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The year began with a government shutdown and drew to a close with the start of another. In between, the 12 months saw a nationwide antigun movement, led by student survivors from the Parkland, Fla., school massacre; a continuing immigration crisis that included children forcibly being separated from their parents at the US/Mexico border; and an economy that started out strong and ended with a whimper.

But the news wasn’t all bad. Closer to home, 2018 marked the year that Boston University acquired Wheelock College, creating a new campus and a new school, Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. Phase two of the massive Comm Ave bridge replacement concluded in August (and on time), and in the fall, plans for a dramatic new Data Sciences Center were announced.

We’ve pulled together nearly three dozen photos from the past year chronicling many of the highlights, moments, and stories that moved us.