Connect from day one
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. To help, we've lined up two days filled with chances to connect with other new students, tools and resources to help make your first weeks and months at Warner Pacific successful and exciting, and a few surprises along the way.
Saturday includes a track for your family and guests, so invite them to join you from the morning's check-in until the family farewell at 7:30 p.m.
The rest of the schedule is below. 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 Weekend 2018 - General Schedule
Scan to win! Students, scan your ID card when you enter any session with the scan icon (*), and you'll be entered to win hundreds of dollars worth of prizes that will be drawn at Sunday's dinner. Each scan is another entry into the drawing. You must be present to win! So - attend as many sessions as possible chances to grab Amazon gift cards, iTunes gift cards, and more!
Saturday, August 25
Residence Life Check-In and Move-In | Egtvedt Lobby and the Smith Hall Lawn
If you're living on campus this year, come early to check in, unload your belongings, meet your Resident Adviser and roommate, and walk through any final campus resource booths you need to visit to prepare for your semester!
Commuter Check-In and Resource Fair | Egtvedt Lobby
Commuting to campus? Come check in for Welcome Weekend, grab a pastry and coffee, and visit the resource tables to prepare for your semester. From ID card photos to info on faith and service requirements, we'll be available to get your questions answered.
Offices & Resources Available Saturday
We'll have a number of offices and resources available for you Saturday morning for any last-minute questions or to finish up any final paperwork, including:
- Financial Aid
- Academic Advising
- Mail Room (pick up your mailbox key!)
- Campus Safety
President's Coffee for Family and Guests | Student Life Center
As students gather information or settle into their rooms, family and guests are welcome to take a break, grab a snack, and meet Warner Pacific's President, Dr. Andrea Cook.
Welcome Lunch and Welcome Weekend Kickoff | McGuire Auditorium
It all begins here! Enjoy lunch with other future Knights as well as family and guests while meeting campus leaders. Students, bring your ID card; family and guests eat free.
* Preparing for Success: Resource Sessions | Multiple Locations
Students and guests will have the opportunity to visit support resources across campus and hear from the experts about ways to connect and succeed inside and outside of the classroom. You will learn about academic success, library resources, Campus Safety, policies, dining services, campus activities, career services, and more.
Learning Community Groups 1, 2, and 3 will start in Egtvedt 203 - Campus Involvement
Learning Community Groups 4, 5, and 6 will start in Schlatter Chapel - Campus Safety, Policies, and Dining
Transfer Learning Community, and Transfer Experience Group will begin in the Library - Academic Success
Students: * Learning Community Sessions | Multiple Locations
Meet your First-Year and Transfer Learning Communities!
Family and Guests: Family Session - Partnership for Student Success | Egtvedt 203 (English) and the Student Life Center (Spanish)
While students are meeting in their Learning Communities, parents and family members will come together to discuss ways to support their students as they begin college. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the university president, administrators, and current students.
WPU Family Dinner with Faculty | A.F. Gray Lawn
Join the entire WPU community for a welcome dinner on the lawn. Bring your ID card; family and guests eat free.
* Knighting Ceremony & Family Farewell | McGuire Auditorium
Students will be officially inducted into the Warner Pacific University community with the support of family and friends in this one-of-a kind Knight tradition!
Italian Sodas & Dance Off | AF Gray Lawn
After a full day of connecting to WPU and those around you, have some fun learning new (and old) dances on the lawn and sipping on Italian Sodas from Alumni Relations.
-- Spanish language translation available for family and guest track --
Sunday, August 26
Breakfast | Egtvedt Dining Hall
Join other Knights and kick off the day right with a delicious breakfast. Remember to bring your WPU ID card.
* Community Worship | McGuire Auditorium
Learn about the holistic spiritual development that you will experience at Warner Pacific.
Annual Tree Planting | Mt. Tabor Campus
Every year, WPU's incoming class plants a tree on campus to commemorate the beginning of their university journey. Join in the tradition so you can come back years from now and see how your tree has grown!
11:45 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
President’s Bar-B-Que | Egtvedt Dining Hall
Hear from President Cook as you eat lunch and meet other students. Once again, don't forget that WPU ID card.
* Step UP! Bystander Intervention | McGuire Auditorium
Lean how to look out for other Knights and intervene in critical situations in this student-led, interactive session.
* Learning Community Sessions | Multiple Locations
Students will meet their Learning Communities in their assigned locations.
* Art as Activism | Library
Celebrate Warner Pacific's diverse community through visual art, performances, and activities. Meet the Multicultural Orgs, and find ways to get involved in exploring culture, participating in advocacy, and cultivating an inclusive campus. Of course ... there will be food!
Dinner | Egtvedt Dining Hall
Grab some food before heading to the evening's activities. Don't forget your WPU ID card.
All Hall Residence Life Meeting | Warman Hall Lobby
All students who are living on campus get together to learn the ins and outs of housing and meet the Resident Advisors (RAs). From how laundry works in your hall to watching Netflix for free, you'll learn it all!
Commuter Road Map | Student Life Center
Get to know other commuters who are also starting at WPU and learn the secrets of success (and best spots to park, study, and meet people on campus) over dessert in the Student Life Center!
WPU Outdoor Cinema: Black Panther | Smith Hall Lawn
Grab a blanket (or find one that we provide) and head to the lawn for an evening showing of Black Panther, complete with popcorn and movie snacks.
Monday, August 27
ResLife Semester Kickoff BBQ | A.F. Gray Lawn
Tuesday, August 28
Convocation | McGuire Auditorium
Join the WPU community as faculty, staff, and students celebrate the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year.
WPU Block Party - Involvement and Academics Fair | A.F. Gray Lawn
Find ways to get involved on campus! This is the perfect time to connect with faculty about your major, student clubs, leadership teams, and other community organizations. Bring your ID card for dinner.
Wednesday, August 29
Multicultural Orgs Kickoff | Student Life Center
Thursday, August 30
Student Senate | Student Life Center
Saturday, September 1
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
City Search (First Year Learning Communities) | McGuire Auditorium
If you'd like to hear more about what to expect during Welcome Weekend or why you won't want to miss it, listen in here:
(If you'd like to read a transcript of the conversation, you can find it here.)