Wilkes University

Welcome Weekend 2022

Welcome Weekend acts as an extension to Orientation. A variety of activities will take place, such as social activities, introduction to Wilkes University traditions and a variety of informational workshops that help you get ready for the start of the semester. You will receive communication about this program and some things to complete prior to your arrival on campus via your Wilkes email, so be sure to check that account regularly!

This multi-day program is required for all residential and commuter first-year students. Registration for Welcome Weekend is not required. Please check back at the beginning of August for more details on the schedule of events. 

For more information specific to Move-in Day, including move-in schedules, please visit the Move-In Day page.

Move-In Day at Wilkes

2022 Weekend Schedule

7 - 11 a.m.

Breakfast

Henry's Food Court, Henry Student Center, 3rd Floor

Students will be able to enjoy buffet style in our Henry’s Cafe catered by Aramark Food Services. Meal plans will be active for all resident students, using their Wilkes ID.

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Move-in & Check-in for Residential Students

Residential students will be able to pick up their Wilkes ID card, key for their assigned residence hall, and detailed schedule of the weekend’s events. Students will move in according to their e-Mentor assignment.

11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Lunch

Henry's Food Court, Henry Student Center, 3rd Floor

Students will have the opportunity to enjoy a meal on campus in our Henry’s Cafe. Henry’s Cafe is traditional buffet style and catered by Aramark Food Services.

1 - 4 p.m.

Move-in & Check-in for Residential Students

Residential students will be able to pick up their Wilkes ID card, key for their assigned residence hall, and detailed schedule of the weekend’s events. Students will move in according to their e-Mentor assignment.

4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Dinner

Henry's Food Court, Henry Student Center, 3rd Floor

Students will have the opportunity to enjoy a meal on campus in our Henry’s Cafe. Henry’s Cafe is traditional buffet style and catered by Aramark Food Services.

8 - 10:30 p.m.

Movie on the Greenway

Greenway

Join the Residence Hall Council and the e-Mentor team for a movie and snacks outside on the Greenway!

7 - 11 a.m.

Breakfast

Henry's Food Court, Henry Student Center, 3rd Floor

Students will be able to enjoy breakfast in our Henry’s Cafe. Meal plans will be active for all resident students, using their Wilkes ID. Meal passes will be provided for all commuter students.

9 - 10 a.m.

Commuter Check-in & Welcome

Simms Center on Main

Students will be able to pick up their Wilkes ID and schedule of the weekend’s events. Get your Welcome Weekend shirt and get ready to meet your e-Mentor!

10 - 11 a.m.

Meet Your e-Mentor

McHale Athletics Center, Simms Center on Main

Students will be able to connect with their mentor and partake in a series of introductions, games and review the weekend’s schedule.

If you have not been assigned a mentor, please see the Student Development Staff at check-in.

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Library Passport Activity (Rotating Schedule)

E.S Farley Library

Students will be able to get to know the library through an interactive activity that will inform you of the resources available to all students at Wilkes! This session will run every 15 minutes and will be led by your e-Mentor.

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Classroom Tours (Rotating Schedule)

Various locations on campus

Students will have the opportunity to take a specific campus tour based on their class schedule led by their e-Mentor, identifying class locations for the first week of the semester.

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Your Career Gateway

Center for Career Development & Internships

Stop by our Career Center to explore options for your future professional opportunities. It’s never too early to learn about all of the possibilities on and off campus!

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Lunch

Henry's Food Court, Henry Student Center, 3rd Floor

Students will enjoy lunch in our Henry’s Cafe. Meal plans will be active for all resident students, using their Wilkes ID. Meal passes will be provided for commuter students.

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Commuter Social

Commuter Lounge, Henry Student Center 2nd Floor

Commuter students will be able to mingle through our Commuter Social, where they will be able to interact and play fun games with fellow commuter students and our Commuter Council.

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Residence Hall Social

Your Assigned Residence Hall

Students will meet their hallmates and their RA, go over important information and get to know one another, starting off on the right foot for the school year!

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Honors Program Social

Honors Classroom, Stark Learning Center 259

Honors program students will be able to mingle and socialize with fellow honors students, meet the honors program staff and go over important information regarding the program.

3 - 4:30 p.m.

Bonner Social

Bonner Leader's Lounge

Bonner Leader students will have a chance to meet one another, meet important faculty and staff, learn more about their program and do some fun activities to get comfortable and excited for their first semester of college!

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Dinner

Henry's Food Court, Henry Student Center, 3rd Floor

Students will be able to enjoy buffet style with their mentor groups in our Henry’s Cafe catered by Aramark Food Services. Meal plans will be active for all resident students, using their Wilkes ID. Meal passes will be provided for all commuter students.

7 - 10 p.m.

Colonel Carnival

Fenner Quadrangle

Enjoy carnival games (both fun-sized and life-sized), win prizes and meet your fellow Colonels!

10 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Late Night

Henry Student Center

Take part in a Wilkes tradition for the first time - midnight snacking at the SUB! Check out the Colonel Corner bookstore as they give out coupons, prizes and offer up information about textbook purchasing.

7 - 11 a.m.

Breakfast

Henry's Food Court, Henry Student Center, 3rd Floor

Students will be able to enjoy breakfast in our Henry’s Cafe. Meal plans will be active for all resident students, using their Wilkes ID. Meal passes will be provided for all commuter students.

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Tie Dye Stations

Fenner Quadrangle

Have some fun tie dying t-shirts, pillowcases and socks with your fellow colonels!

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Learn your Way Around LIVE

Henry Student Center Ballroom, Henry Student Center, 2nd Floor

Come learn from our e-Mentors on how to navigate the Wilkes portal, find your classes on LIVE, how to check grades and purchase books, and so much more!

12 - 2:30 p.m.

Lunch

Henry's Food Court, Henry Student Center, 3rd Floor

Students will be able to enjoy lunch in our Henry’s Cafe. Meal plans will be active for resident students with their Wilkes ID. Meal passes will be provided for commuter students.

12 - 3 p.m.

Multicultural Student Coalition Greenway Cookout

Roth and Pearsall Hall Greenspace

Join the Multicultural Student Coalition on the Greenway for a cookout lunch! Meal tickets are not needed for this event.

2 - 2:30 p.m.

Breakout Session 1

Various locations on campus

2:30 - 3 p.m.

Breakout Session 2

Various locations on campus

3 - 3:30 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

Various locations on campus

Breakout Session Choices
Building Skills for College Success
  • Stark Learning Center 105
  • Join the University College staff for a review of tips for organization, managing time/tasks, studying, professor expectations and more!
Work Study 101
  • Breiseth 106
  • Students will be able to receive information on work study here on campus. Learn the who, what, where, how, when and why of work study.
“Wilkes“-Barre 101
  • Breiseth 107
  • Here students will be able to learn more of the “insider scoop” into student life on campus, as well as other important facets of the Wilkes-Barre area, all presented by our e-Mentor program.

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Goat Yoga

Evan's Hall Courtyard

Join Buttinheads Farm and their yoga goats! Bring a towel or yoga mat Outside Evans Hall and choose a 1-hour session to practice your poses alongside goats.

Session Options

60 spaces per session. First come, first serve basis!

  • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Dinner

Henry's Food Court, Henry Student Center, 3rd Floor

Students will be able to enjoy dinner in our Henry’s Cafe. Meal plans will be active for all resident students, using their Wilkes ID. Meal passes will be provided for commuter students.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

After Hours Art Gala

Sordoni Art Gallery, Karambelas Center

Experience an immersive activity in our renowned Sordoni Art Gallery! Join us in decking out your college essentials Wilkes-style! Come with friends, make crafts, enjoy some music and take a look around the Gallery’s latest exhibit, “In Search of Meaning: Memory Becomes Us.”

7 - 10 p.m.

Glow Games

McHale Athletics Center, Simms Center on Main

Join us for a series of glow-in-the-dark games, including volleyball, basketball, frisbee and dodgeball!

9 - 11 p.m.

Drag Bingo

Henry Student Center Ballroom, Henry Student Center, 2nd Floor

Sponsored by Programming Board and hosted by Memphis Divine, come play a Wilkes University hallmark - bingo (with an awesome twist)! Follow our rainbow of prizes to win your own pot of gold. The stakes are high. Can you lip-sync for the win?

9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

WAE Day

Camp Kresge

Hosted by Wilkes Adventure Education - this day is designed for you to have fun, challenge yourself, get a head start establishing friendships with people of similar interests, and get acquainted with the Wilkes Adventure Education staff. There are no costs associated with the trip.

If you are interested in attending WAE Day, please contact Kara Beerley at kara.beerley@wilkes.edu.