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Welcome Week 2014 at USD includes Move in Day, Convocation

Residence halls at full capacity as students return to campus Friday

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will kick off another academic year with USD Welcome Week 2014, which begins Friday, Aug. 22 with Move in Day.

Move in Day begins at 7 a.m. 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 handy “drive-through” system was implemented to eliminate long lines, waiting and potential traffic congestion on campus. Volunteers are also on site to assist students moving into the residence halls.

Residence halls will be over 100 percent capacity at USD, according to Kimberly Grieve, vice president and dean of students. Grieve says USD Housing will use newly renovated space in residence halls, as needed.

“It’s a good problem to have,” said Grieve. “This means that our residence halls are full, on campus housing is prepared and we’re looking forward to providing new and returning students the best on campus experience we can.”

Welcome Week 2014 includes New Student Convocation, an invitation of membership to the university’s academic community, at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The ceremony starts with a student processional from the North Complex led by the USD Band and ends inside the DakotaDome with the official matriculation statement led by Grieve, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs James Moran, Student Government Association President Tyler Tordsen and USD President James W. Abbott.

Additional Welcome Week 2014 events include a parent’s reception, the Provost’s Picnic, a USD Block Party, Coyotepalooza, a Student Organization Fair, a Graffiti Dance, fraternity and sorority recruitment activities, and much more. For more information about Welcome Week 2014, including a complete schedule of events, please visit


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