Temple University welcomes most diverse class ever as COVID-19 precautions ease

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — University officials say Temple University welcomes its most diverse class of students as thousands move in this week.

“We really wanted to get here before everyone else today and we are,” said Ashley Moreau of Long Island, New York.

Moreau and her parents were four hours early. She was the first to move into her Temple dorm on Monday.

“I’m ready to explore the area,” Moreau said.

But mom and dad aren’t ready to say goodbye to her yet.

“It’s sad that she wants to leave us, but I’m glad she decided to go to college,” said Florence Lindor Moreau.

Ashley’s father, Oneil Moreau, added, “I won’t be there to take care of her.”

As noted above, this year’s class, the most diverse in Temple history, is made up of 5,000 students.

University officials said more than 51% of the new class is made up of students of color.

“I can’t wait to see the view from my room,” said Sidhant Kumar from India.

Kumar said he moved from Germany to attend school in Temple and said he looks forward to meeting people with different perspectives.

“I think it encourages a lot of personal growth in the students,” said Kumar.

Face coverings are now optional, but must still be worn in healthcare facilities.

COVID-19 vaccines will be required again this fall.

“I think it’s a nice open rule. I personally don’t think you’ll see me wearing a mask any time soon, I’m kind of sick of it,” Kumar said.

There are different approaches to masking on campus.

“There’s a lot of people that come from different places,” Ashley Moreau said. “You don’t know what they have, so I think it’s good to be safe now and put your mask on.”

The new class will gather on Friday once everyone has moved in.

This convening will be followed by Templefes, an event where students will have the opportunity to connect with more than 300 student organizations.

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