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Welcome Week 2021

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 events and activities.

Click here to view our 2021 Welcome Week schedule

New Student Convocation

  • Friday, August 20, 3:00 p.m.
    Arena & Convocation Center
    Attending convocation is a tradition for all new students. It is our induction ceremony where you will officially become a Knight! Families are welcome and livestreaming will be available for families unable to join in person. We ask that students dress business casual for this event.

  • President's Reception, 4:30 p.m.
    Alumni Hall & Outdoor Tent
    Immediately following convocation, head over to Alumni Hall for our President's reception, where you'll have the opportunity to meet and greet with our university leadership, faculty, and fellow incoming students and families. Parents and families are invited!

Featured Events

  • First KNIGHT Carnival
    Friday at 9:00 p.m., Franciscan Heritage Fountain
    Music, carnival games, prizes, snacks, and more! Kick off the year with a night of fun and meeting new people.
  • ComMUnity Day
    Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
    ComMUnity Day is focused on service and leadership at MU! During this event, you’ll jumpstart your service and leadership journey while building connections with your classmates.
  • Target Takeover
    Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
    Get all the supplies you need to start the school year. A free shuttle will depart regularly from Doyle Hall. The last shuttle will depart campus at 9:30 p.m. Join us for pizza, raffle prizes, and more.
  • Outdoor Movie Night
    Saturday at 9:30 p.m., Allen Whitehill Clowes Amphitheater
    Join us for an outdoor movie at the amphitheater.
  • President’s Ice Cream Social
    Sunday at 8:00 p.m., Allen Whitehill Clowes Amphitheater
    Enjoy fellowship and frozen treats.
  • Grill Out, Chill Out
    Monday at 7:00 p.m., Dining Commons Patio
    After your first day of classes, enjoy dinner with students, faculty, and staff to celebrate the start of classes. Your meal plan can be used at this event. Then, join your peers for fun and games outside the dinning commons.
  • Back to School Bingo
    Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Alumni Hall
    Load up on school supplies and other prizes with some fun games of Bingo.
  • Root Beer Kegger
    Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., Caito-Wagner Hall
    Get a cold drink and play some yard games at this annual event hosted by the Office of Residential and Commuter Life.
  • The Big Event
    Thursday at 7:00 p.m., Allen Whitehill Clowes Amphitheater
    Hosted by the Office of Campus Ministry, The Big Event is an opportunity for all students to enjoy some live bands, free t-shirts, and food truck treats.
  • Faculty Friday Night & Coffee House
    August 27 at 7:00 p.m., Alumni Hall
    Similar to a TED-Talk, Marian University faculty lead this Friday night tradition, including free Starbucks to attendees. Then, check out one of Marian University’s favorite events sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. Each Coffee House will feature a professional performer. 
  • Splash Day
    August 28 at 1:00 p.m., Franciscan Heritage Fountain
    Summer is officially over, but we have one more event to have some summer fun and celebrate a successful first week. Join us for lots of splash-filled fun and games outside near the fountain.

More Events & Activities

  • President's Reception
  • Matriculation Book Signing
  • Candle Lit Prayer Service
  • Finding Classes with OLs
  • Floor Meetings & Commuter Meeting
  • Rachael's First Week
  • Student Athlete Convocation
  • Mass Before Class
  • First Day Photos
  • Personalized Learning Center Session
  • Majors & Minors Fair
  • Fitness Center Open House
  • All Campus Mass
  • Library Open House
  • Eco Lab Hikes

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