Big Red Welcome heralds start of fall semester

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When thousands of new and returning Huskers converge on the UNL, the highlight of their arrival Aug. 20-22 will be the annual Big Red Welcome presented by University Bookstore: a convocation, celebration and festival spanning the entire weekend.

Beginning 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20 with the New Student Convocation and ending with the Welcome Festival at 6 p.m. Aug. 22, the weekend is a tradition, complete with the highlight for many, doing the "Tunnel Walk" at Memorial Stadium -- running from the team tunnel, to the music, video and cheers at Memorial Stadium just like the Nebraska football team. The Tunnel Walk for new students is 8:15 p.m. Aug. 20 following the 7 p.m. marching band concert.

As many as 15,000 students or more participate in the weekend events. For a complete list of Big Red Welcome Events, go to

Fall-semester classes begin at UNL on Aug. 23, bringing the back-to-campus rush starting the week of Aug. 16 and continuing through Aug. 22. The majority of the activity involving the return and arrival of thousands of students involves residence hall move-in days, and motorists in the City Campus vicinity are advised of several lane closures and possibly driving delays Aug. 19-22.

Lanes will be closed on 16th, 17th and Vine streets for temporary move-in parking Aug. 19-22. Most students will move in to their halls from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19 and 20. Many students living in the Courtyards at 17th and Vine streets and the Village at 16th and Y streets began moving in Aug. 15.

Students and parents should plan for delays since parking near many residence halls is limited. Students and their helpers have been advised to use drop-off, move-in parking for one hour only near their assigned residence halls, and to visit the UNL Housing move-in website,, for the latest information on assigned parking for each residence hall. The special move-in zones are limited to 1-hour parking; after that, vehicles are required to move to alternative parking locations.

The housing move-in website also has suggestions and tips on what to bring and not to bring and how to move; and checklists, forms and instructions for the check-in process.

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