An Extraordinary Year in Pictures

Sun Shining Through Wall Building and Shonibare Sculpture

They masked up, stood apart and invented new ways to have fun.

They marched for social justice, created a Black Lives Matter mural, and voted in record numbers. They stood in lines twice a week to get tested for COVID-19, and later, to get the vaccines.

The 2020-2021 school year will stand out as one of history’s toughest and most challenging. Davidson College students met those challenges and by year’s end, saw a bright light in the pandemic tunnel.

College photographer Christopher Record, and student photographers Claire Tatum ’24 and Sydney Schertz ’24 were there for it all. Here’s a look back at the people, places and events of an extraordinary year from the perspectives of Record and the student photographers he mentored. 

Students in Masks Hold Signs Welcoming New Student Class
Chambers Building at Night
Wildcat Statue with Mask
Social Justice Event - Football Team on the Green
Student at COVID Testing Site on Campus Labelling Collection Tube
Cindy Hauser Leads Class of Students with Social Distance Seating Chart and Mask Wearing
Students in Masks Play Spike Ball on Chambers Lawn
College Crisis Initiative Students and Chris Marsicano Meet Masked at Hub
Carol Quillen on Zoom for Reynolds Lecture
Students act out a zombie scene on Chambers steps
Library front with CNN monitors and recording crew and equipment
Outdoor Class with Masks
Lacrosse Students in Gear and Masks in Field
Pumpkin Carving with Masks on Campus
Van on Richardson Circle Drops Students Off After Voting
Students Play Giant Chess
Tree has Orange Leaves and Student Walks by in Mask
Black Lives Matter Mural
We Are in This Together Neon Art Reflected in Window with Shonibare Sculpture
Students in Mask Play Frisbee on Chambers Lawn
Student Performing in Theatre Piece with Mask
Sunset with Moon and Stars Over Campus
Blooming Trees and Students Lounging and Walking on Lawn
Student in Hammock Reading
Maurice Norman at Unveiled and Unvarnished
Students Have Class Outside Near Dana and Watson
Football Team on Sidelines and Coach Abel Cheering
Students Lay Together on Grass
Dog and Student in Mask Hanging Out
Ferris Wheel on Campus for Mini Break with Students in Masks
Carol Quillen at Verna Case Symposium
Well in the Background of Blooming Pink Azalea Flowers
Student in Mask Being Vaccinated
Student Playing Banjo and Other Musicians
Student at Verna Case with Dog
Verna Case Symposium Crowd with Masks
Campus during Commencement at Richardson Stadium
Student Holding Diploma at Commencement
Students Hugging at Commencement


  • May 26, 2021