A big treat for me this time of year is welcoming our newest Sun Devils. Every August, we host Sun Devil Welcome, a high-energy event that brings freshmen from across ASU together to learn more about our university community and traditions, enjoy some entertainment, and build some school spirit. It is always a memorable afternoon.
This year, nearly 11,000 of the most academically gifted and energetic freshmen in ASU history joined me at Wells Fargo Arena to get the academic year off to an exciting start. After a raucous roll call that introduced the student bodies of each college and school, I shared a few lessons from my own freshman year at Iowa State. I also encouraged them to push themselves beyond their comfort zones, to be open to new ideas, and to ask for help when needed. Our faculty and staff are standing by to support their success.
A few days earlier, I also had the pleasure to welcome our new international students to ASU. With music, dancing and a lot of information, we gave nearly 2,000 Sun Devils from around the world a warm welcome and a request to stay connected and participate in all that ASU has to offer.
Whether they come from across the street or a far country, it was clear that the Class of 2022 is gifted and enthusiastic, and I look forward to sharing more about them in the future.