Photo gallery: Summer Welcome 2021

New students are soaking up the sun and earning their stripes at Summer Welcome. See how they’re preparing for life at Mizzou.

June 15, 2021
Contact: Deidra Ashley,

a women in a yellow shirt and hat smiles. two boys are on her left listening and smiling

Summer Welcome leader Brady Booth (right) helps greet attendees and explain the day’s events. Booth, a junior marketing and economics major, is one of 29 students serving as Summer Welcome leaders this year. Leaders are specially trained to answer questions and share their insider knowledge of campus.

a girl in a white tank top smiles in the center of the photo. there are other students around her

Sophia Nguyen (center), an incoming freshman from St. Louis, participates in icebreaker games. Each small group attends orientation activities, and students get a chance to meet their academic advisor. Nguyen plans to study nursing.

a male student sits at the center of a circle of students. they're sitting outside under trees on a sunny day

Junior strategic communications major Gehazi Whitehurst (center) leads his small group in a discussion. Throughout the visit, new students learn about the resources and involvement opportunities Mizzou offers, including student government, fraternity and sorority life, and on-campus employment. Once on campus, new students can discuss involvement options with an involvement ambassador.

a young man in a yellow shirt sits in a circle with other students whose backs we see

Sophomore business major Steven Klumb talks to his group about the ways to get involved at Mizzou. Did you know there are more than 600 recognized student organizations at MU?

a young woman smiles and waves at someone at the student center

Sophomore health science major Nia Lowery (center) takes a break with her group at the Student Center. The Summer Welcome team knows there’s a lot of information to take in on a single day. That’s why they remind students to check their university email for important information as they get closer to move-in.

students and family members wait in line for food at the student center

Summer Welcome isn’t just about the students. Families are an important part of the college experience and are invited to attend special sessions to learn about financial aid, safety on campus, academic support and more. They also get to connect with other family members in panel discussions.

dr. stackman speaks in front of a bunch of students in an auditorium

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Bill Stackman loves to greet new students during Summer Welcome. As he said on Twitter, his door is always open!

a young woman takes a photo of a group of students who are standing and smiling in speaker's circle

Senior health science major Holly Graham (left) takes a photo of her group in Speakers Circle. Students are encouraged to stay connected with their Summer Welcome leader and group mates so they can support one another when they officially move to campus.

New students can find additional resources on the Summer Welcome Canvas page.

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