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Welcome Week

Welcome Week processional led by bagpipes player

Welcome Week — New Student Orientation

Welcome Week is SBU’s new student orientation program. Welcome Week will take place August 17 through August 20 for fall 2023 incoming students.

Welcome Week provides a great opportunity for new students, both freshmen and transfer students, to become better acquainted with SBU and with one another. The weekend’s events will help you meet new friends, make the transition academically, and provide opportunities for you to begin thinking about what it means to follow Christ in a collegiate environment.

Fall 2024 Welcome Week Schedule

Friday, August 16

8:00am - 1:00pm Move-in and Registration
11:30am - 1:00pm Lunch (Marketplace)
1:30-2:15pm Meet Your Welcome Week Group
1:30-2:15pm Supporting Your Student (Parent Panel)
2:45pm Meet the President  (Parents and Students)
3:15pm Say Goodbye for Now (Forum)
3:30pm Start lining up for processional (attended by faculty and staff)
3:45pm New Student Processional into Pike Auditorium
4:00pm Welcome Session (Dr. Woodyard, VP of Student Life)
4:30pm Group Time
5:00pm - 6:30pm Dinner
7:00pm Dorm Activities

Saturday, August 17

7:30am - 9:15am Breakfast
9:30am Worship in Pike Auditorium, Announcements, Pathify Overview
10:30am Campus Tour
11:30am Lunch
1:00pm Free Time
5:00pm - 8:00pm Woodyard's Front Yard (Dr. Woodyard's Home)

Sunday, August 18

10:00am Church
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Free Time
6:30pm Fall Semester Campus-Wide Meeting (Pike Auditorium)
7:45-9:00pm Reunion in the Union

What Students Are Saying

"Welcome Week helped me feel like I was already part of a group before classes even started. It helped me see a familiar face even if I didn't know them that well." — Landree Garrison

"My Welcome Week group was basically my first friend group on campus. Having that group to live life with the first semester was incredibly impactful. My leaders reach out to me to this day and communicate with us honestly, which made the whole experience even more impactful." — Addison Palmer

"Welcome Week helped me get comfortable with SBU. It helped me get out of my shell and gave me knowledge about the new clubs I've joined. It showed me that there are people who I can go to if I need help or someone to talk to." — Angela Anderson

Welcome Week Steering Committee

Allie Weaver

Allie Weaver
Director

Brett Henry

Brett Henry
Community
Connections

Ella Metcalf

Ella Metcalf
Business
Connections

Elizabeth Neasby

Elizabeth Neasby
Servant Leader
Connections

Photo Gallery

Check out these pictures from past Welcome Week events to get a glimpse of all the fun you will have when you come to SBU Welcome Week!

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