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

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