The Year in Photos 2021

Tufts photographers capture campus life and share their favorite images

This was the year we gradually increased our sense of pandemic normalcy, as the university vaccines became available.

Early in the year, I covered the first in-person concert in Distler Auditorium, after a year of Zoom performances; it was incredibly moving. A month later, a staycation replaced our typical spring break on a sunny and warm day, with everyone breathing a collective sigh of relief at being able to get outside and have some fun.

After a summer of access to vaccines, students and faculty seemed relieved to return to in-person classes for the fall semester. The energy on campus changed as first-year students came for in-person pre-orientation and joined upper-class students to pack the Academic Quad for the O-Show.

This fall, too, sports competition returned to our athletics fields, providing more excitement. Finally, Joyce Cummings Center opened its doors with its bright colors, bold design, and fresh vistas of the venerable campus on the hill above.

It felt like 2021 was a year of renewal and rebirth. This year in pictures is once again a humbling exercise in appreciating our community’s perseverance and strength.

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