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Welcome Week comprises several days of activities. These events are designed to introduce new students to each other, the campus and academic life at Ripon. For more information on our programs, please contact our Office of Student Activities & Orientation Programs at 920-748-8112. **All events marked with a double asterisk are required of all new first-year and transfer students. All Welcome Week programming after Sunday, Aug. 29 at 5 p.m. is open to all new and returning Ripon College students. 
 

SATURDAY, AUG. 28 (New Student Move-in Day)

9:00am-1:00pm | Move In Period, Residence Halls

Follow instructions received from Residence Life to correctly receive clearance to check into your residence hall.

10:00am-1:00pm | Campus Resource Fair, Memorial Lawn, Upper Campus

Take a break during move-in to meet with representatives from different campus departments and student success resources!

3:00pm-4:00pm | Matriculation Convocation** Commencement Lawn, Upper Campus

Matriculation Convocation is the institutional welcome for our newest students. Join President Messitte, Dean Sisko, and the faculty for a ceremony to officially start your Ripon College experience.

4:00pm-4:30pm | Reception/Family Send-off** Commencement Lawn, Upper Campus

Say goodbye to your supporters while enjoying tasty treats from SAGE Dining!

4:30pm-5:30pm | Orientation Committee (OC) Small Group Meetings** Various

New students will connect with their assigned Orientation Committee member (OC) to talk through the schedule for the weekend and build social connections with peers.

5:30pm-7:00pm | Dinner, Pickard Commons

This is the first meal which will be billed to students’ meal plans, so don’t forget to bring your OneCard with you to eat!

7:00pm-7:45pm | First Year Floor Meetings** Residence Halls

New students will make their Resident Assistants (RAs) and learn about expectations of living in our residential communities.

8:00pm-9:30pm | The Price Is Right! Commencement Lawn, Upper Campus

Join the Orientation Committee for a wild rendition of the classic game show. Hundreds of dollars in prizes can be yours!

9:30pm-11:30pm | Movie on the Green: In the Heights! Commencement Lawn, Upper Campus

Join the Orientation Committee for an outdoor screening of the recent hit film, In the Heights!


SUNDAY, AUG. 29 (Returning Student Move-in Day)

9:00am-12:00pm | New Student How-To Guide** Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union

The transition to college brings with it all sorts of new experiences and learning opportunities. New students will spend time with professionals from around campus learning about the resources available to ensure a safe and healthy start to their Ripon experience. Content warning: federally-mandated Title IX/sexual misconduct policy training is part of this program.

12:00pm-1:30pm | Lunch with OC Small Groups** Pickard Commons

New students will continue conversation about their transition to college with their assigned Orientation Committee member (OC).

1:30pm-3:30pm | Resource Tour with OC Small Groups** Upper Campus

Compete against other groups of new students using the Goosechase app to find different campus locations and complete fun challenges!

7:30pm-9:00pm | Ripon Live Presents: ComedySportz Commencement Lawn, Upper Campus

See an awesomely exciting improv comedy show played as a sport! Sponsored by the campus programming board, Ripon Live, and open to all students!


MONDAY, AUG. 30

FIRST DAY OF CLASSES

7:30am-10:00am | First Day of School Photos, Outside the Spot

Happy 1st day of __th grade, Redhawks! Take a cute photo to commemorate the start of the year and grab some free donut holes!

11:00am-1:00pm | Center for Career & Professional Development Intro Tabling, Commons Lower Level

Stop by the tables outside the Center for Career & Professional Development to meet the staff and win door prizes!

3:30pm-6:30pm | Build Your Own Self Care Package Student Activities & Orientation, Office of Student Activities

College can be hard, and being proactive about your self-care is important! Stop by the Office of Student Activities & Orientation (SAO) to make a DIY sugar scrub and grab free tea, face masks, and fidget toys!


TUESDAY, AUG. 31

11:00am-1:00pm | Center for Career & Professional Development Intro Tabling, Commons Lower Level

Stop by the tables outside the Center for Career & Professional Development to meet the staff and win door prizes!

11:00am-12:30pm | Inclusive Excellence Mixer, Center for Diversity & Inclusion, Bartlett Hall

Drop by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion to meet the staff and learn more about the important work of the department!

5:00pm-7:00pm | Student Activities Fair, Upper Campus

Ripon’s community is made more vibrant through the work of its student organizations! Stop by tables to learn more about involvement opportunities, meet student leaders, and sign up for your next adventures!


WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1

11:00am-1:00pm | Center for Career & Professional Development Intro Tabling, Commons Lower Level

Stop by the tables outside the Center for Career & Professional Development to meet the staff and win door prizes!

7:00pm-9:30pm | Shopping Shuttle to Fond du Lac, Pickard Commons

Hitch a ride on a bus (leaving from Pickard Commons) and head to Fond Du Lac to stock up on your everyday needs. Bus will drop off and pick up in the Fond du Lac Walmart parking lot, providing access to Walmart, Target, and DollarTree, among other locations. 


THURSDAY, SEPT. 2

10:00am-1:00pm | COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, Willmore Center, Keipe Gym

Need a COVID-19 vaccination? We can help! Check your email for a message from Nurse Kathy Welsh to sign up for a time!

11:00am-1:00pm | Center for Career & Professional Development Intro Tabling, Commons Lower Level

Stop by the tables outside the Center for Career & Professional Development to meet the staff and win door prizes!

6:30pm-8:00pm | Grocery Bingo, Commencement Lawn, Upper Campus

Join the office of Residence Life for an action-packed game of Grocery Bingo! Bring a blanket and your friend and compete for the best of college student cooking supplies, snacks, and treats!


FRIDAY, SEPT. 3

11:00am-1:00pm | Center for Career & Professional Development Intro Tabling, Commons Lower Level

Stop by the tables outside the Center for Career & Professional Development to meet the staff and win door prizes!

3:30pm-5:30pm | Greek Social Memorial Lawn, Upper Campus

Round out the first week of classes by getting to know our Greek community! Stop by this open house to grab awesome pre-dinner treats and learn more about Ripon’s three sororities and four fraternities!

6:30-8:30pm | Lawn Party & Mocktails Fire Ring, Upper Campus

Join Residence Life staff for a classic Ripon College lawn party! Enjoy a smore and a mocktail at the bonfire, play some yard games, and paint a canvas!


SATURDAY, SEPT. 4

3:00pm-5:00pm | Black Student Union Back-to-School Barbeque, The Spot

Join the students of the Black Student Union & Ripon College Men of Color Initiative for their first event of the academic year!

4:30pm-6:00pm | Rally Time Pepfest & Campus Recreation Tournament, Ingalls Field

Take the short stroll over to Ingalls Field and get pumped to cheer on the Red Hawks in the first home football game of the 2021 season! First 100 students at the pepfest get a free t-shirt!

6:00pm | Football Game vs. Augsburg, Ingalls Field

After the pepfest, stick around to cheer on the Red Hawks as they battle it out against the Augsburg University Auggies!

8:00pm-11:00pm | Ripon Live Presents: Silent Disco Party, Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union

Celebrate Welcome Week by busting a move at the Silent Disco! All participants can jam along with one of two live DJs via the frequencies on their day-glow headphones! Snacks and glowsticks provided! 


SUNDAY, SEPT. 5

1:00pm-4:00pm | Frolic Through the Prairie, Ceresco Prairie

Head down the hill and behind the Willmore Center to experience the majesty of the 130-acre Ceresco Prairie Conservatory! Participants will be able to spend quality time outdoors, get a great Instagram shot, and register to win prizes!