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Welcome Week Schedule

Check out all that 2017 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 20

3:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. – New Vol Welcome, Small Group Meeting, New Student Picnic, Torch Night, & Rocky Top Rally

Monday, August 21

4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. – Small Group Meeting & VolFair

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.

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
LLC Block Party
Fred Brown Courtyard

We want to be the first to welcome our Living and Learning Community students to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Join us on August 18th in Fred Brown Courtyard from 6:30-8:30pm for an all LLC Block Party. Get to know your classmates in an atmosphere of fun, Italian ice, and music. First come, first served.

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
First-Year Commuter Summit
Panhellenic 106

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.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
UT T-Shirt Swap
Thompson-Boling Arena

You are a Vol now. You should be sporting your orange and white, not your old high school t-shirt, and DEFINITELY not another university’s gear. Bring your old high school t-shirts or shirts from other colleges and swap them out for your Volunteer swag (one per person while supplies last). Used shirts will be donated to charity.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
New Vol Welcome 
Thompson-Boling Arena

New Vol Welcome provides a common experience that also serves as your first taste of UT. All students will hear from our university faculty, staff, and student leaders to learn more about what it means to be a UT Volunteer. You may get the opportunity to ask questions.

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Small Group Meetings & New Student Picnic

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

All first year students will proceed to the HSS Plaza for hot dogs and hamburgers with the Class of 2021!

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Torch Night & Rocky Top Rally 
Thompson-Boling Arena

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.

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Big Water Rafting #1
Ocoee River

Come raft this classic southeastern river with the Outdoor Program.

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Eclipse Programming
Ayres Lawn

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Small Group Meeting & Special Welcome to UT Activity

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

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
BCPC’s Caribbean Splash Jam Pool Party 

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
University Housing Floor Meetings
Assigned Residence Hall


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
General Wellness Program
Center for Health Education & Wellness


11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Kroger Campus Blitz
Pedestrian Walkway


12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Come find out what all RecSports has to offer!

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Center for Career Development Open House – Eclipse After-Party
Center for Career Development, 2nd Level Student Union

Don’t let your career go dark!
Visit the Center for Career Development Office to shine light on your career path! Pick up your planner for the 2017-2018 year. Tour the facility and enjoy food, giveaways, and get a caricature drawn of you in your future career by a professional artist. Register for Hire-A-VOL at the event to get a free t-shirt. Learn about what skills employers want, and identify ways to gain those competencies and enter to win a VOL Shop Gift Card. Career Development staff will be on hand to show you how to use assessments and resources to explore major and career options, and gain experience through part-time jobs, internships, and full-time jobs.

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Class Schedule Tours
Pedestrian Walkway 


3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Volunteers Speak UP!
Center for Health Education & Wellness


4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Political Science Class of 2021 Meet and Greet
1010 McClung Tower

Welcome Class of 2021 to the Political Science Department at UT! Meet your faculty and learn more about opportunities for Political Science majors. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.


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


6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Slap the Rock with SGA
The Rock

Come join the Student Government Association in the annual Slap the Rock event. This is great time to participate in this wonderful tradition and meet and greet your Student Body President while enjoying free popsicles.


6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
United Residence Halls Council
Presidential Court

Welcome students to campus with food, music, and prizes.


7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Beyond Borders Dance Party
International House

International food, music, and dance! American and international students are invited to join the International House as we celebrate the diverse cultures represented at UT with our annual dance party.

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Welcome Back for Veteran Students
Veterans Resource Center – Ground Floor of Hodges Library Room G020

Please stop by for light refreshments while visiting us in the new Veterans Resource Center.

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Vol Dining Vendors Day
Pedestrian Walkway

The Sampling Fair will be an event that showcases products that Vol Dining offers at our Campus POD Market locations. We will feature free samples and games courtesy of our vendors. We will have representatives from Mayfield, 7UP, General Mills, and more.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Volunteers Speak UP!
Hodges Library, Room 253

Learn how to become an active bystander in this short interactive program! VOLS HELP VOLS!

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Meet the Greeks (Multicultural Greek Council & NPHC)
Panhellenic Building 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Know the Standard
Hodges 253

Alcohol education program that engages students in activities to learn more about standard drinks.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hot Dogs with the Deans
Pedestrian Walkway

Come get hot dogs and mingle with the staff in our Dean of Students Office!

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Volunteers Speak UP! Active Bystander Program
South Carrick Hall, Tennessee Room

Learn how to become an active bystander in this short interactive program! VOLS HELP VOLS!

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Pride Center Open House
Pride Center

The Open House is an opportunity for LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff and allies to join in community and show support for the Pride Center.  Stop by for free pizza and to purchase a Vol Means All t-shirt!

Big Orange Friday

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Welcome Back Celebration by Systers: Women in EECS
Min Kao Building – 4th Floor Lobby

Join us for Systers’ annual back-to-school event! The Welcome Back Celebration features:

  • An employer and student organization booth fair
  • Lab tours showcasing the research conducted by EECS students and faculty
  • Demonstrations of student and industry projects
  • Information sessions on student involvement opportunities in EECS
  • Raffle prizes and pizza!

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Student Health “Well”come Back Cookout
Student Health Building Lawn

An open house that gives students an opportunity to learn more about the services provided by the Student Health Center, the Student Counseling Center, and the Center for Health Education & Wellness.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Volunteers Speak UP! Active Bystander Program
Clement Hall, Tutoring Room

Learn how to become an active bystander in this short interactive program! VOLS HELP VOLS!

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Know the Standard
Fred Brown Hall, 146C

Alcohol education program that engages students in activities to learn more about standard drinks.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Ignite Reunion
Greve Horseshoe

Miss all the fun you had at Ignite? Want to have the chance to meet your TL again and see everyone on your Ignite Team? Join the Ignite Staff and your fellow Ignitees as we kick off your first year at UT with pizza and some Ignite fun!

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Student Engagement Fair
Pedestrian Walkway

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Vol Night Long
Humanities Plaza

Campus Events Board presents Vol Night Long, a monthly event featuring free food, games, and giveaways!

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