UNCG kicks off its annual Rawkin’ Welcome Week on Wednesday, and this year’s festivities are packed with a variety of campus events, Spartan spirit and a whole lot of fun.

From a massive dance party – known as Party Like a Rawkstar – in the Elliott University Center to UNCG’s annual Spartan Service Day, Rawkin’ Welcome Week is an opportunity for all students, especially freshmen, to meet new people, have fun and get connected on campus and in the community. The 14-day event series runs through Tuesday, Aug. 30.

UNCG students form a dance circle at the 2015 Party Like a Rawkstar event.

UNCG students form a dance circle at the 2015 Party Like a Rawkstar event.

“It’s an event that everyone should look forward to,” said Joseph Graham, a senior English major and president of UNCG’s Student Government Association. “It’s a celebration, and it’s also a reminder to make this year better than our last and to strive for academic excellence.”

For the first time in Rawkin’ Welcome Week history, UNCG will host a campus-wide scavenger hunt for students using the Scavify app. From Aug. 19 through Aug. 27, students are invited to participate in a variety of activities, such as taking selfies with Spiro or checking in at different campus events. Prizes will be awarded to the top four winners.

Other key Rawkin’ Welcome Week events include:

  • The Chancellor’s New Student Convocation, a requirement for all incoming students, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21, at UNCG Auditorium
  • Fall Kick-Off, a student organization expo, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23, on College Avenue
  • Opening Carnival, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, on the Quad lawn

“There’s something for everyone to do,” said Austin McKim, interim assistant director of New Student Transitions & First Year Experience. “Rawkin’ Welcome Week is a way to immediately feel at home at UNCG.”

On Saturday, Aug. 20, an out-of-state student reception will be held at 4 p.m. at Jackson Library to help students from across the country get accustomed to life at UNCG. Additionally, walk-in advising sessions and other workshops will be held throughout the two weeks to help students prepare academically for the start of the semester.

“The start of a new academic year is a chance to hit the refresh button on your goals and to set expectations for yourself,” Graham said. “There’s no better time to celebrate our college experience and what is to come.”

 

Want to learn more? Access the full calendar of events online at yourfirstyear.uncg.edu/rww or via the free UNCG Guides app, and share your Rawkin’ Welcome Week photos on social media using the hashtags #uncgrww and #back2uncg.

 

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications