COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) __ Fall semester classes began Monday at the University of Missouri’s flagship campus after several days of welcoming activities for new and returning students.

School leaders expect a record enrollment near 33,000, but won’t release official numbers until later this week. Students have spent the past several days not just preparing for classes, but also immersed in traditional school activities.

New students spent Friday morning painting the rocks that form the block letter “M” in Memorial Stadium, a tradition that dates to 1927.

Others volunteered with local service agencies on Saturday as part of Step Forward Day. A free concert with pop singer Jason Derulo followed at the Hearnes Center.

New Mizzou students spent Sunday night walking through the Columns on Francis Quadrangle to symbolize their entrance into college.

Copyright The Associated Press


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