ASU’s annual welcome week activities commenced Tuesday with an assembly and concert at Wells Fargo Arena featuring hip-hop artists B.o.B. and the Far East Movement, sponsored by Undergraduate Student Government and the Programming and Activities Board.
More than 12,500 freshmen and transfer students moved into dorms last week. Marketing sophomore Kelly Burleson works for University Housing and helped students move into their dorms.
“(I saw) a lot of nervous parents, excited students (and) people ready to start a good year,” Burleson said.
Tuesday’s Sun Devil Welcome assembly displayed Sun Devil pride while focusing on its theme, “It’s time.”
Students wore gold shirts and chanted “ASU” throughout the presentation.
The class of 2016 was entertained by live performances from on-campus organizations, including Greek Life.
Student body president Mark Naufel, a computer science junior, and University President Michael Crow addressed students.
In his presentation, Crow encouraged students to follow their dreams.
“All I ask you is to think about your dream,” Crow said. “Focus on that dream.”
Later in the assembly, students rallied for their individual schools and were occasionally shown videos of the university’s history.
The newcomers learned the ASU fight song and how to create the pitchfork symbol with their hands.
Biology freshman Sam Grassel said he enjoyed the assembly.
“This really got me pumped up,” Grassel said. “It was cool to see all of the different people from all of the different schools.”
Welcome activities will continue through the first few days of classes.
Business freshman Micah Parris said he is enjoying ASU so far and plans on getting involved with more activities.
“I look forward to living here and to the school year,” Parris said. “Also, I look forward to the football and basketball games.”
Students will be able to hike “A” Mountain Saturday to whitewash the “A” to represent the start of a new academic year.
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