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Aug. 24: New Student Processional

New students will proceed through Alumni Arch, or if it rains, from Taylor Center to Myers Field House.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 8-23-2018

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty, staff and administrators will welcome new students to campus Friday, Aug. 24 at approximately 11:15 a.m. in a new student processional through the Old Main Alumni Arch, located near the Ostrander-Student Memorial Bell Tower on the west side of Warren Street.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The rain location for Friday’s processional is indoors in the hallway leading from the Taylor Center to Myers Field House.)

The festive processional is intended to symbolize the students’ arrival on campus as Minnesota State Mankato students.

The new Minnesota State Mankato students (including transfer students) will follow the Maverick Machine marching band through the Alumni Arch after attending a rally in the Taylor Center on campus.

Faculty, staff and returning students are invited to arrive at the Alumni Arch (or in the Myers Field House hallway if there is rain) by 11:15 a.m. to prepare to cheer, clap and welcome the new students during the processional as they arrive after walking over from the rally.

After the processional, the new students will be able to enjoy lunch in Myers Field House through use of their on-campus dining plans. Faculty, staff and returning students may purchase lunches while supplies last. For more information, contact John Bulcock by phone at 507-389-6076 or by email at

Student Affairs, Student Activities and the Minnesota State Student Association organized the new student events. The processional event for new students was held for the first time in August 2017, although the event was moved indoors because of rain.

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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