Full Schedule of Events

Friday, Aug. 16

3 p.m.

Family Welcome Session

Plaster Student Union Theater

All family members are welcome at this interactive and fun welcome session that explores campus life for your student. Enjoy refreshments and the cool theater after a day of moving in. You don't need to RSVP.

7 p.m.

President's Dessert Reception for New Families

Davis-Harrington Welcome Center

Join President Clif Smart and his wife, Gail, for a dessert reception and mingle with other families of the Class of 2023. Relax after a day of moving in, meet faculty, staff and administrators while your students enjoy Playfair and other activities.

All family members are welcome.


Hammons Student Center

Enjoy this high-energy, interactive event, and the perfect way to make new friends. It's a team building experience that you'll find has a long-lasting, positive start to your college career.

For students only

8:30 p.m.

Rally in the Valley

Hammons Student Center

Supporting student-athletes and athletics is a key part of becoming a Bear. This pep rally will feature coaches, players, and set the stage for the fall sports seasons.

Saturday, Aug. 17

10 a.m.

"See You Later" Brunch

Garst Dining Center or Blair-Shannon Dining Center

It's time for family members to head home. Enjoy a delicious brunch with your students in one of our dining centers before you depart. Up to two family members can eat for free with their students. Additional guests' meals are $6.75 each.

Fraternity and Sorority Life for Parents and Families

Plaster Student Union Theater

What's the FSL experience all about? Parents and families can learn more at this informational session.

1 p.m.

Transfer Students Ice Cream Social

Plaster Student Union Food Court

This is the place to be if you're from another university. Get to know other transfer Bears and enjoy a delicious ice cream bar.

2 p.m.

Ice Cream Social for All Students

North Mall Patio

This social event is brought to you by the Association of Black Collegians.

Fraternity and Sorority Life 101

Freudenberger House Courtyard

Discover how to get involved with Greek organizations on campus.

3 p.m.

Common Reader Discussion

Meyer Library

For book lovers: Discuss the 2019-2020 common reader, "Station Eleven," and how it relates to the public affairs mission.

4 p.m.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Meyer Library

Rest is important. Take a break from moving in and relax with us at this quiet event.

7:30 p.m.

Bear Bash

North Mall and Plaster Student Union

Roar at Bear Bash with the sounds of Brass and Sass, carnival games, pizza, popcorn, sno cones and other goodies.

The night includes a caricature artist, game rooms, hypnotist, snacks, crafts, dueling pianos and more. The first 1,000 students who pick up a T-shirt ticket will receive a Bear Bash T-shirt.

Sunday, Aug. 18

2 p.m.

New Student Convocation

JQH Arena

It's the official academic welcome and tradition. You'll learn what it means to be a #CitizenBear and discover what's ahead for you. Immediately following the event, take the traditional Bear Walk to New Student Festival.

3 p.m.

New Student Festival

Plaster Student Union

Almost 200 student organizations are here to help you connect. You'll find an organization that's right for you.

5 p.m.


Foster Recreation Center

Join the office of multicultural programs for the annual cookout that showcases diverse student organizations and initiatives.

7 p.m.

Concert on the Green

Plaster Stadium

The Pride Band closes the weekend with an evening concert at the home of the Football Bears. This event is free and open to the public.