For the seventh consecutive year, “The Drill” will kick off Mississippi State’s fall semester.
“The Drill is a great tradition at MSU that serves as the official welcome to the incoming freshmen class and a welcome back to those upperclassmen.” Thomas Sellars, this year’s Student Association president, said.
The Drill this year will be held today — the first official day of classes for all students — at 5 p.m. on the Drill Field.
In addition to reinforcing MSU traditions, the event will also prepare students for the upcoming athletic seasons.
Speakers for the event include Sellars, head football coach Dan Mullen, MSU alumnus and retired vice president Roy Ruby and President Mark Keenum.
Sellars is excited about the upcoming year at MSU and what students can expect from this event.
“As it has in the past, The Drill will take place on the historic MSU Drill Field on the first day of classes, August 18th. President Keenum along with Coach Dan Mullen will be there to welcome everyone to campus and kick off the school year,” Sellars said.
Keenum said he is excited about The Drill, especially with MSU boasting the highest university graduation rate in the state.
“The Drill is going to get students excited about the upcoming year. It’s going to be a big pep rally and hopefully Coach Dan Mullen will speak,” Keenum said.
The program includes a performance from the Famous Maroon Band, Army and Air Force ROTC, cheerleaders and pom squad.
The academic deans of each of MSU’s colleges will also be on hand to welcome incoming freshmen to their desired majors.
“With record enrollment and a record incoming freshmen class, there
are some very exciting things going on around campus,” Sellars said.
Student Association Vice President Rhett Hobart says The Drill is going to be a great introduction to new students.
“The Drill serves a dual purpose in introducing the students to both the academic and athletic aspects of campus in an exciting atmosphere,” Hobart says.
MSU ice cream will be provided as well as official “2010 Drill” T-shirts, Hobart said.
A new program for MSU, the Stay Dry Coalition, will be equipping students with the historic cowbell.
“This is the first event on campus when the incoming freshmen get to experience what Mississippi State is truly like and about the great history from where it came. Don’t forget to bring your cowbell,” Hobart said.
The event will end with the freshmen signing the MSU Creed, which is a statement reflecting the values students should possess.