VCU Students “Made it Real” during Welcome Week 2017

Welcome Week 2017 included more than 4,000 freshmen, transfer students, returning students and various members of the VCU community. All members of the VCU community could be found participating in the more than 250 activities throughout campus during the nine-day event.

Highlights during Welcome Week:


Playfair, one of the most well-attended Welcome Week events, was held in the Altria Theater this year. All incoming students were invited to come, and the event was full of bonding activities to help new students get to know each other.

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Meet, Eat & Greets

Off Campus Student Services held a Meet, Eat & Greet every day during Welcome Week in the Alumni Board Room from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Hosted by Lisa Mathews-Ailsworth, Off Campus Student Services Advisor, the Meet, Eat & Greets were designed to help incoming off-campus students mingle.


Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

The Solar Eclipse Viewing Party was the biggest event that was ever held on the Compass! Students, staff, faculty and other members of the VCU community all came together to view the solar eclipse.

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Water Wars and Rec Sports Night

Water Wars was held on the Cary Street Field while Rec Sports Night was happening inside Cary Street Gym. This year there were water balloon fights, moon bounces and free popsicles from King of Pops!

Entertainment Night

Entertainment Night, hosted by the Activities Programming Board (APB), was a night filled with food, fun, dancing, games and more! There were different activities in almost every room in University Student Commons.

New Student Convocation, Ram Spirit Walk and Block Party


One of VCU’s most beloved traditions, the combination event of New Student Convocation, Ram Spirit Walk and Monroe Park Campus Block Party was held this year on Tuesday, Aug. 22. New students began the evening at Siegel Center for welcome speeches by President Rao and Destinee Moragne, the president of VCU SGA. Then, the Convocation attendees walked down Harrison St. to student organizations lining the streets at Park Plaza to welcome the new class and transfer students. After the Ram Spirit Walk, attendees were encouraged to go to the University Student Commons and Commons Plaza, where there was food, games, dancing and more!



This year the Student Organization and Volunteer Opportunities (SOVO) fair was held in University Student Commons and on Commons Plaza. VCU student organizations engaged in outreach at decorated tables which all VCU students were encouraged to attend to find opportunities that fit their interests!

For more information about Welcome Week visit their website. For more photos from these events, visit our Flickr. 

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