As part of Move in Day for new students, Convocation begins 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 James Parker and USD President James W. Abbott will lead the students in the official matriculation statement.

“Convocation is an invitation of membership to the university’s academic community,” noted Parker. “It’s a celebratory event symbolic of graduation and serves as a reminder to our faculty and staff of the duty to educate our students, not just until they graduate, but to assist them in their journey to become better citizens and contributing members of society.”

Students coming to campus for the new school year will also see the new “SD” logo. Adorning everything from signage to stationery as well as clothing and apparel, the new logo gives the campus a new look. The state's initials will also be featured prominently in athletics, including USD’s football helmet and a new basketball court at the DakotaDome, which also serves as the check-in location for Move in Day.

Move in Day begins at 8 a.m. and continues throughout the day until 2 p.m. During the check-in process at the Dome, 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 process, implemented in 2008 for efficiency purposes, eliminates long lines and avoids potential traffic congestion.

Convocation and Move in Day are part of Welcome Week 2011 festivities. Additional activities include a Provost’s Picnic, Hall Programs, movies, games, fraternity and sorority recruitment activities, a bonfire and fireworks. For more information about new student orientation and Welcome Week, including a full schedule of events, please visit

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