VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will welcome the Class of 2014 with a Convocation Ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 28. Mitch Stewart, a USD graduate who worked as a member of President Barack Obama’s campaign staff in 2008, will provide the keynote address for Convocation, which is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the DakotaDome.
As part of Move-In Day festivities for new students, Convocation begins with a processional from the North Complex to the DakotaDome. Stewart, a Vermillion native, is head of Organizing for America, which is a community organizing project of the Democratic National Committee. He will address new students during the hour long ceremony to officially welcome the Class of 2014 to the USD community. Additional speakers include SGA President Tim Carr, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Chuck Staben, Dean of Students James Parker and USD President James W. Abbott will lead the students in the official matriculation statement.
“Convocation is an invitation of membership to The U’s academic community,” noted Parker. “It’s a celebratory event symbolic of graduation and serves as a reminder to our faculty and staff of the duty to educate our students, not just until they graduate, but to assist them in their journey to become better citizens and contributing members of society.”
Move-In Day starts with check-in for new students at 8 a.m. at the DakotaDome. During the check-in process, students receive their information packets, residence hall keys and instructions on driving to the residence halls – all without having to get out of their vehicles. This process was implemented in 2008 with great success as the efficiency of this check-in procedure at the Dome eliminates long lines and avoids potential traffic congestion.
Convocation and Move-In Day are part of several New Student Orientation activities at The U. Additional activities include a Provost’s Picnic, movies, games, floor socials, a vendor fair and Greek recruitment activities. For more information about these activities at USD, including a full schedule of events, please visit www.usd.edu/orientation.