Students being welcomed to campus
Western Welcome

 

Welcome to Western! We are thrilled to start this new school year with all of our new and returning students. We’ve put together a variety of Western Welcome events this fall to help you start the year strong as you get to know campus and everything it has to offer. Cheer on our student athletes at games with free admission, get to know clubs and campus resources at AS Fall Info Fair, come together as a class for Convocation, and get connected with your community through concerts and movie nights. There are so many fun events on tap just waiting for you to join them!

 

New Student Welcoming Convocation

fall leaves in Western colors, blue and green

September 20, 10:00 am
Carver Gym

Western kicks off the academic year with the official welcoming ceremony, New Student Convocation. This formal ceremony introduces new students to academic life at Western and is the first assembling of the new academic class. Our Convocation Ceremony marks a new beginning and is the first of the formal ceremonies that frame academic life at Western. The Western community looks forward to welcoming new students to the University and commemorating the first step on your academic journey here!

Learn about Convocation

Fall Signature Events

September 18 - 24

Sunday, September 18

September 18, 5:00pm
All Halls

Monday, September 19

September 19, 8:00am
Virtual
September 19, 11:00am
All Campus
September 19, 2:00pm
Meet at Info Desk in Wilson Library
September 19, 3:00pm
Outdoor Center VU 150
September 19, 4:00pm
Red Square
September 19, 9:00pm
WK SRC

Tuesday, September 20

September 20, 10:00am
Carver Gym
September 20, 11:00am
All Campus
September 20, 2:00pm
Meet at Info Desk in Wilson Library
September 20, 4:00pm
Outdoor Center VU 150
September 20, 6:00pm
Red Square

Wednesday, September 21

September 21, 10:00am
Flag Pavilion
September 21, 12:00pm
Multicultural Center Kitchen and Social Space
September 21, 8:00pm
Communications Lawn (rain locations: AH 100 & AW 210)

Thursday, September 22

September 22, 4:00pm
Viking Union Multipurpose Room (MPR)
September 22, 4:00pm
Outdoor Center VU 150
September 22, 7:00pm
Location and time varies by Hall

Friday, September 23

September 23, 10:00am
Flag Pavilion
September 23, 3:00pm
Outdoor Center VU 150
September 23, 4:00pm
Alma Clark Glass Multipurpose Room

Saturday, September 24

September 24, 2:00pm
Herald Building Parking Lot (1133 N. State St.)
September 24, 3:00pm
Outdoor Center VU 150
September 24, 7:00pm
Harrington Field
September 24, 9:00pm
Red Square

Continuing Events

September 25 and Beyond

September 28, 2:00pm
Underground Coffeehouse
September 30, 9:00pm
Viking Union
October 01, 2:00pm
PAC Plaza
October 05, 2:00pm
Meet at Jack’s BBQ (1327 N State St.)
October 06, 2:00pm
Meet at Jack’s BBQ (1327 N State St.)
October 06, 4:00pm
Viking Union Multipurpose Room (MPR)
October 07, 2:00pm
Meet at Jack’s BBQ (1327 N State St.)
October 12, 11:00am
Meet at the Downtown Transit Station Globe Statue (205 E Magnolia St.)
October 19, 10:00am
Red Square
October 22, 2:00pm
Meet at Jack’s BBQ (1327 N State St.)
October 23, 2:00pm
Meet at Jack’s BBQ (1327 N State St.)

WWU Fall Family Weekend

jack-o-lanterns with I heart WWU, Make Waves, and WWU carved into them

October 21-23

The annual weekend of events and activities provide students and their families with a variety of fun ways to connect with each other as well as with Western and Bellingham communities.

A flexible (choose-your-own adventure) schedule means that you get to determine how and when you want to spend your time together. Activities will kick off mid-day Friday and end by Sunday afternoon. While most events are free or lower cost, those requiring tickets will be available for purchase in late September. Past events have featured live comedy improv shows, a Halloween classic movie, planetarium shows, WWU athletics, campus and community tours, student performances, pumpkin carving, Western Gallery exhibits and outdoor sculpture tours, bike tours, farm tours, department open houses, and more!

Learn more about Fall Family Weekend