Beginning August 15, this year’s Welcome Weeks will feature a wide variety of events, including a flatwater canoe trip with the Outdoor Adventure Program; a Farmer’s Market at The Commons; a part-time job fair; a workshop on championing inclusive communities; a DIY Herb Garden Seminar taught by VCUDine’s Registered Dietitian; tours of key campus locations like the James Branch Cabell Library and VCU’s Institute of Contemporary Art; special programs for first-generation college students, as well as adult learners and non-traditional students; and a birria taco tasting event at the Shafer Court Dining Center.
“Our 2022 Welcome Weeks schedule features more than 170 events designed to help students make friends, find clubs and connect with VCU’s vast resources and programs,” said Carole Dowell, Director of University Student Commons and Activities. “We are extremely excited to warmly welcome all of our new students to campus by connecting them to these inclusive and accessible WoW events.”
The full list of Weeks of Welcome events can be viewed on RamsConnect, a platform that allows students to view the full calendar and register for events, as well as access a student directory, online feed direct and direct to student organizations.
Here are some of the highlights of Welcome Weeks this year:
MCV Campus Hospitality Lounge
Friday, August 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Larrick Student Center (900 Turpin Street)
All graduate, professional, and MCV campus students are invited to the MCV Campus Welcome Fair at the Larrick Student Center to learn about opportunities to participate in campus life through student organizations, departments, and programs of VCU. Giveaways, free lunches and fun activities highlight this year’s fair, with dozens of tables to stop and learn about MCV campus resources.
Saturday, August 20, 3-6 p.m., Cary Street Field (1106 W. Cary St.)
Join VCU on Cary Street Field for games, food, fun, performances and prizes. Carnival games, amusement park rides, inflatables, photo booths and carnival prizes will await students on Cary Street Field. Students are requested to pre-register for the event.
New Student Snack, Ram Spirit Walk and Block Party
Monday, August 22, 4-8 p.m., Monroe Park (620 W. Main St.)
The Convocation of New Students is the official welcome of the Class of 2026 to the VCU college community and the official start of the academic year for all students. Attendees will hear remarks from VCU leaders, including VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D.
Immediately after the new student convocation, there will be the Ram Spirit Walk, a VCU tradition in which students walk alongside the Monroe Park Peppas spirit group at a block party. The block party will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will feature a DJ, live cover band, inflatables, and a free dinner for VCU students.
Tuesday August 23, 10am-1pm, La Boussole
VCU is a place like no other, and all Rams are unique. This event, organized by University Relations, will give the VCU community the opportunity to demonstrate what makes them undeniably themselves. At The Compass – located between Cabell Library, Hibbs Hall and Shafer Court – students, faculty and staff can have their photo taken individually or with friends, and collect a free new VCU t-shirt and other goodies.
Student Organizations and Volunteer Opportunities Fair (SOVO)
Friday, August 26, 3-6 p.m., Monroe Park
The Student Organizations and Volunteer Opportunities Fair will be an opportunity to discover hundreds of student organizations, departments and community organizations. Held in Monroe Park, the annual SOVO show is a great way to find ways to get involved with VCU and the Richmond community. Registration is not compulsory.
International beach party
Saturday, August 27, 3 to 7 p.m., Cary Street Field
Inflatable water slides, slides and slides, water slingshots, water sprayers and a selection of beach-inspired food will be among the attractions at the International Beach Party. This will be an opportunity for new students to engage and meet other students while learning about the resources and programs offered by VCU’s RecWell and Outdoor Adventure program.
Block party on the MCV campus
Thursday, September 8, 3-6 p.m., Larrick Student Center
Held in front of the Larrick Student Center, the MCV Campus Block Party will feature fun games, local food truck vendors and music. MCV campus students are encouraged to get out and connect with other students and enjoy the celebration.
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