Thousands of new Class of 2022 undergraduates, graduate students and medical students are about to begin their Brown University academic careers — and the campus is bustling with anticipation and activity.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The new-school-year buzz begins at Brown well before the first classes begin. Beginning on Saturday, Sept. 1, first-year undergraduates will say farewell to family members and move into residence halls before heading to Orientation and taking part in the time-honored tradition of processing through the Van Wickle Gates during next week's Convocation ceremony.

Returning students will reunite with friends who have spent the summer pursuing transformative experiences in Brown’s backyard and around the world. Many will also guide new students as Orientation facilitators, Meiklejohn peer advisors and resident counselors.

On Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 4 p.m., Brown President Christina Paxson will welcome all first-year Brown students at the University’s 255th Opening Convocation ceremony and then introduce this year’s keynote speaker: Richard M. Locke, provost and professor of political science and international and public affairs. The ceremony will be live-streamed via the web. Join the conversation and share your photos, videos and messages with #Brown2022 and #BrownWelcome.