President and Dean offer warm welcome to the Class of 2017

The members of the Class of 2017 were formally welcomed to campus at the Freshman Assembly held Aug. 24 in Woolsey Hall. To the President's and Dean's advice, watch the video above, or link to the text of their speeches below.

"It is my hope — indeed my conviction — that you will continue to ensure that the dream of a better life will be woven permanently into the fabric of our societies around the world."


— "Yale and the American Dream,"

President Peter Salovey


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"Any of these things—a work of art, a verse, a formula—compresses vast amounts of information and thought, as well as history.  Your task, your opportunity, here at Yale and in life is to stop, to screen out all other distractions, so that you can study, investigate, discover, and interpret each one in light of your understanding."


— "Words of Welcome,"

Yale College Dean Mary Miller


Read the full text or watch the video of Yale College Dean Mary Miller's address.