Dear Class of 2022,

Writing this letter—a letter that editors of The Maroon have written for decades—hurts more than expected. The Class of 2022 ushered us into the magical, masochistic, and downright messy world that is UChicago. You were the savvy second-years who introduced reality to the fantasy written by When Harry Met Sally, U.S. News & World Report, and the admissions office. Nevertheless, you showed us the secrets to enjoying our time here, to finding community and causes worth fighting for. It’s hard to imagine this campus without you, but we know that it’s time for us to share you with the rest of the world.

While no piece of writing could ever encapsulate the totality of your time here, we’ve tried to capture snapshots of the Class of 2022. We hope this graduation issue takes you back to first year and makes you excited about your future. Years from now, we hope this issue will serve as a souvenir of sorts, something to transport you back to now.

We would be remiss not to specifically thank the amazing graduating class of Maroon staffers. Your leadership sustained and guided this paper through the dark times of the pandemic. In the absence of our Ida Noyes office, you built community across time zones not only to keep the paper together but to grow it. You covered everything under the sun and uncovered uncomfortable truths. Thank you to Adyant, Ruby, and Matt—our 2021–22 slate—as well as every other graduating Maroon staff member for ensuring that generations of journalists to come will have a space to share their stories.

With that, and maybe with some teary eyes, we say goodbye for now. We would wish you luck, but we know you don’t need it.

With graditude,

Yiwen Lu, managing editor, and Gage Gramlick, editor-in-chief


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The MFA thesis exhibition, now on display at the Logan Center, brings contemporary art to UChicago.
Ye Olden Maroon Voices: With Love, the Former Arts Eds
Former Arts editors Wahid Al Mamun, Veronica Chang, and Alina Kim reflect on their time with The Maroon.


Veni, Vidi, Vici, Or How I Claimed a Space in Classical Studies for Myself
Even though Classics is often used to justify modern-day bigotry, I helped create a more diverse and welcoming field in my four years here.
Why UChicago (Revised)
The University’s greatest assets are the people that call it home.
There and Back Again: Every New Beginning Comes from Some Other Beginning’s End
It’s reassuring to navigate life off of a script you’ve written for yourself. But it’s also okay to throw the script in the bin and step away for a bit.
The Maroon Editorial Board Should Endorse BDS
The Maroon Editorial Board should follow The Harvard Crimson’s recent move and voice its support for the BDS movement and Palestinian liberation.
Let Me Brag About Us for a Moment
It’s cheesy, it’s cliché, but I’ve embraced it—it really was all about “the friends we made along the way”.


Graduating Fourth-Years Share Their Favorite Classes
The Maroon spoke to three fourth-years about the best classes they’ve taken at the College.
Fourth-Year International Students Navigate Visa Uncertainty Post-Graduation
Class of 2022 international students shared their experiences with the job search and graduate school application process.
“Major” Trailblazers: Class of 2022 Includes First Graduates of New Major and Minor Programs
Fourth-years Alina Kim and Noor Elmasry speak about their programs, final capstone projects, and advice for students starting the major classes.
RSO Leaders Pass on the Baton
Fourth-year leaders of the Business Organization for Latino Development, Phoenix Survivors Alliance, and Phoenix Sustainability Initiative reflect on their legacies, accomplishments, and hopes for the future.
“An Inspiring Personality”: Friends and Classmates Remember Ilan Naibryf, Student Killed in Summer Condo Collapse
Ilan Naibryf, who was due to graduate as a member of the Class of 2022, died when the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Florida, partially collapsed last summer.
Get To Know This Year’s Graduation Speakers Samira Ahmed, Wendy Freedman
Author Samira Ahmed will give the Class Day speech Friday, June 3. The following day, Professor Wendy Freedman will deliver the Convocation Address.
Uncommon Interview: Outgoing USG President Allen Abbott
Per tradition, The Maroon sat down with outgoing Undergraduate Student Government President Allen Abbott to discuss his tenure.
The Class of 2022’s Guide to the Gems of Hyde Park
We asked graduating students about what some of theirfavorite Hyde Park businesses have been during their time at UChicago. Here’s what they said.
Maroon's Biggest New Stories This Year
These are nine stories that defined Class of 2022’s last year at UChicago.

Grey City

Being Black at UChicago
"As I looked around trying to find my friends, and later as I walked down the Quad, I noticed something that stuck out to me more than it had before: there were barely any Black people there."