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Thousands of new University of Arizona students gathered at the UA Mall for a welcome back event before they head to class on Monday.

The UA hosted the new student convocation ceremony for incoming freshmen and transfer students as an official welcome back to campus. It's the first time the event was held at the UA Mall and drew thousands of students Sunday evening.

"We hosted it in McKale for many many years but we needed to make a change this year due to the renovations that are taking place. So it gave us the opportunity to think outside the box and plan something a little different," said Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Kasey Urquidez.

Approximately 7,800 freshmen will begin school on Monday. It's the largest incoming group of freshmen the UA has ever seen.

Students watched a short film about UA campus traditions as the UA Pep Band cheered on. Associated Students President Issac Ortega hosted the event.

Welcome back events did not end on Sunday. The UA will host its first "Bear Down Downtown" event on Wednesday as part of its 100 percent student engagement initiative. The event will connect students with job and internship opportunities at Sun Link streetcar stops.

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