Huge group class photo highlights first days for new UND students


David L. Dodds

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Huge group class photo highlights first days for new UND students

The University of North Dakota officially opened its doors to students Monday, the first day of classes for the 2012 fall semester. The first full day of classes is Tuesday.

About 1,600 incoming students and new freshman took part in a first-of-its kind pep rally at the old Memorial football stadium, on Sunday, Aug. 19. The rally began with an ambitious group class photo of the all the attendees. The event focused on school spirit, and included appearances from the UND Pride of the North Marching Band, student-athletes, dance and cheer teams, coaches and more. Students also received a rally towel with UND’s school song on it.

The pep rally was part of the official UND “Welcome Weekend” , which began bright and early Saturday morning with the opening of campus residence halls. The weekend was packed with activities, entertainment and information for new and returning students. Students had a chance take part in a picnic, entertainment by a hypnotist and a street dance – just to name a few activities. On Sunday afternoon, students also were able to take tours of the campus and find where their classes are located.

Today, on campus, new UND students were invited to attend a Convocation ceremony at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. This formal ceremony, filled with pomp and regalia, emphasized the University’s attention to academic excellence. The event is intended to mark the start of students’ academic career.

Students who attended the convocation received a padded diploma folder with the UND seal to use once they graduate. Inside the folder is the class photo taken at the pep rally.

On Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the annual UND Fall Involvement Expo will be staged in front of the UND Memorial Union, with more than 175 local vendors, nonprofits, businesses, University and student organizations on hand to help students get more involved in the University and the community.

Last fall, nearly 13,800 students reported for classes at UND on the first day of the fall semester.

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