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The Class of 2015 was officially welcomed to the student body Monday night as more than 4,000 first-year students participated in Torch Night, a UT tradition since 1925. Students held electric candles as Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek announced that the torch had been passed to the newest class of Volunteers.

This year’s freshman class hit the ground running with a lecture from author Rebecca Skloot Monday morning and group discussions of Skloot’s book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Members of the Class of 2015 also were invited to take part in a few other favorite student traditions, painting the Rock and Night at Neyland.

The Knoxville News Sentinel and WBIR-TV were on campus Monday and talked with students taking part in Welcome Week activities. View the coverage at the links below.