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Aug. 20: University Convocation

President Richard Davenport will address faculty and staff from 9-10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 8-16-2018

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Students move in Thursday, Aug. 23; Welcome Week is Aug. 23-26; Classes begin Monday, Aug. 27.

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport will welcome faculty back to campus and discuss his vision for the 2018-2019 academic year during the annual president’s convocation address from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. A reception for faculty and staff will be held prior to the president’s address from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday in the CSU Ballroom lobby.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Marilyn Wells will deliver the provost’s convocation address from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the CSU Ballroom.

(NOTE TO EDITORS: Media are welcome to attend Monday’s convocation day events. The president’s address will also be streamed live at

Fall “move-in day” for students at each of Minnesota State Mankato’s residence communities is Thursday, Aug. 23, when more than 3,000 students will begin moving into on-campus housing at 9 a.m. A new student/family dinner will be held in the University Dining Center from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23. The first day of fall classes is Monday, Aug. 27.

More than 4,000 vehicles are expected on campus Aug. 23-24, as students, parents and friends move student belongings into four campus residence hall communities. The university will again provide faculty-staff volunteers to assist with logistics, as well as traffic-control officers to direct the flow of cars.

Drivers to campus are asked to temporarily avoid main access streets (Stadium Road and Val Imm Drive), and core-campus streets, and to park in remote lots on Thursday, Aug. 23.

There is no scheduled move-in day for thousands of additional returning students who live in private, off-campus apartments. Many will return to Mankato on the weekend (Aug. 24-26) prior to the start of classes.

Nearly 70 events and activities are planned for new students during the University’s annual “welcome week,” which runs from Aug. 23-26. This year’s welcome week theme is “Next Generation Heroes.” A complete schedule of 2018 student welcome week activities is available online.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with approximately 15,000 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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