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The past eight days on Rocky Top have been filled with new faces and a new normal for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s campus community. More than 250 virtual and socially distanced in-person events welcomed students back for fall semester as classes kicked off in a new hybrid format.

Ally Tenorio, a sophomore from Chicago, attended multiple Welcome Week events and expressed excitement for the academic year. “It feels really good to be back on campus and with classmates all working through similar challenges,” she said. “Being at home was really isolating, so it’s just really encouraging to be around people even if it is a lot different than what we’re used to.”

With masks as a new way to wear orange, the Volunteer family is ready for another great year! Take a look at back at the past eight days on campus.