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

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