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Convocation, Move-In Day highlight Welcome Week 2012 at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will celebrate the start of another school year and welcome new students with USD Welcome Week 2012, featuring Convocation and Move-In Day events on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Convocation, an invitation of membership to the university’s academic community and a celebratory event for students and their families, starts with a processional at 3:30 p.m. from the North Complex to the DakotaDome. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Chuck Staben, Dean of Students Kimberly Grieve and USD President James W. Abbott will lead the students in the official matriculation statement.

“Convocation is a special event for our new students, signaling the beginning of their academic journey,” described Kimberly Grieve, dean of students at USD. “It also serves as a reminder that we are a campus community invested in student development and learning.”

USD Welcome Week 2012 starts with Move-In Day at the DakotaDome parking lot. Students and their families are scheduled to check-in between 7:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. throughout the day. At check-in, all students will receive their information packets, residence hall keys and instructions on driving to the residence halls – all without having to leave their vehicles. This convenient “drive-through” route eliminates long lines and avoids potential traffic congestion. Volunteers are also available to move student into to their residence hall.

Additional Welcome Week 2012 activities include the Provost’s Picnic, a reception for parents hosted by the USD Foundation, a Student Organization Fair, live music, fraternity and sorority recruitment activities, and movies and games. More information about Welcome Week, including a complete list of events, can be found at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News