Media Advisory: First-year students move in Thursday, Aug. 25

Class of 2020 is the largest in university's 163-year history

8.20.2012--Move In Day on the South 40 of the Danforth Campus of WUSTL. Photo by Joe Angeles/WUSTL Photos
Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton leads the annual “Peel the Banana” dance.

WHAT: Move-in Day for new students at Washington University in St. Louis is Thursday, Aug. 25. Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton will lead university staff, faculty and student volunteers in cheers — including his annual rendition of the “Peel the Banana” dance — at 7:30 a.m. The day concludes at 7:30 p.m. with Convocation, one the university’s most colorful traditions.

WHO: Some 1,780 first-year students, the largest first-year class in Washington University’s history, will be arriving for the 2016-17 academic year that begins Monday, Aug. 29. The students hail from all 50 states and 25 countries. A team of 300 students, faculty and staff volunteers will help haul everything from refrigerators and microwaves to laptops and bicycles. Trucks, vans, minivans and U-Hauls will line the South 40 driveways.

WHEN: Pep rally is at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. New students and their families will start to arrive at 8:30 a.m. The heaviest move-in volume is mid-morning, around 10 a.m. By 3 p.m., most students have settled into their residence halls .

WUSTL Convocation on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. James Byard/WUSTL Photos

For great color and visuals, return at 6 p.m. to capture residential advisors and costumed mascots teaching new students campus chants. All first-year students then will march together from the South 40 to the Athletic Complex for Convocation, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Washington University’s South 40

PARKING: Media parking is NOT available on the South 40. Free parking is available nearby in the Danforth University Center garage and throughout the Danforth Campus. No permit needed.

Live television trucks may park in the First Congregational Church lot at 6501 Wydown Blvd., at the southeast corner of the South 40. Enter lot from Wydown Boulevard at Wallace Drive. Call or text Diane Toroian Keaggy at 314-974-4238 in advance to secure space.

For more assistance: Call Keaggy 314-974-4238 or the University News Service team at 314-935-5230.

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