CHICO, Calif. -

Students and parents gathered Friday to mark the official start of the school year.

The welcome ceremony started at 9 a.m. at University Stadium, followed by the official class photo.  Chico President Paul Zingg & Associated Students President Taylor Herren welcomed students to the university and introduced to the unique features of the CSU, Chico campus and community

Students also had a chance to connect with some of CSU, Chico's extracurricular activities.

A reception for parents was scheduled for the Alumni Glen from 9 to 11 a.m.  

Other welcome events will be held throughout the day.

Classes at Chico State start Monday.