Washington State University’s Week of Welcome, presented by BECU, kicked off Saturday, Aug. 15, with Move-In Day at the WSU Pullman Campus, followed by a week of virtual events for students throughout the university system.
Meant to give new students the opportunity to meet classmates and instructors, the activities will continue through Aug. 23, with a few events into the first few weeks of school.
University Convocation will be livestreamed 10 a.m. Aug. 21 from Pullman. The event features messages from WSU President Kirk Schulz and Provost Elizabeth Chilton, live interviews hosted by ASWSU President Curtis Cohen, first-year advice from sophomore speaker Emma Nankervis, and academic tips from faculty speaker Erika Offerdahl.
Students throughout the system are invited to participate in a virtual WSU Fight Song Sing-A-Long at 7 p.m. Aug. 23. Cougs are encouraged to tune in with their noisemakers, foam fingers, and WSU flags to show their Cougar pride, and record their version of the Fight Song. Students can share their versions on social media using #WSUTogether and by tagging @WSUPullman for a chance to get their post featured on official WSU social media channels.
At the WSU Vancouver campus, virtual events including Admissions 101, resource fairs and a seminar on what to expect in Fall 2020 are available for students during the week. Details and registration links are available on the WSU Vancouver events webpage.
WSU Global Campus is hosting its first Week of Welcome, with evening activities each day. There will be a virtual trivia night 7 p.m. Aug. 19 and a virtual Retro Dance Party at 7 p.m. Aug. 21.
Additionally, WSU Everett is hosting a Coug Swag Drive-By on campus, where students can pick up a planner, Coug face masks, and treats from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 25 at 915 N. Broadway in Everett. More events can be found on the WSU Everett events page.
At the WSU Tri-Cities campus, students are invited to a virtual chat with Chancellor Sandra Haynes at noon Aug. 19 for a chance to win Apple AirPods. The campus is also hosting virtual workshops on topics like career paths, communicating with faculty and more. Visit the WSU Tri-Cities Week of Welcome website for more details and events.
At WSU Spokane, the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine will welcome its next cohort of medical students at the White Coat Ceremony, 4-6 p.m. Aug. 21. More WSU Spokane events can be found online.
The annual New Coug Photo, a tradition at the WSU Pullman campus, will be a mosaic of Cougar Card photos in lieu of an in-person photo shoot. To be included, students must fill out a photo release form by Aug. 23. Visit the event registration page for more information.
Students living at the WSU Pullman campus will have access to limited in-person activities. To participate in-person, students must wear a mask, adhere to physical distancing guidelines and attest that they have no symptoms of the virus.
Find a detailed list of activities at the Week of Welcome website online.