Welcome Week 2019!

You've made the right choice! We're thrilled you're joining the Warner Pacific family, and we want to help you start the year off right. The week long event is required for all incoming new students (residential, transfer and commuter). You will have the opportunity to meet with your peers, staff, faculty and alumni where you will learn more about the WPU experience!

To help, we've lined up a week of chances to connect with other new students, tools, and resources to help make your first year at Warner Pacific successful and exciting (with a few surprises along the way). At Welcome Week you will…

  • Know that you are welcomed and find space to try new things!

  • Get settled before classes start.

  • Learn tips from FYLC faculty on how to succeed in the classroom.

  • Connect with staff that will share student success and retention resources.

  • Learn more about our inclusive campus experience.

  • Lean into what it means to be a new Knight!

Don’t forget to confirm your attendance and your guest’s at the New Student Lunch and the WPU Family Dinner on Saturday, August 24th Welcome Week Sign-Up.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact your admissions counselor or contact us through the form at the end of this page.


Welcome Week, August 24 - 30

Saturday, August 24

New Student Check In for all Transfer, Commuter, and Residential Students
8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Egtvedt Lobby (EGV)
Whether you are living on campus this year or commuting stop in and pick up your welcome bag, meet WPU staff, and visit the Campus Resource Fair. Plus you can start your WPU Passport trek around campus where you’ll have five days to collect information from the WPU community and win great prizes).

Residential Students: Textbooks will be available for residential students in their rooms.

Commuter Students: Textbooks will be available in the cafeteria from 10-11am on Saturday, August 24 and again on Sunday, August 25 from 9-10:00am.

ID Photo and Campus Tours: If you missed taking your student ID picture be sure to visit the Student Life Center and sign-up at the front desk. There will be two campus tours held on Saturday, August 24 if you would like to view our beautiful campus we will meet up in the Student Life Center at 11:00am and 1:30pm.

Coffee with WPU President, Dr. Andrea Cook 10:30am - 11:00am, Student Life Center All students and their guests are welcome to grab a quick bite and meet Dr. Cook between the hustle and bustle of getting settled on campus.

Campus Resource Fair
11:00a.m. - 11:45 p.m., Dining Hall
Connect with Student Life Staff and faculty where you will learn about student success resources.

New Student Lunch
12noon - 1:00 p.m., McGuire Auditorium
It wouldn’t be an official welcome to WPU without some time to meet with our student leaders and staff! Enjoy lunch with family and guests and other new students while meeting campus student leaders.
*Bring your WPU Student ID; family and guests eat free.

Title IX and Safety 2:00pm - 2:50pm, Schlatter Come and here our campus experts talk with you about how to engage and respond to campus issues in a holistic way that creates an inclusive and safe campus community.

Student Leader Event, A.F. Gray Lawn 3:00pm - 3:40pm All students meet on the lawn and under the tent for a campus break.

First Year Learning Community Sessions
3:50p.m. - 4:15p.m., Multiple Locations
Students will have the opportunity to meet their assigned first year communities.

Parent Orientation 2:00p.m. - 2:45p.m., EGV 203 and Schlatter (Spanish Language) Please join us for a brief introduction to parent engagement opportunities in support of our new Knights. Topics to be discussed are campus financial matters, how to support your new college student, FERPA, and how you can stay informed about student life!

Parent Panel Discussion  3:00p.m. – 3:40p.m.

Parent Interview and Photo Booth 4:15p.m. – 4:45p.m. Join us for a speed interview and a photo to memorialize your first year experience as a Parent of a new Knight! We want to hear your thoughts “What do you want your daughter or son to take away from this first year experience?”

WPU All-Family Dinner 5:30p.m. - 7:00p.m., A.F. Gray Lawn Don’t forget to bring your student ID and your guests for an all Knight family dinner.

President’s Knighting and Closing Ceremony 7:00p.m. - 7:45p.m., McGuire Auditorium Students will be officially inducted into the Warner Pacific University community with the support of family and friends in this closing ceremonial new Knight tradition.

WPU New Student Celebration and Dance Off
8:00p.m. - 11:00p.m., A.F. Gray Lawn
Have some fun and “Slide to the Left” as you clap your hands and dance on the lawn with your new friends!

Sunday, August 25

Community Worship
10:00a.m. - 11:20a.m., McGuire Auditorium
Attend our community gathering with students, faculty, and staff in celebration of the new year. Scan your ID card to receive Chapel attendance credit.

Annual Tree Planting
11:30a.m. - 11:50a.m., Campus
All new students are asked to attend our annual tree planting to commemorate the beginning of the new academic year!

President’s BBQ Lunch
12noon - 1 p.m., Cafeteria
It wouldn’t be a welcome to WPU without some time with our President, Dr. Andrea Cook! Join us for lunch and conversation with our President, and learn how you can lean in and make a difference as a new Knight!

Bystander Interventions
1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., McGuire Auditorium
Students are always able to file a care or incident report here.

Surprise Guest - Concert
6:30pm - 8:00p.m., Smith Lawn

Monday, August 26

Convocation 10:00am - 11:30pm, McGuire Auditorium

Involvement Fair
4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m., A.F. Gray Lawn
Explore the many ways to get involved at Warner Pacific whether it’s athletics, multicultural organizations, clubs, student leadership, or academic research, there’s a way for you to plug in and find your community on campus.

Tuesday, August 27

Student Life Event, Location TBD

Wednesday, August 28

10:30a.m. - 11:20a.m., McGuire Auditorium
Attend our first chapel with students, faculty, and staff in celebration of the new year. Scan in to receive your first chapel credit.

Friday, August 30

Passports and More
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Student Life Center
Come and debrief with your peers about your week and earn a chance to win a gift card with the submission of your completed passport and attendance at all Welcome Week events.

September 7

City Search
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Portland Community, McGuire Auditorium Check In
All Freshmen are expected to participate in this full day of personal exploration as the classroom meets the city during our annual search of the city led by FYLC faculty.

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