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RIVERSIDE (Aug. 30, 2013)—California Baptist University's Class of 2017 arrived Aug. 29 for New Student Orientation, five days before the start of the fall semester. The group promises to be the largest class in CBU history, although numbers will not be reported until registration is completed in late September.

Freshman and transfer students checked in Aug. 29, moved into residential facilities and attended a welcome dinner on the front lawn. Later, they participated in the traditional Kugel Walk. CBU tradition calls for newly enrolled students to touch the Kugel, a floating granite globe structure that symbolizes the Great Commission, as they begin their educational experience at CBU and again on commencement day. The evening concluded with dessert served on the front lawn.

FOCUS groups – short for "First-Year Orientation &Christian University Success" – begin on Aug. 30 to help acclimate students to campus life. With the departure of parents at 5 p.m., the FOCUS groups will be a support group for students as they begin their first semester at CBU. The weekend will be filled with activities such as service projects, CBU Price Is Right, a men's soccer game and a concert.

Fall 2013 classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 3.