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welcome weekAs students make their way to UT for the 2014–2015 school year, they will be greeted by an array of activities and events during the university’s traditional Welcome Week.

The week that gives students a glimpse of campus life kicks off Saturday, August 16, as both new and returning students move into residence halls beginning at 8:00 a.m.

The official welcome begins at 6:00 p.m. Sunday with the Freshman Picnic on the plaza of Gate 21 at Neyland Stadium. Following the picnic, students will head to the traditional Torch Night ceremony on the Ayres Hall lawn on the Hill. Torch Night is a UT tradition that has been observed since 1925, formally welcoming all new students to the university community. Each fall, the upperclassmen symbolically pass down the Torch of Preparation to the freshman class at Torch Night.

Following Torch Night, students will learn Volunteer cheers, hear from coaches, sing “Rocky Top” with the Pride of the Southland band, and experience Neyland Stadium for the first time as a UT student at the Night in Neyland event.

The Life of the Mind book discussions will take place throughout Monday and Tuesday, August 17 and 18, across campus where small groups of students and faculty leaders will come together to discuss this year’s assigned book, Daytripper, by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Ba. The Life of the Mind program is a component of First-Year Studies 100, in which students read the same book and participate in small-group discussions.

Classes start Wednesday, August 20.

New events are being held for commuter and transfer students and other student groups. For a complete list of Welcome Week activities, visit the Welcome Week website.

C O N T A C T:
Whitney Heins (865-974-5460,