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Welcome Week Schedule

Check out all that 2016 Welcome Week has to offer!

Most events are optional. Some are required.

ALL are designed to make you feel at home.

Required events for First Year Students:

Sunday, August 14
4:00 p.m. Small Group Meeting, Experience KnoxVOL, Torch Night & New Student Picnic

Monday, August 15
3:00 p.m. Small Group Meeting, Life of the Mind Discussion & Activity

Note: all events listed below have coordinates associated – locate the letter that is listed next the event and number on the map found here. The location each event occurs in will be found within this area of the map.

Click here for a listing of campus building codes.

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
First-Year Commuter Summit
Panhellenic 106;  campus map J3
You don’t have to live on campus to make the most of your first year here at UT! To ensure the quality of the first-year experience, Off-Campus and Commuter Services provides programs and services to support commuter students and their experiences. First-year commuters are invited to kick-off Welcome Week with a Commuter Check-In & Lunch followed by the Commuter Challenge before you head to small group meetings.

4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Small Group Meetings & Experience KnoxVOL

All first year students will receive an email with details regarding your small group meeting time and location closer to move-in.

You’re now living in “the 865” and we’re excited for you to Experience KnoxVOL! This event at HSS Plaza will focus on all of the great things Knoxville has to offer; including local radio stations, area businesses, restaurants, games, giveaways, and fun!

*First Year Students will alternate attending Small Group Meetings and Experience KnoxVOL.  Details will be provided in your email. 

7:00-7:30 p.m.
Torch Night
Thompson-Boling Arena;  campus map K8
Torch Night is a Tennessee tradition that has been observed since 1925 when all new students were formally welcomed to the University community. Each fall, the upperclassmen symbolically pass down the Torch of Preparation to the freshman class at Torch Night.

7:30 p.m.
New Student Picnic
HSS Plaza
All first year students will proceed to the event following the conclusion of Torch Night for hot dogs and hamburgers with the Class of 2020!

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Be Smart, Be Safe, Be a Vol Welcome Week Edition
Alumni Memorial Building 210, campus map K5
If you weren’t able to attend Be Smart, Be Safe, Be a Vol during orientation, this is your opportunity to learn more about being an active bystander and making smart social choices as a Vol and beyond. Remember- Vols Help Vols!

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Volunteers Speak UP! Introduction to Speaking UP!
Hodges Library 253,
campus map J5

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Meet a Vol, Have a Ball!
Hodges Library, 2nd Floor,
campus map J5 

Enter our ball pit or take a seat. Most importantly, make a friend. The conversation starters are printed on the balls. Free swag includes UT Libraries posters featuring our mascot, Smokey.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Volunteers Speak UP! Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP)
Hodges Library 253,
campus map J5

12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Clash of the Classes
HSS East,
campus map J6

3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Small Group Meeting & Life of the Mind Discussion

All first year students will receive an email with details regarding your small group meeting time and location.

5:30 p.m.
Life of the Mind Event

Thompson-Boling Arena;  campus map K8

Scott Kelly, the US astronaut who recently returned from a record-breaking year in space, will help launch the 2016-17 academic year at UT by speaking at the annual Welcome Week Life of the Mind celebration.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Volunteers Speak UP! Introduction to Speaking UP!
Hodges Library 253,
campus map J5

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Meet a Vol, Have a Ball!
Hodges Library, 2nd Floor,
campus map J5

Enter our ball pit or take a seat. Most importantly, make a friend. The conversation starters are printed on the balls. Free swag includes UT Libraries posters featuring our mascot, Smokey.

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
RecFest
TRECS, campus map F7

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
SGA Presents: Slap the Rock
The Rock, campus map H7

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Volunteers Speak UP! Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP)
Hodges Library 253,
campus map J5

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Class Schedule Tours
Kroger Campus Blitz
Pedestrian Walkway,
campus map I5 and J5

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Center for Career Development Open House
Student Union, campus map K5

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Meet a Vol, Have a Ball!
Hodges Library, 2nd Floor, campus map J5

Enter our ball pit or take a seat. Most importantly, make a friend. The conversation starters are printed on the balls. Free swag includes UT Libraries posters featuring our mascot, Smokey.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Chancellor’s Honors Program Induction Ceremony
Cox Auditorium, Alumni Memorial Building, campus map K5

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Business Analytics Society Meet and Greet
Haslam Business Building, campus map J5

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
MSL Welcome Back Celebration
Frieson Black Cultural Center, campus map H5

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Beyond Borders Dance Party
International House, campus map I5

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Welcome Student Veterans
Veteran Resource Center (Dunford Hall 2417), campus map J4

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
Welcome Back Celebration
Min Kao Building,
campus map M4

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Meet a Vol, Have a Ball!
Hodges Library, 2nd Floor, campus map J5

Enter our ball pit or take a seat. Most importantly, make a friend. The conversation starters are printed on the balls. Free swag includes UT Libraries posters featuring our mascot, Smokey.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hot Dogs with the Deans
Pedestrian Walkway, campus map I5 and J5

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Meet a Vol, Have a Ball!
Hodges Library, 2nd Floor, campus map J5

Enter our ball pit or take a seat. Most importantly, make a friend. The conversation starters are printed on the balls. Free swag includes UT Libraries posters featuring our mascot, Smokey.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Center for Leadership & Service Interest Session
Fred Brown Hall Multipurpose Room,
campus map H5

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Campus Events Board presents the blockbuster film “Interstellar”
Cox Auditorium, Alumni Memorial Building, campus map K5

6:00 p.m.
Meet the Greeks
Panhellenic Building,
campus map J3

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Welcome Back Commuters!
G-10 Parking Garage at the Neyland Drive entrance

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Meet a Vol, Have a Ball!
Hodges Library, 2nd Floor,
campus map J5

Enter our ball pit or take a seat. Most importantly, make a friend. The conversation starters are printed on the balls. Free swag includes UT Libraries posters featuring our mascot, Smokey.

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Dunford Hall Open House
We’ll have free food, music, and giveaways. You can talk to staff and students as well as grab resources to learn more about each office.
Dunford Hall (first and second floor),
campus map J4

The following offices are participating:

  • Off-Campus and Commuter Services
  • Center for Leadership and Service
  • Center for Student Engagement
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Office of Disability Services
  • Student Government Association
  • Student Union Administration

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Pride Center Open House
Between Hess Hall and Hodges Library

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
McClung After Dark
McClung Museum, campus map J7


Big Orange Friday

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Welcome Back Commuters!
G-16 Parking Garage

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Student Health “WELL”come Back Cookout
Student Health Building,
campus map H7

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Freshman Feast

Frieson Black Cultural Center, campus map H5

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Engineering Mentor Program Egg Drop
John D. Tickle Building,
campus map M6

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Student Engagement Fair
Pedestrian Walkway, campus map I5 and J5

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Campus Events Board presents Vol Night Long, a monthly event featuring free food, games, and giveaways!
Humanities Plaza and Amphitheater, campus map J6

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