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Opening Weekend for Freshmen

The weekend prior to the first full week of fall classes is called "Opening Weekend." During Opening Weekend, incoming students engage in a variety of social activities, participate in an orientation for their major, and are introduced to their GE100/110 course. GE100/110 is a series of small group meetings led by a specifically trained and selected instructor. GE100/110 continues to meet weekly during the first semester and those meetings are opportunities for real-life, hands-on discussions. Typically, discussion and activities center on such topics as college survival skills, diversity, responsible decision-making, career development, academic support systems, justice and peace issues, and healthy relationships. All incoming freshmen students are required to participate in all Opening Weekend events unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Schervish Dining Centre, David Campus Center

7:30 a.m.–Noon
Resident Student Check-In
David Campus Center
Please review your housing room assignment packet received in the mail for specific instructions on your move in time.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Schervish Dining Centre

12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.
Commuter Student Check-In
David Campus Center

1:15 p.m. 
Students Report to the Front Steps of the Cecchini Health and Wellness Complex 
Please wear the Walsh University shirt provided to you at check-in and dress appropriately. No headwear, please. Parents should proceed directly to the Matriculation Ceremony.  

1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
Matriculation Ceremony
Cecchini Health and Wellness Complex
Matriculation is a formal traditional ceremony with faculty in full regalia, celebrating the mutual partnership to support and challenge students to become leaders in service while pursuing their undergraduate degree. The first year class hereby enters into the learning community that is Walsh University. Students need to wear the Walsh University shirt provided at check in.

2:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Parents Depart

2:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
GE100/GE110
Course location provided at check in
Since this is an academic course, failure to attend may affect the student's course grade.

6 p.m.
Class Picture
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel
Please wear the Walsh University shirt provided at check-in and dress appropriately. No headwear please.

6:15 p.m.
Walsh Welcome Picnic
Hoover Dance Hall, Hoover Park

7 p.m.
First Year Resident Experience Kickoff
Residence Halls
All resident students need to report to their floor for meetings with the Resident Assistant staff.

7 p.m.
First Year Commuter Experience Kickoff
David Campus Center Game Room
All commuter students are to meet in the Game Room for a fun informative gathering about how to succeed as a first year commuter student.

8 p.m.
The First Year Student Social
Towers Connector/Campus Lawn
Residential and commuter students will experience a social with activities for everyone.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Light Breakfast
Alexis Hall and Menard Hall Lobby

11 a.m.
Catholic Mass
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel
All denominations are welcome to attend. Information will also be provided at check-in on Saturday regarding local services for other denominations. Please note that this is not a required event.

12:30 p.m.
Orientation for Majors
All orientations include lunch and are mandatory. Please attend the session for your major.  

  • Business Majors
    Barrette Center A
  • Education Majors
    Barrette Center C
  • Pre-Nursing Majors
    Barrette Center B
  • School of Arts and Sciences Majors
    Math and Science, Compute Science Majors
    Hoover Dance Hall, Hoover Park
    Humanities, Language & Letters, Philosophy & Theology, Fine & Performing Arts, and Undeclared Majors
    Birk Rehearsal Hall, Birk Center for the Arts
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Majors (Psychology, Sociology, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Physical Therapy, BA-MA)
    West Pavilion, Hoover Park 

2 p.m.–7 p.m.
Welcome Back Social
Sponsored by the Walsh University Student Government
Campus Lawn

8 p.m.
Sunday Night Catholic Mass
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel
All denominations are welcome to attend. Information will also be provided at check-in on Saturday regarding local services for other denominations. Please note that this is not a required event.