Opening Days 2012

Willamette University welcomed about 600 first-year undergraduate students and their families to campus for Opening Days orientation. With great enthusiasm and excitement, current students, faculty and staff introduced our newest Bearcats to life at Willamette.

  • Students from the class of 2016 bask in the sun during an Opening Days picnic.
  • New students snatch photo opportunities with Blitz the Bearcat.
  • Students reunite with friends during Opening Days.
  • President Steve Thorsett chats with first-year students and their parents during a campus picnic.
  • Incoming freshmen explore the Pacific Northwest through a 5-mile, round-trip hike up Angel's Rest in the Columbia River Gorge.
  • The Columbia River Gorge beckoned new students during Opening Days.
  • Braving Class 3 and 4 rapids, students went white water rafting on the White Salmon River.
  • Incoming Willamette students got a thrill ride by rafting the White Salmon River in the Columbia River Gorge.
  • Opening Days leaders welcome new students through a song and dance routine.
  • Opening Days leaders rev up the crowds with music and dancing.
  • Students in the American Studies Program help freshmen move into their residence halls.
  • Students browse for household supplies at the Panhellenic Council's rummage sale in Jackson Plaza.
  • Parents and students explore campus together during Opening Days.
  • Parents and incoming freshmen roam campus during Opening Days.
  • Bagpipers lead the annual procession of the president and the College of Liberal Arts faculty to the Opening Days convocation address.
  • Upper classmen welcome incoming Willamette students to campus.
  • During the matriculation ceremony, students place lit candles into the Mill Stream to signify the start of their journey at Willamette University.
  • Attending the Oregon State Fair was among many community events incoming students attended as part of Willamette's Passport to Salem program.
  • President Thorsett shakes hands and exchanges a few words with first-year students as they gather to participate in the matriculation ceremony.
  • As part of Opening Days, first-year students fanned out across Salem for service projects.
  • Incoming Willamette students add a new coat of stain to a wooden play structure at A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village in Salem.
  • Community service is embraced by incoming Willamette students.
  • Students learn about harvesting produce at the university-owned Zena Farm, a living laboratory where students gain practical experience in everything from organic farming techniques to marketing to business management.
  • Incoming students volunteer at Zena Farm during the Opening Days celebration.