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Welcome to UT Knoxville for the 2010-11 academic year!

There’s a lot to keep in mind at the start of the school year: where you’ll live, finding your classes, buying books. But one of the most exciting parts of arriving on campus – whether it’s your first time, or you’re a seasoned veteran – is taking part in the many UT Knoxville traditions that make you a Volunteer.

Torch Night is the official welcome to the Class of 2014, but it also marks the return to campus for all students. The ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, at Thompson-Boling Arena. Underclassmen will take a pledge of loyalty to the university, freshmen will be formally declared part of the student body, and candles will be lit to symbolize the “Torch of Preparation.”

Following Torch Night, the Class of 2014 will attend the Freshman Picnic in Circle Park, and then head to the Night in Neyland, an opportunity to hear from the coaching staff, learn some of UT’s athletic traditions and take the official class picture.

For more Welcome Week information and a full schedule of events, including Life of the Mind discussion groups, visit http://welcomeweek.utk.edu/.