7 Things to Know for UC Davis Fall Welcome Week

The band-uh performs at the New Student Fall Welcome at the Pavilion.
The band-uh performs at the New Student Fall Welcome at the Pavilion. (UC Davis)

Whether it's your first day at UC Davis or your final year, Fall Welcome gives students new and old a chance to celebrate new beginnings with fellow Aggies and the rest of the university community.

This year, UC Davis is combining its Fall Convocation and the New Student Celebration from years past and packaging the whole event as the new Fall Welcome.

From Move-In Weekend and the New Student Celebration, to the ASUCD Sunset Fest (formerly known as "The BUZZ"), Fall Welcome Week is filled with important activities and sessions for new and returning students.

Move-In Weekend

Move-In Day
UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May helps out on Move-in Day at Tercero Residence Halls. (UC Davis)

First-year students will have the chance to make themselves at home, with the help of Chancellor Gary S. May and other campus leaders on hand to lift boxes throughout the weekend.

Move-In Weekend spans both Saturday and Sunday and starts at 8 a.m. each day. Half of all new residents move in on Saturday and the other half move in on Sunday; each student has an assigned day, as noted in housing assignments. The Student Housing office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23
WHERE: Contact the Student Housing office for more information about student housing

The Xperience

The Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life at UC Davis
The Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life (OSFL) is a subdivision of the Office of Student Development within Student Housing. (UC Davis)

We're talking about one of those all-important decisions a student will face while attending school at UC Davis: To be Greek or not to be Greek. Launched during Fall Welcome Week 2016, The Xperience is a program co-sponsored between the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life and UC Davis Athletics.

Come meet the 67 Greek organizations to see how to get involved!

WHEN: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23
WHERE: Hutchison Intramural Field

Movie Night

Fall Welcome Week Movie Night
After a busy Move-In Day, come unwind with new friends and old ones at Movie Night. (Getty Images)

The Fall Welcome Week is a lot to take in all at once, especially if you're a first-year student. Why not unwind with your fellow Aggies, dim the lights, pass the popcorn and settle in to watch a movie on the big screen?

What's playing? This year, it's Disney/Pixar's latest blockbuster, Incredibles 2 is scheduled to play.

WHEN: 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23
WHERE: Pavilion at the Activities and Recreation Center

Be a Hero

We are Aggie Heroes
Capes optional at the 2018 Fall Welcome speech. (UC Davis)

"We are Aggie Heroes."

That is the theme of the chancellor’s Fall Welcome. Chancellor May, himself a fan of comic book heroes, sees the parallel those larger-than-life characters have with people in their communities everywhere, making a difference in their own special way. “Every day, try to learn something, try to help someone and try to make the world better.” The chancellor's speech will address how he sees that in all of us — in our studies, in our work, in our research and in our passion.

Free T-shirts and refreshments will be provided to all attendees.

WHEN: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24
WHERE: Pavilion at the Activities and Recreation Center

New Student Resource Fair

New Student Resource Fair
Student groups tabling in front of the Memorial Union during Welcome Week. (UC Davis)

All new students are invited to participate in the 2018 New Student Resource Fair, sponsored by Student Housing and Dining Services. The Fair provides an opportunity for incoming students to learn about the resources available from a wide variety of campus departments. 

Get to know your new home, enjoy live music and food, and score a free T-shirt and prizes!

WHEN: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24
WHERE: Hutchison Intramural Field

First Day of Class

First day of Fall Quarter at UC Davis
Students move from class to class on the first day of the Fall Quarter at UC Davis. (UC Davis)

The main event. What you've been preparing for the whole summer, and now it's finally time: It's the first day of class at UC Davis. Go boldly!

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 26

ASUCD Sunset Fest

ASUCD Sunset Fest
New and returning students cheer as the stage crew throw T-shirts to the crowd in between performances at a Fall Welcome event for UC Davis students on the quad. (UC Davis)

Formerly known as The BUZZ, the ASUCD Sunset Fest marks the official end of the Fall Welcome Week. The free concert welcomes all new and returning UC Davis students to our bustling campus.

Get ready for a killer student showcase with live music, dance performances and a hot ticket headliner to close out Welcome Week. Students will also get a chance to grab freebies and learn more about ASUCD units tabling at the event.

WHEN: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.​ Friday, Sept. 28
WHERE: The Quad

Believe it or not, this is just a sampling of what to expect from Fall Welcome Week!

For a full list of events, locations, times and contacts, be sure to check out the Fall Welcome Week Calendar as well as the UC Davis Welcome Week landing page.

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