SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State University's Alumni Association welcomed thousands of freshman students to the university Friday during the annual Templo del Sol event.
The event is intended to welcome students "into the Aztec family," according to the Alumni Association. Members of the organization and more than 5,000 new SDSU students walked under the Hepner Hall archway to signify the start of their academic career at the university.
The event is part of the beginning of SDSU's fall 2019 semester, following two days of students moving in to on-campus housing. The university moved more than 7,150 students into campus housing Thursday and Friday, including roughly 800 freshmen into the new Huaxyacac dorm on the campus' western side. Classes will start Aug. 26.
The Templo del Sol event began at 7:30 p.m. It also included a reception at SDSU's Aztec Lanes bowling alley.
The event came one day after campus staff found stickers and fliers promoting a known white nationalist hate group. Staff found the materials at various locations around campus, including the Pride Center and the Women's Resource Center.
Dean of Students Randy Timm has made himself available to speak with concerned students. He said similar materials were found at several campuses across the nation.
“This is a national issue. It is not something that’s specific to SDSU," Timm said. "It is something that’s happened at CSU San Marcos, at San Jose State, Texas A&M, the University of Massachusetts -- it’s everywhere."
Timm said similar materials were found at SDSU last year.
"We’ve had this experience last year as well and we come together as a community," Timm said.