Welcome Week 2018 | Marian University

Welcome Week 2018

The Marian University campus community celebrates the start of a new academic year by welcoming new and returning students back to campus with a week of fun and entertaining activities.

Here are some important dates for the start of Fall 2018 classes you'll want to keep in mind.

  • Friday, August 17: First-time freshmen and transfer students can move into their assigned residence halls and rooms.
  • Saturday, August 18: Returning students can move into their residence halls and rooms.

Please view the calendar for full details and Welcome Week events!

Friday, August 17

  • Dean’s Receptions, 2 p.m.
    All new students and their families are invited to meet faculty and academic deans at special receptions for each school.
  • New Student Convocation, 3:15 p.m.
    Marian University Theatre, Marian Hall
    This convocation is when incoming new and transfer students at Marian University take an oath of matriculation. Families are invited to attend. The convocation is held in the Marian University Theatre on the first-floor of Marian Hall.
  • President’s Reception, 4:30 p.m.
    Alumni Hall
    Immediately following convocation, participating students and their families will parade from the Marian University Theatre to the Mother Theresa Hacklemeier Memorial Library for the time-honored tradition of signing the university's matriculation book.
  • Residence Hall and Floor Meetings, 7 p.m.  
    Meet your resident director, resident assistant, and other students living in your residence hall and on your floor. Get information on resources, policies, and other things you need to know about living on campus.
  • Commuter Connections, 7 p.m.
    Alumni Hall, Marian University Bookstore
  • Candle-Light Prayer Service, 8:15 p.m.
  • First-Year Fearless:  Building an Unbreakable Foundation, 9 p.m.
    Alumni Hall

Saturday, August 18

First Day of Service and Leadership, 8:30 a.m.2 p.m.
Check-in at the Marian University Theatre

This is a Marian University tradition! Get to know and give back to the local community. Join your fellow students at one of several locations. In the afternoon, everyone gathers for lunch and a leadership retreat.

  • Come early to select your first-choice service site.
  • Wear comfortable clothing: long pants (recommended) and close-toed shoes (required).
  • You will receive a Day of Service and Leadership T-shirt at check-in. You will have time to change once you’ve checked in and chosen your service site.
  • Dress for the weather. We will serve others regardless of the weather.
  • Transportation, T-shirt, and lunch are provided.

Target Takeover:  Hosted by Theta Phi Alpha 8–10 p.m.
Forget something? Get all the supplies you need to start the school year. A free shuttle will depart regularly from St. Vincent Field. The last shuttle will depart campus at 9 p.m. Join us for pizza, raffle prizes, scavenger hunt, and more. 

Sunday, August 20

  • Rachael’s First Week*, 3 p.m.
    Marian University Theatre, Marian Hall
    This event challenges you to think about the choices you make and to always look out for each other, even strangers. The program encourages a change in culture from approaching college with risk-taking behaviors to one of fun using common sense and caring for friends and strangers alike.
  • Student-Athlete Convocation, 6:30 p.m.
    Marian University Theatre, Marian Hall
    This is a required event for all student-athletes at Marian University. 
  • Mass Before Class, 7:30 p.m.
    Marian Hall, Bishop Chartrand Memorial Chapel
    Join us for an outdoor service. Bringing a blanket to sit on.
  • President’s Ice Cream Social, Following Mass
    Allen Whitehill Clowes Amphitheater
    Enjoy fellowship and frozen treats.
  • Echo, 9 p.m.

Monday, August 20 (first day of classes)

  • Grill Out, Chill Out, 5 p.m.
    Dining Commons
    After the prayer service, stick around and enjoy dinner outside with students, faculty, and staff to celebrate the start of classes. Your meal plan can be used at this event. Don’t forget to stop by the library for free snow cones and a chance to visit the third-floor balcony.
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