UND Readies For ‘Welcome Weekend’

2012 University of North Dakota freshman class photo, taken at old Memorial Stadium on campus in August 2012.
2012 University of North Dakota freshman class photo, taken at old Memorial Stadium on campus in August 2012.

It’s that time of year again!

Students are flocking to campus to begin the 2013-2014 academic year.

As always “Welcome Weekend” will provide information, events and activities to help students feel right at home. This year programs and events will be offered throughout the entire first week of classes, rather than just the first weekend. In addition, because Labor Day weekend is the weekend right after school begins this year, programming is offered all throughout Labor Day weekend as well.

Key Events

Saturday, Aug. 24:

• Students will have the chance to unpack and get settled in to their residence halls. Students are able to check in starting at 8 a.m.

• At every residence hall, there will be a “Stop, Drop and Go” site. This means students and their families can park temporarily next to their assigned hall and student volunteers will be there to help unload luggage.

• If you need a helping hand look for volunteers wearing “I ‘heart’ UND” t-shirts. The Hall Orientation Team, Student Ambassadors, Fraternity and Sorority members, Student-Athletes, University Program Council and Army ROTC, along with UND faculty and staff will be assisting with the move in process this year.

• Throughout the day, campus leaders will be riding in GEM cars greeting students and families, along with distributing bottles of water and “Proud UND Parent” buttons.

NOTE: Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown and UND President Robert Kelley will riding in GEM #1, “The President’s Car,” handing out water bottles on campus, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 25:

• Students will be able to go out and locate their classes. Groups will go out every 15 minutes from the Memorial Union Info Desk from noon-3 p.m. Students are asked to bring their class schedules.

• At 7 p.m., students will gather at the Memorial Stadium for a Pep Rally and Class of 2017 group photo. The Pep Rally will feature student-athletes, coaches, UND’s Pride of the North Marching Band and the cheer and dance teams. Hosting the Pep Rally at Memorial Stadium allows students to experience the tradition and history of UND Athletics.

• Starting at 8 p.m. the Memorial Union will host activities including a street dance with the band 32 Below and Them & Us, featuring Killa Kela and Ami Carmine, plus inflatables, a movie, billiards and of course, free food.

Monday, Aug. 26:

• Students will meet for Convocation at the Chester Fritz Auditorium at 2 p.m. Just as Commencement marks the conclusion of each student’s educational journey at UND, Convocation will mark the beginning. This year’s Convocation will include messages from President Kelley, Lori Reesor, vice president for student affairs; and faculty member Joe Vacek. In addition, two short videos will be shown: one highlighting the student experience both in and out of the classroom, and the second highlighting the history and traditions of UND.

• Finally, as students exit Convocation, they will receive a diploma cover, reminding them that their goal as students is to graduate and place their diploma inside of their diploma cover.

• As a place holder for now, they will receive a copy of the Class of 2017 photo that was taken the night before at the Pep Rally.

• At 4 p.m. classes begin. Those that have classes at or after 4 p.m. are asked to report to their scheduled classrooms.

For more detailed information, check out the “Welcome Weekend” schedule, or contact Kristi Okerlund at 701.777.6468 or kristi.okerlund@UND.edu.


By Kate Menzies, University & Public Affairs student writer

David L. Dodds
Media Relations/Writer & Editor
Office of University Relations
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144
701.777.5529 | 701.777.4616 fax