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Welcome Week (August 20-24)

Move In Day Schedule

Schedule

What it is and why it is important

Dates

Important historic events that take place

Parent involvement

Frequently asked questions

Welcome Week 2016 Schedule

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20


CHECK-IN
9:00-4:30 PM | Respective Residence Hall

Please refer to your move-in packet for your specific day and time slot for move-in. Click here for more information.

PRESIDENT AND BOARD OF TRUSTEE’S PICNIC (Parents and Students)
5:00-6:00 PM | The Lawn
Enjoy complimentary dinner with your fellow classmates and their families. The Belmont community will be bustling with the excitement of live music and great food! In case of inclement weather, event will be located in the Curb Event Center.

MAIN SESSION 1: “WELCOME TO THE COMMUNITY” (Parents and Students)
6:30-7:15 PM | Curb Event Center
Welcome to Belmont! You’ve finally made it, and we are excited for you to be a part of our community. Join the Orientation Council, President Fisher, Tower Team Leaders and University Staff as you learn about the amazing journey you are about to begin.

TOWER JAM (Student Only)
7:30-9:00 PM | Curb Event Center
It’s time to meet your TT group and your Tower Team Leader who will walk alongside you during Welcome Week and your first semester. It’s a great time to make new friends…instantly!

CATHOLIC MASS
9:30-10:30 PM | Janet Ayers Academic Center University Chapel
Catholic Mass will be held in the University Chapel and is open to anyone wishing to participate.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21


WORSHIP SERVICE (Parents and Students)
8:45-9:30 AM | Curb Event Center
Begin the Towering Traditions experience with a time of worship and celebration! This meaningful time of song, prayer, scripture reading and short meditation from our University Minister sets the tone for the new year. All are welcome for this time of reflection and celebration!

MATRICULTAION CEREMONY (Parents and Students)
9:45-11:00 AM | Curb Event Center
Each year Belmont University welcomes its new students with a Matriculation Ceremony to signify their acceptance into the school’s academic program. Students recite the Community Commitment and Academic Integrity Pledges; which are commitments to themselves, to their peers and to the university.

SUNDAY BRUNCH (Parents and Students)
11:00 AM-1:45 PM | Harrington Place Dining
The Dining Hall will be open for brunch. Students are able to use their meal plans.  Parents and students will share their afternoons together before student-only programming begins. At 2:00 PM students will begin participating in student-only programming, which allows them to meet new people and learn more about being a member of the Belmont Family. Parents, we ask for you to plan travel accordingly to leave campus by 2:00 PM allowing your student to fully participate in Welcome Week.

FAMILY TIME (Students Only)
1:00 PM-1:45 PM | TT Family Rooms
Once you have said goodbye to your parents and family members, you can reconnect with your TT Family in your respective TT room before beginning the student-only program.

MAIN SESSION 2: “A DIVERSE COMMUNITY” (Student-Only Portion Begins)
2:00-4:00 PM | Curb Event Center
Learn how your personal story is important and interwoven into the story of Belmont University and its values during our first large group session.

CHURCH FAIR
4:30-6:30 PM | Maddox Grand Atrium
Now is the time to get plugged into a local church! The Office of University Ministries has invited more than 30 different local churches (representing various different Christian denominations) to campus to give you a chance to meet church leaders, talk with Belmont students involved at each church and begin the process of finding a new church home.

DINNER
4:30-7:30 PM | Harrington Place Dining
You’ll eat with your Tower Team Group during dinner, have the opportunity to visit the Church Fair and have a little down time before evening activities.

MAIN SESSION 3: “A COMMUNITY OF CARE”
7:30-9:00 PM | Curb Event Center
Hear more about Belmont’s commitment to core community values and the implications those values have for our day to day life.

FAMILY TIME
9:00-10:00 PM | TT Family Rooms
Enjoy time with your Tower Team Family reconnecting after your first full day.

MONDAY, AUGUST 22


MUSIC PLACEMENT RETAKE TEST
7:45-9:30 AM | Wilson 121
This is for music majors who wish to retest or for music minors or general students who would like to take the music theory placement. 

MATH ASSESSMENT
8:00-9:00 AM | McWhorter 114
An optional test for those who have already been made aware they are eligible to take it.

FAMILY TIME
9:00-10:00 AM | TT Family Rooms
Enjoy time with your Tower Team Family reconnecting.

MAIN SESSION 4: “A COMMUNITY OF LEARNING: ACADEMICS”
10:00-11:30 AM | Curb Event Center
The combination of a professional and liberal arts education creates a unique environment at our university. Hear more about academic resources at Belmont designed to help you succeed.

LUNCH
11:15 AM-12:00 PM | Maddox Grand Atrium

SERVE KICK-OFF
12:15-12:45 PM | Curb Event Center
Belmont strives to be Nashville’s university, and we demonstrate that through our commitment to serve our city. During this time, you will have an opportunity to visit with and serve a local organization with your Tower Team Family. (2 hours of Community Service Convocation credit received – Belmont Student ID card required)
*All new students please wear your white new student t-shirt that you received at Welcome Week check-in on Friday or Saturday.

SERVE
12:45-4:30 PM | Various Nashville Locations

GREEK LIFE FAIR
4:30-6:30 PM | Maddox Grand Atrium
Visit with the different Greek organizations to learn about their missions, values and unique communities. This is your opportunity to ReThink Greek.

DINNER
4:30-7:30 PM | Harrington Place Dining
You’ll eat with your Tower Team Group during dinner, have the opportunity to visit the Greek Life Fair and have a little down time before evening activities.

MAIN SESSION 5: “A COMMUNITY OF LEARNING: INVOLVEMENT”
7:30-9:00 PM | Curb Event Center
Being a Bruin means making the most of your college experience through your respective involvement. Gear up for time hearing from student speakers and our Offices of Fitness and Recreation and Student Engagement and Leadership Development.

BEAMAN BREAKDOWN
9:00-10:00 PM | Beaman Student Life Center
See all services and amenities the Beaman Student Life Center has to offer while also connecting with the 2,000 other new Belmont Bruins.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23


FAMILY TIME
9:00-10:00 AM | TT Family Rooms
Enjoy time with your Tower Team Family reconnecting.


MAIN SESSION 6: “YOUR COMMUNITY”
10:00-11:30 AM | Curb Event Center
For our final session, hear from members of the Orientation Council on making the most of this community.

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT FAIR
11:15 AM-2:00 PM | Maddox Grand Atrium
If you are interested in a job on-campus or organizations in the Nashville community, come prepared to interview with several different representatives. Print off a copy of your fall semester classes to assist potential employers with your availability.

LUNCH AND CAMPUS TOURS
11:30 AM-2:00 PM | Harrington Dining Place
You’ll eat with your Tower Team Group during lunch and have a chance to get a campus tour with your Tower Team Group.

FAMILY DINNER
4:00-7:00 PM | TT Family Rooms
Enjoy time with your Tower Team Family reconnecting.

MANDATORY RESIDENCE LIFE FLOOR MEETINGS
7:30-9:30 PM | Meet in Your Residence Hall
Each residence hall has a mandatory floor meeting before the start of the academic semester. Ask your Resident Assistant for more information.

LIFE UNDER THE TOWER
9:00-10:00 PM | Bell Tower
The annual gathering of new students at the Bell Tower the night before classes begin as the spirit of Belmont comes together “to insure Belmont College of days more glorious and opportunities more abundant.” (Quoted from a Founder’s day address by Dr. Gabhart, March 11, 1963)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24


OPENING CONVOCATION PROGRAM
10:00-11:00 AM | Curb Event Center
Dr. Bob Fisher, University President, will give the opening year address to the Belmont community. (1 Personal Growth and Development Convocation Credit received, Belmont ID required for credit)

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What is it and why is it important?

Welcome Week is a five-day program in August immediately before you begin classes. This time is designed to facilitate your ability to explore your passions and cultivate your ideas; embrace everything the Belmont community has to offer; engage this place by seizing opportunities in and out of the classroom; and continue to tell the story of the “First-Year Experience.”

When you arrive in the fall, you will be placed in a group of other new students and paired with an upperclassmen known as a Tower Team (TT) Leader. Your TT Leader has been trained to guide you through Welcome Week and the remainder of your first year. The TT Leader community awaits your arrival and is excited to accompany you as you embark on this new journey at Belmont.

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Dates

August 20-24

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Important Historic Events that Take Place

THE PRESIDENT AND TRUSTEES' WELCOME

The President and Board of Trustees host a welcome for all new students and their families. During this event you'll enjoy a meal, music from Belmont student bands and the kick-off to Becoming Belmont for new students.

TOWER JAM AND MEET YOUR TOWER TEAM

The ultimate icebreaker for students! You don't want to miss this!

THE MATRICULATION CEREMONY

An annual gathering of staff, faculty, students and families to celebrate the heritage of Belmont University and our commitment to community, faith and learning.

SERVE

Our annual community service event sends over 2,000 new students serving into the Nashville community.

LIFE UNDER THE TOWER

The spirit of Belmont comes together to "insure Belmont College of days more glorious and opportunities more abundant" during a candlelight ceremony the evening before classes begin. (Quoted from the Founder's Day address by Chancellor, Dr. Herbert C. Gabhart, March 11, 1963)

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Parent Involvement

We invite all parents and family members to join us for Saturday and Sunday morning events. We ask that parents and family members plan their travel home by Sunday, August 21 as students will begin attending required, student-only events at 2:00 pm that day. As with Summer Orientation, we do not provide parent and family accommodations so you will need to secure a weekend's stay at a nearby hotel if traveling from out of town.

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Frequently Asked Questions

COMMON QUESTIONS

Is there a fee for Welcome Week?
The orientation fee for all new incoming freshman and transfer students is deducted from your enrollment deposit. Therefore, there are not further charges for Welcome Week.

How do I sign up for the Towering Traditions Welcome Week Programs?
There is no need for students to sign up for Welcome Week activities.

Do I need to attend Summer Orientation in June and Welcome Week at the start of the academic year? What's the difference between the two?
YES! Summer Orientation is primarily an academic orientation session, and Welcome Week is a celebration of your first week on campus! You can refer to the specific pages for information on programming within Summer Orientation and Welcome Week.

Does Belmont provide shuttle service from the airport? If not, do we have any options?
No, Belmont University does not provide shuttle service. Yes, there are numerous options in your travels to Belmont. Visit Driving Directions for suggested methods of transportation to Belmont.

Are meals provided?
Yes, most meals and snacks are provided during Welcome Week.

How do I get a campus map for Welcome Week?
A campus map will be provided for you for all portions of the Towering Traditions Orientation and Welcome Week Program. Before you come explore the campus with the Interactive Map.

Where do we go on campus to check-in for Towering Traditions?
Summer Orientation Check-in will be in your respective residence hall.
Welcome Week Check-in will be in the respective residence hall.

ACADEMIC QUESTIONS

Can a student register for classes without going through Summer Orientation?
Students who do not attend Summer Orientation cannot register for courses until August during the August 19th Summer Orientation Make-Up Session.

PARENT & FAMILY QUESTIONS

Do parents stay with their students during Welcome Week?
Parents do not stay with their students during any part of Towering Traditions. We provide a listing of great hotels and accommodations that offer discounts to the parents and families of Belmont students.

Where can we get a list of hotels close by?
Belmont has a list of hotels that offer discounts for Belmont parents and families. Click the link for Hotel Listing & Discounts.

What do parents do during Welcome Week?
Parents will participate in an unique and engaging concurrent orientation experience within both Summer Orientation and Welcome Week. However, the student-only portion of the Welcome Week schedule begins Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm; parents are expected to make departure arrangements for the afternoon.

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