Gold Program

Welcome Gold Group! 

Your Welcome Week experience will begin on August 5th! Below, you can find information about campus arrival time and activities planned to help familiarize you with campus! 

While you are encouraged to attend all Welcome Weekend events, any event with a ☘️ in the title is an event that is required of all new students! Events with a 💚 are designed for students to be accompanied by their two guests.

Masks will be required at all events. If you love your mask, share a picture with Visit South Bend for a chance to win some awesome local prizes AND tag @NDWelcome on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter for a chance to be featured on our social media!

NOTE: Event times and locations are subject to change due to inclement weather.  These changes will be communicated via the ND Mobile App and our Welcome Week Social Media platforms. Please be sure to check back for updates!


 

Gold Schedule

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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💚Residence Hall Move-In

Welcome to the University of Notre Dame! As you arrive, our Welcome Teams will greet you and your guests and introduce you to your new residence hall community. We hope you will experience the Notre Dame spirit of hospitality upon your arrival! Check out the Office of Residential Life website for details regarding the move-in process for your assigned 90 minute appointment.

Location: Undergraduate Residence Halls

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Traditions Book Pick-Up

The Notre Dame Alumni Association welcomes all incoming first years to pick up their copy of the Notre Dame Traditions Book. This robust guide details all of the traditions that make a Notre Dame education so special and memorable.

Location: Eck Visitors Center and Bookstore

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💚 Ice Cream & Hospitality Tent

Stop by, grab some ice cream, and meet the members of Campus Ministry, The Gender Relations Center, Multicultural Student Programs & Services, and the Office of Student Enrichment!

Location: North Quad & South Quad

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💚 Welcome Carryout Meal

Hosted by Campus Dining in wo locations:

  • Gate E, Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Quad Tent

Please fill out this form if you or your two guests require an allergen friendly meal.

Location: See Above

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Virtual Rector Welcome with Parents and Families

The Rector Welcome gives parents and families the opportunity to hear from their student's residence hall leadership and ask any questions they might have regarding residence life at Notre Dame. By the end of the event, we're confident that you'll walk away with the understanding that your child is in great hands in their new Home Under the Dome!

To attend, register with the links sent out in an email on August 2nd. Check with your student to see the email sent to their nd.edu account and to sign up for their hall's event! 

 

Location: Refer to the Zoom Link Directory emailed on 8/3 to parents

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☘️ Rector & Hall Staff Welcome

Ready for a proper welcome to your new residence hall community? The Welcome Home event will introduce you to your Rector, Hall Staff, and Welcome Committee, with a night of fun events designed to help you get to know your fellow hallmates in a low-key environment.

Location: Undergraduate Residence Halls

Thursday, August 6, 2020

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💚Official Welcome Mass

The University of Notre Dame invites all new students and families from all faith backgrounds to the Celebration of the Official Welcome Mass at the Notre Dame Stadium. Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will preside and Rev. Peter McCormick, C.S.C., will preach.

Students will receive an email with 3 mobile tickets for this event, so make sure to check your inboxes on your way to the event so see what gate you will enter, what time to enter, and your seating information. All students and two guests interested in attending the Official Welcome Mass must arrive at their specified time and gate together, with the provided mobile ticket, in order to enter the stadium. It is imperative that students and guests arrive, enter, and sit as designated.

If you or your two guests require ADA seating please visit the Guest Services Kiosks outside Gate A and Gate B prior to Mass.

The Official Welcome Masses will also be live-streamed on the Welcome Week website. While in-person attendance is limited to new students and their two guests, all are welcome and encouraged to join virtually.

Location: Notre Dame Stadium

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All Things Energy!

Drop by the ND Energy booth to learn about our interdisciplinary Energy Studies Minor, our Student Energy Board, Energy Week, our outreach to local schools, the Puerto Rico seminar, research opportunities, and so much more. There will be free stuff, so please stop by!

Location: Debartolo Quad

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Wireless Institute, Notre Dame Radio Society

The University of Notre Dame has a long history in the world of radio. In April 1899, Professor Jerome Green successfully sent a message from Notre Dame to St. Mary’s Academy with wireless telegraphy. Green is thought to be the first to send wireless transmissions in America and the first to use homemade apparatuses, as opposed to using foreign-made equipment. 

Notre Dame Radio Society (NDRS) exists to continue this long history by promoting the art, science, and fun of Amateur Radio. You do not have to hold an Amateur Radio license to participate. Join us in DeBartolo Quad for many activities including help obtaining your license. Talk to others from around the world or on campus over the Jerome Green Radio repeater. Volunteer to help with emergency and/or event communications. Participate in hidden transmitter hunt contests, field day, or even high altitude balloon launching and tracking.

The world of Amateur Radio has led the way into areas like email and cell phones. Come join the excitement!

Location: Outside of Cushing Hall

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Study Peace! Build Peace! Research Peace! (Virtual)

Join students and others from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Undergraduate Program in Peace Studies to learn more about peace studies.

Peace studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that advances your knowledge about the nature and causes of violence, oppression, and inequality and builds your capacity to transform conflict and develop constructive personal, group, and political relationships across ethnic, religious, class, national, and racial boundaries.

The Undergraduate Program in Peace Studies offers you the chance to explore these topics in the classroom and learn from faculty who are leading scholars and practitioners of peacebuilding. It also provides you with learning experiences outside of the classroom, such as an intercultural immersion, a student-led peace conference, and the potential for funded research.

In this virtual conversation, current peace studies students will describe their experiences in the program, talk about the importance of peacebuilding to their academic and career goals, and answer your questions about how to study peace, build peace, and research peace as a Notre Dame student.

Free Kroc Institute swag will be distributed later to those who attend. Click here to join virtually!

Location: https://notredame.zoom.us/j/94690872240?pwd=UHFIYnlIU1c5aXh3NkdtM1dGQnRFZz09

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Medieval Institute Welcome Event (Virtual)

The Medieval Institute's Welcome Event is designed to provide an introduction to the Medieval Institute, its resources, and its major and minor degree paths for all students.

Click here to join!

Location: https://notredame.zoom.us/j/93196539828

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See What You Can Do With Us!

Hosted by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Students can speak with Kellogg Institute directors, staff and/or students to learn about research and international programs available to them. Opportunities to work with faculty, participate in the international development studies minor and intern or conduct research abroad (virtually or in person) will all be discussed.

Click here to join!

Location: https://notredame.zoom.us/j/91927624220?pwd=d2V3VGZuU1MzVUNBWDdaanN6QzZBUT09

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Volunteering During COVID-19: Community Engagement at a Safe Distance (Virtual)

Listen to a panel of community partners from South Bend, hosted by the Center for Social Concerns, to learn more about ways you can get involved in service and community organizations this fall.

Click here to join!

Location: https://notredame.zoom.us/j/95822732906?pwd=MWRLZ1dtWTZSc0g3REc2MWhSeHA5dz09

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Sample the Snite

Explore what happens at the Snite Museum of Arts! Start your year off by acquainting (or reacquainting) yourself with the Museum and what it has to offer. Sample the ways to get involved at the Museum, check out the permanent collection, and hear about our new temporary photography exhibition, which will open on August 11th!

Location: Snite Museum of Art

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First Trip to the Grotto

This special visit to the very heart of our campus gives students the chance to gather with their new classmates, roommates and friends to reflect on their hopes and goals as they begin their time at Notre Dame. We hope that this “first visit” will simply be the first of many. Students will participate in this annual event with their residence hall or small group of transfer students.

Location: Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes

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Residence Hall Programming

An evening of fun events, important hall information, and bonding with your new fellow residents awaits!

 

Location: Undergraduate Residence Halls

Friday, August 7, 2020

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☘️ Moreau First Year Experience Kick-Off

Let your collegiate academic experience begin! This mandatory event for all first-year students will provide an exciting window into the world of the Moreau First Year Experience - a course designed to aid students' transition to undergraduate life at Notre Dame. Featured speakers will include fellow students, administrators, and guest alums.

Students will join their Moreau section for either an 8:30 am - 9:15 am time slot OR a 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM time slot.

Location: Assigned Campus Classrooms

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Virtual Transfer Experience Panel

How do you make Notre Dame your Home Under the Dome? In this virtual panel, transfer students will discuss community building on campus with Transfer Captain student leaders and will hear about key events and resources from staff in Student Activities, Residential Life, and the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE).

Location: Zoom Meeting (link forthcoming)

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Academic Placement Testing

If you have already registered for a Math Credit Placement Exam or an East Language Placement Exam, you should have received an email indicating testing times, locations, and policies. If you are interested in taking a credit exam but have not yet registered, you must do so before August 1. Visit here for more information!

Location: 102 DeBartolo Hall

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College/Academic Exploration Sessions

As a new student at the University of Notre Dame, you've stepped into a new chapter of your academic journey. The purpose of these sessions is to help students explore the various colleges and schools and the community of scholars that will accompany students as they grow academically, intellectually, and in their ability to serve as forces for good.

Please visit our website to access links, schedules, and locations for the exploration opportunities offered by each college or school.

*Please note that parents & family attendance is limited to virtual sessions. 

Location: Varies

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Behind the Mask: Safety, Science, Style

Join the medical team from University Health Services to learn more about the science behind wearing a mask and how we can all do our part to keep everyone safe in style.

Click here to join virtually!

Location: https://notredame.zoom.us/j/93040231648?pwd=dUNKekk4SENVdHVaV01vYmNKYzc1dz09

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What If I'm Not Catholic?

Ever wonder what the Catholic Mass is all about? Trying to figure out how you can find your place at Notre Dame as a student from another faith background? Look no further than Campus Ministry's "What if I'm Not Catholic?". Our team of Campus Ministers will help connect you to faith resources at Notre Dame and in the South Bend community, and will help illuminate the ways we celebrate the Catholic faith throughout the year.

If you cannot make it to this event in person, you may watch it live here!

Location: Washington Hall

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Tour of Smith Center Recreational Facility

The Smith Center for Recreational Sports, located on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Duncan Student Center, opened in 2018 and is RecSports’ flagship facility. Tours of the Smith Center will introduce students to the variety of equipment and services available inside the facility, in addition to information regarding access and operations for the Fall 2020 semester. Come see what RecSports has to offer for you during your college career!

Tours will be offered by registration only, click here to register. All tours will meet and begin on the 2nd floor of the Duncan Student Center, adjacent to the pool tables at the top of the grand staircase. To ensure physical distancing is maintained for all participants, please do not arrive early for the time slot you have signed up for.

Location: Smith Center for Recreational Sports, Duncan Student Center

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Know Yourself Inside-Out

Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, Fear...we experience all kinds of emotions during times of transition! Join the Center for Student Support and Care as we learn from Pixar's "Inside Out" how ALL emotions help us to cultivate a deeper understanding of ourselves and our experience.

Location: Notre Dame Room Inside the LaFortune Student Center

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PAR-ty on South Quad: Disc Golf

Welcome to ND, Class of 2024! Grab your roommate and a few folks from your dorm and enjoy a fun, socially distant evening with great people, great fun, and disc golf! Hosted by the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Teaching Fellows.

Location: South Quad

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We've Got Your Back

Have a snack. Anticipate the excitement and challenges of the transition to college. Learn how you can have each other's back. Learn about the services offered at the University Counseling Center, and how and when to access them.

Location: LaFortune Ballroom

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Flick on the Field

Watch the movie Rudy like never before! Come out to ND Stadium and experience this great Notre Dame story on the field where Rudy played. 

Location: Notre Dame Stadium

Saturday, August 8, 2020

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☘️ Moreau First Year Experience Kick-Off: Session Two

Gather together once more with your Moreau FYE section to unpack the Welcome Week experience thus far, build connections with your classmates, and anticipate the joys and challenges of the first-year experience this semester.

Students will join their Moreau section for either an 8:30 am - 9:15 am time slot OR a 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM time slot.

Location: Assigned Campus Classrooms

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☘️ BCND Processing for Transfer Students (Virtual)

This is the second component of the BCND training you completed over the summer--a group discussion in which you will discuss possible situations that could be harmful to yourself and others, practice the bystander intervention strategies utilized at Notre Dame, and learn about resources that help our community be a safe and welcoming campus for all. At Building Community the Notre Dame Way, you will learn more in depth about your role as a member of the Notre Dame community. This event serves as a culmination of all of the activities that you have participated in throughout your time at Welcome Weekend that will further enhance your experience at Notre Dame.

Location: Zoom (Link Forthcoming)

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First Year Retreat

Hosted by Campus Ministry, the First-Year "Mini" Retreat will assist first-year student's discovery of their own stories as part of the fabric of the ND community; a community that hopes to deepen and accompany them as their spiritual lives deepen.

Spots are limited! Sign up for the First Year Retreat here.  

Location: Carey Auditorium

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Student Services Resource Fair

What's better than putting all of a student's available resources together in one location during your first week on campus? The Student Services Resource Fair on DeBartolo Quad does just that! Make sure to stop by to check out tables featuring a wide variety of offices and departments from across campus.

Location: Debartolo Quad

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Glow Campus Scavenger Hunt

Meet with your group on the Fieldhouse Mall.

It’s time to work together, one and all.

Can you complete a challenging task?

Find clues to answer the questions we ask.

Each place holds a clue to your next site.

Look for your team’s glow sticks shining bright.

Move as fast as you can to attain a victory.

Now it’s time to solve your first mystery!

 

Location: Plaza outside of LaFortune

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Intro to Guaranteed 4.0

Want top grades with less time spent studying? The Guaranteed 4.0 learning system gives you just that. In this one-hour seminar, Dr. Philip Sakimoto, Director of the Program for Academic Excellence, will introduce you to the core principles of Guaranteed 4.0 and give you access to opportunities to learn the entire system. This program is for you if you are concerned about achieving a high gpa at Notre Dame, confident in your abilities as an honors student but want to avoid undue stress and excessive time spent studying, or worried about your ability to learn effectively during the pandemic. Because Guaranteed 4.0 teaches you how to learn in ways that work in concert with the way your brain works, you will be able to take charge of your own learning regardless of the classroom situation with which you are faced. Hosted by the Center for University Advising.

Can't make it? Join virtually here!

Location: 101 DeBartolo Hall

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Creating Restorative Space

Engage your creative side making artistic elements for your room and learn tips as you build a stress free space to come home to after classes. Hosted by the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being.

Location: Fieldhouse Mall

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Saturday Night Livestream

Live from Notre Dame! It's Saturday Night! Enjoy a Q&A with Chris Redd followed by a Fireside Chat with Heidi Garner and Colin Jost virtually from the videoboard.

Students who choose to attend must reserve tickets, wear masks, and observe physical distancing.

Register HERE for Saturday Night Live Stream by 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7.

Location: Notre Dame Stadium

Sunday, August 9, 2020

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Class Photo

Join the entire Class of 2024 for the first time to take a class photo. Students will be assigned a time to enter the stadium based on their residence hall or transfer small group.

Location: Notre Dame Stadium

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Campus Tree Tour

Notre Dame has many beautiful and unusual trees and you can learn all about them on this interactive tour led by Professor Rachel Novick, Director of the Minor in Sustainability. This tour, starting on God Quad, will give you an opportunity to get oriented to campus from a nature perspective, to meet other students who are interested in the environment, and to learn more about opportunities to get involved in sustainability on campus.

Location: God Quad

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Department of Film, Television, and Theater (Virtual)

FTT offers both a scholarly and a creative context for the general liberal arts student as well as those students seeking intensive preparation for advanced study in Film, Television, or Theatre. The hands-on nature of our curriculum, combined with a holistic, broad-based approach and a very high degree of student-faculty interaction, provides students with a singular educational opportunity.

In addition to coursework, the Department offers a 4-show season of plays to support its theatre curriculum and student artistic development. Student film work is featured annually in the Notre Dame Student Film Festival, which for 29 years has served as a launching pad for student filmmakers as they begin their careers in the film, television, and entertainment industry. FTT also strongly encourages and fosters undergraduate research through the Senior Thesis Program.

Join virtually here!

Location: https://notredame.zoom.us/j/98823234107?pwd=L0g2blo0OEh3TmNrSUdOelFxQlV5dz09

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Intro to Scholarly Engagement (Virtual)

Join Notre Dame's Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) for an online information session to learn more about the opportunities to pursue scholarly engagement as a Notre Dame undergraduate. CUSE staff will tell you about the kinds of scholarly engagement that you can pursue as an undergraduate, virtually or in-person, such as research, internships, and service-learning. Then you'll meet a panel of Notre Dame students, who will take your questions about how to make scholarly engagement an important part of your undergraduate experience. If you'd like to learn more about the resources that are available to help you chart your course, make your impact, and start changing the world as an undergraduate, please join us!

Click here to join!

Location: https://notredame.zoom.us/j/92950430601?pwd=WElOaHd1ZlFQVEJFeGt3SlZZeHpUQT09

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Psychology Major Info Session (Virtual)

This info session, hosted by the Psychology Department, will provide information about the major, major requirements, research opportunities, study abroad options for psychology majors, and potential career or graduate school options.

Click here to join!

Location: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://notredame.zoom.us/j/98195735885?pwd%3DMG8xKzhUSWRPRGhoMEh0bXdkN2xsUT09&sa=D&source=calendar&ust=1596805127118000&usg=AOvVaw3lHEB8iHQTY05JfOzc2D_d

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Tours of Walsh Family Hall of Architecture

Restricted to students of the Architecture program only. First-year Architecture students are invited to join small group tours of Walsh Family Hall, including their drawing studio, classrooms, Digital Design Studio, and the Hall of Casts. Tours depart every half hour. Students must register in advance for this event, click here to sign up!

Please meet outside the Hall of Casts entrance of Walsh Family Hall of Architecture, at the corner of Eddy Street and Holy Cross Drive.

 

Location: Walsh Family Hall of Architecture

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Program of Liberal Studies Open House

Come meet with faculty and students from the Program of Liberal Studies, a multidisciplinary undergraduate program dedicated to exploring Western intellectual history through reading and discussing some of its most influential and powerful texts.

Location: South Quad

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European Connections & Ice Cream Selections

Cool off with the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and learn more about how you can apply for internship, service, or research grants to Europe! The Nanovic Institute offers a number of grant and advanced learning opportunities for undergraduate students open to any major, as well as a Minor in European Studies and Concentration in Transnational European Studies through the Keough School of Global Affairs. We'll have information and individually packaged ice cream treats available. If you're interested in traveling to or studying Europe, this is the place to be!

Location: Nanovic Hall University of Notre Dame

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Welcome Back to the CSC (Virtual)

Join us at the Center for Social Concerns' annual welcome back event--now hosted virtually! Center faculty and staff will be available to share information about courses and programs and to answer your questions. CSC t-shirts and other prizes will be raffled off to participants.

Click here to join!

Location: https://notredame.zoom.us/j/95288392202

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Welcome Students in the Glynn Family Honors Program!

A welcome and orientation for first-year students entering the Glynn Family Honors Program.

Location: Washington Hall

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All-Student Opening Mass

As Welcome Week comes to a close and as we open the new school year, join your fellow classmates on Sunday evening for an All-Student Mass in Notre Dame Stadium.

Watch virtually here!

Location: Notre Dame Stadium