Dear Class of 2022,
Congratulations on graduating from Zoom University Hopkins! You began college dozing off in lecture halls, spent a large chunk chilling at home in breakout rooms with cameras off and then finally returned to campus for your last year. If you never hear the phrases “during these unprecedented times” and “twice-weekly testing” again, it will be too soon.
Despite it all, your resilience and determination are evident in how you’ve made the best of your time here at Hopkins. You’ve filled out the Marriage Pact then promptly ghosted your match, made it to the reopening of the Ralph S. O’Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being, swanned the ice rink and navigated constantly changing testing policies (too many links to include). You’ve attended a Met Gala and even witnessed the return of Spring Fair, watching Meek Mill perform hours late and after which you promptly spent the next week in isolation.
Now, as the newest freshmen prepare to join our nest, you have equipped them well with the best advice. You’ve compiled epic bucket lists of things to do on campus and places to visit around Baltimore. You’ve shared stories of how you’ve changed throughout these four years, from exploring your gender identity to learning how to navigate college as a first-generation student.
Looking to the post-graduation future, the journey won’t always be straightforward, but you know how to handle adversity. We’ve seen you do it. We are so excited to see all the things you will go on to do in the “real world.”
Congratulations to the Class of 2022! Pop every champagne bottle possible, take a million photos in front of Gilman Hall and scream at the top of your lungs, “I finally graduated!”
Sophia Park and Isabel Thomas
Magazine Editors ’22 – 23