students wearing masks on ASU's Tempe campus

Photo gallery: ASU welcome activities and first days of class for fall 2020

Most school years kick off at Arizona State University with football games, monsoon storms and a jam-packed Sun Devil Welcome rally at the basketball arena.

But this is 2020.

Life on campus will look decidedly different as the ASU community adjusts to the realities of learning in the era of COVID-19. There are, however, plenty of traditions and social events happening as the university offers students a full slate of welcome activitiesSome of those events — such as the iconic Sun Devil Welcome — were shifted to a virtual format. But others are in-person activities in small-group settings, with face coverings and physical distancing. 

Here, we've captured photos and screenshots from a sampling of the scores of welcome events. Life is different, but Sun Devils still shine bright — even with face coverings on.

Check back as we add more photos.

Top photo: Aerospace engineering senior Pranjul Nagpal (right) gives a tour of the campus to engineering first-year students (from left) Trevor Johnson, Bayley Helfrich and Limary Rodriguez on Aug. 15. Nearly 1,300 out-of-town students joined more than 10,500 others in moving into the Tempe campus residence halls. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now