after a long day of helping students move into the residence halls.

On Thursday morning, August 18, students met with their faculty advisors to set up academic strategies for the fall semester.

After advising appointments, they spent time at the #Find Your Anchor Fair on The Green, where they had the opportunity to learn about co-curricular groups and activities.

Later in the evening, new students were entertained by a hypnotist in Bush Auditorium, an event hosted by Rollins Entertainment Programs. Here, student volunteers participate on stage. 

On Saturday morning, August 20, first-year students participated in SPARC Day, a day of service learning activities at various campus-partner sites across Central Florida. Here, President Grant Cornwell takes a selfie with students at The Paragon School in Orlando, a school for students with autism. Rollins volunteers helped the school’s students with artwork to prepare for a civics competition.

On Sunday afternoon, August 21, all first-year students gathered in the Warren Arena of the Alfond Sports Center for Convocation, the official ceremony that begins a new academic year.

President Grant Cornwell addressed the audience and reminded them that a Rollins education is more than job training—it’s a liberal education that helps cultivate humanity and prepares students to lead meaningful lives with a global perspective.

Each first-year student received and signed an academic code of conduct.

On Sunday evening, first-year students gathered at Knowles Memorial Chapel for a favorite Rollins tradition for new students—Candlewish. A flame was shared, and then shared again, until the darkness was overtaken by light, symbolizing the College’s motto, Fiat Lux.