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Students return to campus with USD Welcome Week 2013

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will welcome new and returning students with USD Welcome Week 2013, which begins Friday, Aug. 23 with Move in Day.

Move in Day kicks off at 7 a.m. on Friday at the DakotaDome parking lot where students and their families will check-in; receive their information packets, residence hall keys and instructions on driving to the residence halls. This convenient “drive-through” process eliminates long lines and avoids potential traffic congestion. Volunteers are also available to help students move into to their residence hall rooms.

Welcome Week 2013 also includes New Student Convocation, an invitation of membership to the university’s academic community, at 4 p.m. on Friday. The ceremony starts with a student processional from the North Complex and concludes inside the DakotaDome at 4:30 p.m. with the official matriculation statement led by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Chuck Staben, Dean of Students Kimberly Grieve, Student Government Association President Erik Muckey and USD President James W. Abbott.

“Convocation is a unique opportunity for new students to begin their academic journey at USD as well as a reminder to the campus community that we are invested in student development and learning,” said Kimberly Grieve, dean of students at USD. “This special ceremony is a great way to welcome the students and their families to the USD family.”

Additional Welcome Week 2013 activities include a reception for parents, the Provost’s Picnic, a Graffiti Dance Party, Student Tailgate Nation, a Student Organization Fair, live music, including concerts by Xclusive and Nappy Roots, and fraternity and sorority recruitment activities. More information about Welcome Week 2013, 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, Knudson 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