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Welcome Week!

Marian University officially welcomes new and returning students back to campus each year with a week of fun and entertaining activities. Freshmen arrive to campus on Friday August 16 and returning students move back on Sunday August 18. The campus meal plans begins on Sunday August 18 at lunch. Below is a schedule for the entire week. Please view the calendar for more details.


Dean’s Receptions, 2:30 p.m.           
Alan and Sue Leighton School of Nursing: Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences, School of Nursing Suite
Clark H. Bryum School of Business: Mother Theresa Hackelmeier Memorial Library
School of Education and Exercise Science: Wheeler-Stokely Mansion
School of Liberal Arts: Allison Mansion
School of Mathematics and Sciences: Marian Hall, Science Wing, 2nd floor
All students and their families are invited to join their faculty and academic deans for the opportunity to celebrate the start of the school year.

New Student Convocation, 4 p.m. 
Marian University Theatre
Convocation is the formal celebration of the oath of matriculation for all new students.  Families are invited to watch.

President’s Reception, 5 p.m. 
Mother Theresa Hackelmeier Memorial Library
Immediately following convocation, all students and their families will parade from the Marian University Theatre to the Mother Theresa Hacklemeier Memorial Library for the university time-honored tradition of signing the Matriculation Book.

Residence Hall and Floor Meetings, 7:30 p.m.                
Residence Halls
Meet your Resident Director, Resident Assistant, and other students living in your hall and on your floor.  Get information on resources, policies, and other things you need to know while living on campus.

Playfair, 10 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.                                                                                        
Physical Education Center
Playfair is totally unlike anything else you have ever experienced.  It’s fun!  It’s entertainment!  It’s the perfect way to meet new friends!


New Student Day of Service, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.                                    
Check in at the Franciscan Heritage Fountain
A Marian University tradition!  Get to know and give back to the local community with your fellow students at one of several locations.  

MU Night at Target (38th Street Target), 10 p.m.-midnight                 
Busses depart from Ruth Lilly Student Center
Get all the supplies you need to start the school year.  Target will be open late exclusively for Marian University students.  A free shuttle will depart regularly from the Ruth Lilly Student Center.


Explore Indianapolis, Noon-6 p.m.           
Busses depart from Ruth Lilly Student Center
Busses to downtown Indianapolis will be running all afternoon.  Explore the city and win prizes by participating in a photo scavenger hunt.

Women’s Soccer vs. Alumni, 3 p.m.                                                                      
St. Vincent Health Field
Get to know some of your Marian University Knights as the women’s soccer team takes on a team of alums.

MONDAY, AUGUST 18 First Day of Classes

Back to School Bingo, 7 p.m.          
Alumni Hall
Win back-to-school essentials you may have forgotten and other prizes at our annual bingo game.


Poster Sale, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.                                                                                      
Alumni Hall
Bored with four plain walls?  Check out a wide variety of posters and purchase something to decorate your room.

Ecumenical Prayer Service, 4:30 p.m.                                                      
Allen Whitehill Clowes Amphitheatre
Join the entire Marian University community for an outdoor prayer service.

All Campus BBQ, 5 p.m.                                                                      
Allen Whitehill Clowes Amphitheatre
After the prayer service, stick around and enjoy dinner outside with other students, faculty, and staff to celebrate the start of classes.


Poster Sale, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.                                                                                      
Alumni Hall
Another chance to pick up some new art for your walls.

All-Campus Mass, Noon                                                                       
Bishop Chartrand Memorial Chapel
Join us for the first all-campus mass of the school year.

Rootbeer Kegger and AY Musik Concert, 6-9 p.m.                                
Allen Whitehill Clowes Amphitheatre
Come get a cold treat and enjoy music from AY Musik.  AY Musik was a contestant on X-Factor, and creates powerful, positive music for the world.  You won’t want to miss this high-energy show.  Check them out at www.reverbnation.com/aymusik and facebook.com/aymusik.


Activities Fair,  5-7 p.m.                                                                  
Franciscan Heritage Fountain
There are many ways to get involved here at Marian University. Come meet representatives from student clubs and organizations, campus resource offices, and community partners.

“Drive-in” Movie, 9-11 p.m.                                                              
Indy Cycloplex
Enjoy an outdoor movie and popcorn with your friends at the Cycloplex.


STARR (Students Taking Active Reflective Roles), 3 p.m.   
Meet at the lobby, first floor of Oldenburg Hall
Every Friday afternoon, students gather to serve and reflect upon service to the greater Indianapolis community.

Marian University Night at Indianapolis Indians, 7:15 p.m.                            
Busses depart from Ruth Lilly Student Center
Join your fellow students, faculty, staff, and alumni downtown at Victory Field to cheer on the Indianapolis Indians.  A limited number of free tickets are available.  Find out how to get yours at marian.edu/campus-life/student-activities-and-orientation or on the Student Activities and Orientation Facebook page.


Connections: A First Year Gathering, 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. 
Connections is a full-day experience just for freshmen focusing on Marian’s four Franciscan values and the transition to college life.

Men’s and Women’s Tennis Doubles Tournament, 9 a.m.                                                     
Tennis Courts

Women’s Soccer vs. Brescia, 2 p.m.                                                                        
St.Vincent Health Field
Cheer for the Knights as they take on the Brescia University Bearcats.

Bonfire and S’mores, 9:30 p.m.            
Fire pit between University Hall and New Hall
Enjoy hanging out with your friends and roasting s’mores to wind down Welcome Week.

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