Welcome Week: Schedule of Events

Bolded events are required for the student groups listed in parentheses after the event.

  • Residential Students – anyone who will be living on campus
  • Commuter Students – students who will be commuting to and from campus
  • First-year Students – students beginning their first college semester at Wittenberg
  • Incoming Students – students beginning their first semesters at Wittenberg in Fall 2021, includes transfer students and first-year college students
  • Transfer Students – students who have transferred to Wittenberg
  • Honors Program Students – students who have been admitted into the Honors Program

**Donation Drive** - We will be partnering with the Second Harvest Food Bank for our Welcome Week service activity, and encourage all of those who are able to bring a non-perishable food item to donate. Please see the list of most needed food items for more information!

Thursday, August 26

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.Move-In (residential students)
12:30–1:00 p.m.Commuter student and family tour, meet at Student Center front desk
1:00 p.m.Women's Soccer scrimmage, Edwards-Maurer Field
1:00–3:00 p.m.“Info. Hub” available, Student Center
Incoming students planning to work on campus can bring appropriate identification documents and complete tax paperwork at the Info. Hub!

Tour Campus Cupboard and “Witt Fitz” resources

1:00–3:00 p.m.Interfaith Drop-In, Chapel Lawn Tent
Meet leaders and staff from Weaver Chapel and from Jewish Culture Club, and learn about interfaith opportunities
1:00–2:15 p.m.Commuter student and family lunch, Central Dining Room (CDR)
1:00–4:00 p.m.Campus tours available
Tours will start from the Admissions office in Recitation Hall at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.
2:30–3:30 p.m.Commuter Student Meeting (commuter students), Shouvlin 105
4:00–4:45 p.m.Welcome Ceremony (incoming students - families are welcomed to join!), Commencement Hollow (rain site – Pam Evans Smith Arena) UPDATE: event moved to the rain site
5:00–6:15 p.m.Dinner with Welcome Week Support Team (WWST) – Optional, CDR
Student meals are provided throughout Welcome Week – families may purchase meals at the CDR on 8/26. Meals are $9.75/person. Students and families can also click here for a list of off-campus, local dining options!
6:15–6:30 p.m.Families depart
6:45–7:45 p.m.Welcome Week Support Team (WWST) Meeting #1 (incoming students), assigned classrooms
8:00–9:15 p.m.Residence Hall meetings (residential students living in Residence Halls), Commencement Hollow (rain site – individual Residence Halls)
8:00–9:15 p.m.Traveling Tiger Mix and Mingle (commuter students), Geil Lounge, Student Center
Join us in Geil Lounge (lower level of the Student Center) to get to know your fellow commuter classmates! You will be able to learn about opportunities for connection on campus, and life as a commuter student! Light snacks will be served.
9:30–11:00 p.m.Dr. Jim Wand, Hypnotist, Pam Evans Smith Arena, HWA
10:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m.Late Night hall programs, Residence Halls

Friday, August 27

8:00–9:30 a.m.Central Dining Room (CDR) open for breakfast
9:30–10:15 a.m.Meet with WWST group, assigned classrooms
Complete “to-do” items (e.g. parking pass pick-up, ID photos, etc.), get connected with campus offices, ask any questions that have come up after your first night on campus!
10:00–11:00 a.m.First-generation student reception, Geil Lounge, Student Center
If you are the first in your family to attend college, please join us for a first-generation student reception in Geil Lounge (lower level of the Student Center)! You will meet first-generation faculty and staff and learn about our first-generation honor society, Tri-Alpha. Light snacks will be served.
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.Service activity, Chapel Lawn Tent
Join the Hagen Center for Civic and Urban Engagement to participate in a service project for the Springfield community! Drop by to help create a mural for the Second Harvest Food Bank – no artistic experience necessary! The mural will be given to Second Harvest as a way to show our appreciation for their partnership with Wittenberg. During this event, students can also learn about Wittenberg’s commitment to civic engagement and drop off their non-perishable food donations!
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.Witt Olympics, Commencement Hollow
Represent your residence hall in games such as cornhole, giant jenga, Kan Jam, and more! The winning group will win a prize for their hall/commuter student lounge.
10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.Walk-in Vaccine Clinic, Shouvlin 105
Pfizer vaccine will be provided.
10:30-11:30 a.m.Transfer student resources and advising session (transfer students), Blair 201
11 a.m.–12:00 p.m.Honors Program orientation,  (honors program students), Bayley Auditorium
11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.CDR open for lunch
1:00–1:30 p.m.First Year Student group photo (first-year students), Myers steps
1:30–3:00 p.m.Meet w/ FYS group (first-year students), assigned classrooms
3:15–4:30 p.m.Academic Program Engagement Fair (first-year students), Hollenbeck Hall rooms
4:45–5:30 p.m.WWST Meeting #2 (incoming students), assigned classrooms
5:30–6:45 p.m.Dinner with WWST, CDR; President’s Welcome Reception (incoming students), Benjamin Prince House (rain site, Geil Lounge, Student Center)
7:00–8:00 p.m.WWST Group Program – Human Bingo, assigned rooms
9:00–11:00 p.m.Minute to Win It game night, CDR
10:30 p.m.– 12:30 a.m.Late Night hall programs, Residence Halls

Saturday, August 28

7:00-8:30 a.m.CDR open for breakfast
8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.Building a Consent Culture (incoming students), assigned classrooms
8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.Commitment to your community: Understanding Wittenberg’s policies, values, & responsible decision-making (incoming students), Bayley Auditorium
11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.CDR open for lunch
1:00 p.m.Men's Soccer scrimmage, Edwards-Maurer Field
1:00 p.m.Women's Volleyball scrimmage, Pam Evans Smith Arena
1:30–3:30 p.m.Downtown Springfield takeover, meet at Student Center Circle
5:00–6:30 p.m.Dinner, WWST Meeting #3 (incoming students), CDR
7:00-8:00 p.m.Theater showcase, Chakeres Memorial Theatre
8:30 p.m.-12:00 a.m.Welcome Back Bash, Alumni Way
Join us for a kickoff to the school year, featuring inflatable games, food, a DJ, and more!
10:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m.Late Night hall programs, Residence Halls

Sunday, August 29

11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.CDR open for brunch
11:00 - 11:45 a.m.Chapel Services, Weaver Chapel
12:30–1:15 p.m.Building a Respectful Community (incoming students), assigned rooms
1:30–2:30 p.m.

Connect virtually with various communities on campus (incoming students), Virtual - Teams

Campus Ministries
The McClain Center for Diversity

Student Involvement
Hagen Center for Civic Engagement
Theatre & Dance

3:00–4:00 p.m.Workshop – Conversations that Matter; Courageous Conversations (incoming students), assigned classrooms
4:15–5:15 p.m.WWST Meeting #4 and Closing Remarks (incoming students), assigned classrooms
4:30–8:00 p.m.CDR open for dinner
6:00-8:00 p.m.CBS (Concerned Black Students) Cookout, McClain Center for Diversity
7:30–9:30 p.m.Living in a Residential Community (residential students living in Residence Halls), Residence Halls
9:00 p.m.Catholic Mass, Weaver Chapel

Events to look forward to during the first week of classes!

  • September 1 – Grocery Store Bingo
  • September 1 – Men’s Soccer vs. Transylvania – 7:30 p.m., Edwards-Maurer Field
  • September 1 – Women’s Volleyball vs. Otterbein – 7 p.m., Pam Evans Smith Arena
  • September 2 – Involvement Fair
  • September 4 – Witt Late Night
  • September 4 – Football vs. Cortland – 12 p.m., Edwards-Maurer Field
  • September 7 – Women’s Volleyball vs. Marietta – 7 p.m., Pam Evans Smith Arena
  • September 8 – Succulent pot decorating
  • September 9 – Fluid painting
  • September 9 – Opening convocation
  • September 10 – “W” Day
  • September 11 – Men’s Soccer vs. Adrian – 1 p.m., Edwards-Maurer Field
  • September 11 – Women’s Soccer vs. Otterbein – 4 p.m., Edwards-Maurer Field
  • September 11 – Cross Country – 8 a.m., County Fairgrounds
  • September 11 – Witt Late Night

Monday August 30: CLASSES BEGIN

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