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Twilight Induction Ceremony
Twilight Induction Ceremony.

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Photo by Evan Krape and courtesy of Saray Lopez

UD Junior Saray Lopez to address class of 2023 at Twilight Induction

University of Delaware students will be welcomed back to campus Aug. 24-26 for 1743 Welcome Days, which references the historical roots of the University. UD’s opening weekend celebration includes performances, activities and receptions designed to help new students start their UD experiences off right. 1743 Welcome Days begin with new student move-in on Saturday, Aug. 24 and culminates on Monday with the annual Twilight Induction Ceremony, where students will be formally welcomed to the community by senior administrators and student leaders.

Saray Lopez, 2019 Twilight Induction speaker
Saray Lopez, 2019 Twilight Induction speaker

Junior Saray Lopez, a first-generation student from southern Delaware, will address the class of 2023 during their Twilight Induction as the featured student speaker. “I’m looking forward to welcoming new students and helping them think about how to make a big campus feel small,” she said. 

Lopez fondly remembered the student speaker at her own Twilight Induction, Varsha Kripalu, and her memorable words of welcome. It made her first trek away from home less daunting. Lopez now serves on the executive board for HOLA and works with the Undergraduate Research Program, in addition to welcoming prospective students as a Blue Hen Ambassador.

All UD faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the Twilight Induction Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 26, where they can pick up a candle and line the edges of the Green to take part in students’ official welcome to the Blue Hen community. The full schedule for UD 1743 Welcome Days is available now for download as a guide within the Guidebook app, available on both Android and Apple smartphones. All faculty and staff are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the UD 1743 Welcome Days schedule on the website or app to ensure a smooth transition for incoming students.

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