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Aug. 19: President's Convocation

Students move in Aug. 22. Processional through Alumni Arch is Aug. 23. Classes begin Aug. 26.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 8-15-2019

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport will welcome faculty back to campus and discuss his vision for the 2019-2020 academic year during the annual president’s convocation address from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19 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 and other events throughout the week. The president’s convocation address will also be streamed live at

Media photo and coverage opportunities from Aug. 19-26:

  • Monday, Aug. 19 – President’s convocation from 9-10 a.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 22 – Beginning at 9 a.m., approximately 3,000 students move into on-campus housing to start “Welcome Week.”
  • Friday, Aug. 23 – Between approximately 11:20 and 11:40 a.m., new students will participate in a procession through the Alumni Arch, signifying their arrival as students. (The rain location is Myers Field House hallway.)
  • Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 24-25 – “Welcome Week” activities continue. A complete schedule of 2019 student welcome week activities is available online.
  • Monday, Aug. 26 – First day of fall classes.

Drivers to campus on the Thursday, Aug. 22 move-in day are asked to temporarily avoid main access streets (Stadium Road and Val Imm Drive), and core-campus streets, and to park in remote lots.

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. 23-25) prior to the start of classes.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,227 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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