Boston College’s annual rite of welcome for first-year students will take on a different look this academic year.
Welcome Week—the traditional five-day interval from move-in to the first day of classes—has been condensed to four days, and will serve as the kick-off for “Weeks of Welcome,” a series of events and activities through which new undergraduates can settle into their BC lives.
The first Week of Welcome will begin on Thursday, Aug. 22, when first-year students move onto campus, assisted by “Welcome Wagon” student volunteers who will help unload vehicles and make the move-in process as efficient as possible. Returning and transfer students will move onto campus on Aug. 24, and classes begin on Aug. 26.
“That Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will be busy days on campus—as they are every year—with students moving in,” says Office of Residential Life Director of Housing Operations Greg Jones, who urges University employees to use caution and understand that campus parking may be more limited.
During the first Week of Welcome, first-year students can participate in activities that introduce school traditions, showcase BC academic, employment, recreation, formational, and volunteer programs, and facilitate connections with current students, faculty members, and staff. New events include small-group conversations on the DiversityEdu online course required for all incoming students and a community service opportunity to aid Boston-area schoolchildren.
Carrie Klemovitch, special assistant to the vice president for administration and strategic initiatives, explains that many of the major campus events during the first four to six weeks of the academic year “are really critical to first-year students’ engagement with and transition to BC.” For that reason, she says, Student Affairs is encouraging the new students to experience as much as possible of the Weeks of Welcome, which will include the Student Involvement Fair (Aug. 30), the first home football game (BC vs. Virginia Tech, Aug. 31), the Mass of the Holy Spirit and First Year Convocation (Sept. 5), a Multi-Faith Mixer (Sept. 8), a Career and Internship Fair (Sept. 12), and Parents Weekend (Sept. 27-29), among others.
“The first Week of Welcome is designed to help first-year students make connections to the campus, to other students, and to faculty and staff,” says Klemovitch. “We hope students find events, activities, and programs—whether in the first Week of Welcome or throughout that first month of the semester—that would help them feel connected and a part of the University.”
Christine Balquist | University Communications | August 2019