• A mother and son pose for a photo. Goldy Gopher is peeking from behind them
    Goldy Gopher loves to pose for family photos.
  • A group of people read text that is being projected on a wall
    During the reception, we shared notes of appreciation that students wrote.
  • Two female students hold signs reading "Welcome to Bright Lights"
    You can share your photos from the event on social media with #UMNCLA.
  • Photo of a parent taking a photo of a young man posing with Goldy Gopher
    Goldy was on hand for plenty of photo ops.
  • Goldy poses with a mother and daughter
    Family and friends are welcome to come and celebrate with their student.
  • Photo of the reception in Northrop. People are talking, eating, and drinking
    A reception is held in the Northrop foyer before the program begins.
  • Photo of a student jazz group performing at the Bright Lights reception
    School of Music jazz students performed at the Bright Lights reception.
  • Photo of people in the audience reading the Bright Lights program
    Bright Lights has general seating.
  • Photo of Dean John Coleman speaking at the Bright Lights event
    College of Liberal Arts Dean John Coleman gave the opening remarks.
  • Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education Gary Oehlert speaks at the podium at Bright Lights
    Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Gary Oehlert (statistics) announced names of students who had received scholarships. All students who had received scholarships were invited to stand and be recognized by the audience.
  • Photo of student Mariam Salama speaking at the podium
    We recognized students who participated in internships and other experiential learning progarms. Student Mariam Salama (physiology and global studies major) spoke on her experiential learning experience. She is also a Mulhollem Cravens Leadership Scholar.
  • Photo of student speaker Tiffany Hamidjaja at the podium
    We recognized our students who participated in research during the past year. Student Tiffany Hamidjaja (psychology and sociology of law, criminology & deviance major) shared her research experience. She is also a Mulhollem Cravens Leadership Scholar.
  • Photo of two dancers holding props
    Student Annika Hansen (left) performed her dance research project called "Body Home."
  • Photo of student Henry Zurn speaking at a podium
    We also recognized students who participated in leadership programs and took on leadership roles. Henry Zurn, who is a Mulhollem Cravens Leadership Scholar and a Talle Family Scholar, spoke on his leadership experiences here at the U of M. He is a double major in political science and English.
  • Goldy and a group of 5 brass instrument musicians on Northrop stage
    Goldy and the Marching Band Brass Quintet performed the Minnesota Rouser. M-I-N-N-E-S-O-T-A! Minnesota! Minnesota! Yay, Gophers! Rah!
  • A mother and son pose for a photo. Goldy Gopher is peeking from behind them
  • A group of people read text that is being projected on a wall
  • Two female students hold signs reading "Welcome to Bright Lights"
  • Photo of a parent taking a photo of a young man posing with Goldy Gopher
  • Goldy poses with a mother and daughter
  • Photo of the reception in Northrop. People are talking, eating, and drinking
  • Photo of a student jazz group performing at the Bright Lights reception
  • Photo of people in the audience reading the Bright Lights program
  • Photo of Dean John Coleman speaking at the Bright Lights event
  • Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education Gary Oehlert speaks at the podium at Bright Lights
  • Photo of student Mariam Salama speaking at the podium
  • Photo of student speaker Tiffany Hamidjaja at the podium
  • Photo of two dancers holding props
  • Photo of student Henry Zurn speaking at a podium
  • Goldy and a group of 5 brass instrument musicians on Northrop stage