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Crowd of students clapping in the dome.

Welcome to the Incoming Class

Syracuse University kicks off the academic year with a celebration of tradition, community and Orange spirit.

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Crowd of new students in the JMA Wireless Dome.

A Warm Campus Welcome

More than 4,000 first-year and transfer students—the largest incoming class in University history—converged on the JMA Wireless Dome for New Student Convocation. Academically distinguished and globally minded, the entering class joins the rest of the student body, which represents all 50 states and 126 countries.

Syracuse University band performs before a crowd.

Strike up the Band

The Syracuse University Athletic Bands provide up-tempo excitement on campus and around the country. Founded in 1901, the 200-strong Pride of the Orange is one of the nation’s oldest college marching bands. Many of its members also play in the Sour Citrus Society pep band.

Chancellor Kent Syverud stands behind a podium speaking to the convocation crowd.

A Guiding Presence

Chancellor Kent Syverud welcomes the incoming class in the JMA Wireless Dome. The 12th leader of the University since its founding in 1870, he has led the institution to unprecedented heights in academic, creative and research excellence; community engagement; and scholarly impact.

Students standing in a crowd singing the Syracuse University alma mater.

Song of Syracuse

Where the vale of Onondaga/Meets the Eastern sky/Proudly stands our Alma Mater/On her hilltop high… Students have been singing and swaying to the Alma Mater since 1893, when an evening stroll across campus inspired Junius Stevens (Class of 1895) to put words on paper. The melody is based on a popular 1857 ballad.

Color guard stands before the stage.

Posting the Colors

The Blue Stars Color Guard is part of the Col. Eileen M. Collins ’78, H’01 Syracuse Drill Team, named for the space shuttle’s first woman commander. Syracuse consistently ranks as one of the best private institutions for military members, veterans and their families.

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