Nearly 100 University of Alabama students gathered on the steps of the main campus library to pray for the victims of the tornado that destroyed parts of their city of Tuscaloosa.
Earlier, university President Robert Witt confirmed two students are among the dead.
Most students in T-shirts and jeans and weary after a day without power broke into small groups to pray together Thursday. Nearby, some snapped tree branches remained on the ground.
The university of more than 30,000 students also announced Thursday that commencement has been moved to Aug. It also canceled next week's final exams.