Nearly 1,000 new Mustangs moved into SMU residence halls on Wednesday, August 15, unloading packed boxes, laundry baskets and suitcases with the help of families, friends and SMU students and staff. The first-year students left Thursday for Mustang Corral, a three-day retreat in the Texas Hill Country.

“Everything went great,” said Zach Swanger, from Scottsdale, Arizona, after he finished moving into his room at Virginia-Snider Hall. “Everybody has been so helpful and friendly. I’m excited to be on campus.”

“Move-In Day is a time of new beginnings and limitless possibilities,” said Lori White, vice president for student affairs. “But it’s also a day of goodbyes and missing each other, even before those final goodbyes are exchanged. I encourage parents, on your drive or flight back home, to make plans to come back to SMU for Family Weekend in September, when you’ll see your students adjusting to college and settling in to campus life.”

Angel and Rob Rice of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, moved their daughter, Savannah, into a room at Virginia-Snider. “I’m a little overwhelmed at the thought of saying goodbye,” Angel Rice said, “but we’ll be returning to campus Sunday for Rotunda Passage and Convocation, so we’ll have one more day together. And we’ll definitely be back for Family Weekend.”

The SMU Mothers’ and Dads’ Clubs sponsored “Thirst-Aid” stations near the residence halls, where parents picked up cool drinks and checked out dollies and tools.  Dads’ Club President Robert Ray ’87 delivered water to families and volunteers on a golf cart.

“We all remember that first Move-In Day with our students – feeling excited and a little sad, too,” said Kelly Mattingly, Mothers’ Club president. “It’s so rewarding to welcome new SMU families and be able to offer a hand.”