MASSACHUSETTS. (WWLP) — Bay Path University and Elms College are welcoming new and returning students to campus this weekend for the new school year.

Bay Path University will kick off the school year by welcoming its undergraduate students to the Longmeadow campus. Move-in day is a festive, uplifting day, as many students are arriving on campus with their families to begin and continue their college experience.

All students will be greeted by Bay Path`s moving team, as well as returning students who are campus leaders, which is a long-held Bay Path tradition.

Welcome activities will take place on Sunday with an additional panel discussion on Monday around confronting “imposter syndrome,” which is a common experience for first-generation college students. 

Move-in Day is festive and emotional, as many students are arriving with their families to begin or continue their college experience. Students were greeted by Baypath’s moving team and the schools volleyball team. RA’s also were on hand to help students with the move in process.

With the school year starting soon the Dean of Students, Dinah Moore has some advice, “We are asking that students really take a step back and really be able to utilize one another. Use the resources on campus, we have a ton of resources that we offer on campus. Use them.”

Campus Awakening takes place Tuesday morning as students gather at dawn for a candle-lit procession to begin the new school year. 

Move-in on Sunday begins at 8:00 a.m. with a welcome lunch at 12:30 p.m., and lawn festivities beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Elms College also prepared for the arrival of their students this weekend.

First year students and parents were welcomed with big balloons and a full staff ready to help them move in. This year has been one of elms biggest classes with 200 first-years and 100 returning students.

22News spoke with the President of the School, Harry Dumay about why he thinks this class has exceeded his expectations, “Incoming first year class is here to tell us that they value the elms college education and they value the elms college experience, and both first year and full time students have exceeded the goal we have set for the incoming class.”

Dumay also told 22News that he offers the first year students some sage advice, ‘you get as much as you put in. So get involved on campus.’

Elms college student start class on Wednesday, September 6th.

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