The University of Saint Mary campus is about to get busy. The fall semester begins next week.

“It’s always exciting to start another school year,” said USM spokesman John Schultz. 

Schultz said the university is anticipating one of the largest freshmen classes in school history. He said approximately 140 freshmen are expected.

New students will begin moving into residence halls all day Saturday.

There will be a new student orientation Sunday and Monday on campus.

On Monday, numerous USM students will be fanning out across the Leavenworth community doing volunteer service activities as part of the university’s Into the Streets initiative.

The university will host an All-American Eclipse Celebration at noon Monday during the total solar eclipse.

The family-friendly event will include activities for children, music and lunch at the front circle near the water fountain.

The fall matriculation ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Annunciation Chapel on campus. The ceremony welcomes new students with a candle ceremony.

Classes begin Wednesday for the 2017-18 academic year at USM.

The fall semester marks the launch of several new programs, including an undergraduate program on cybersecurity, a new master’s of business degree in information security and a master’s degree in secondary education.

The USM Spires’ football team opens the season at noon Aug. 26 against Trinity Bible College at Charles J. Berkel Memorial Stadium.

The university will hold the Saint Mary Golf Classic Aug. 27 at Dub’s Dread Golf Club in north Kansas City, Kansas.

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