Weekend of Welcome


Our faculty, staff, and students are excited to welcome first year and transfer students to Saint Mary's College as our newest Gaels!

Weekend of Welcome 2023 will take place August 24-27.  Fall classes begin on Monday, August 28.

Check out the Weekend of Welcome schedule below.  Times are subject to change.

Weekend of Welcome Schedule of Events

9am-1pm - First Year Student Move-In, Residence Halls

  • Last Name A-L:  9am-11am
  • Last Name M-Z:  11am-1pm

12pm - Black Student & Family Welcome Reception, presented by the Black Leadership Coalition, Intercultural Center

1pm-3pm - Relax & Unwind, Ferroggiaro Quad

3-4:30pm - Student Life Meet & Greet, 1928 Pub and Dryden Hall

4pm - Men's Soccer v. Detroit Mercy, SMC Stadium

4:45pm - Welcome Blessing Hosted by the Mission & Ministry Center, De La Salle Lawn

5-7pm - Farewell BBQ, Chapel Lawn

7pm - Meet Your Weekend of Welcome Leader

8pm - First Year Welcome Event, Soda Center

9m - Late Night, Oliver Hall

8:30-9:45am - Breakfast with your WoW Group, Oliver Hall

10-11:30am - First Hall Meeting and Roommate Agreements, Various Locations*

11:30am-12:45pm - Lunch, Oliver Hall

1pm - New Student Convocation, Soda Center

2pm - First Year Advising Cohort Meeting, Various Classrooms*

3:30pm - Yes! Yes! Yes! with Jeff Bucholz, Soda Center

5-7:30pm - Dinner Available, Oliver Hall

8pm - Residence Hall Association (RHA) Soiree, Ferroggiaro Quad

*Check your specific information located on your residence hall door


7:30-10am - Brunch Available, Oliver Hall

9am-12pm - Transfer Student Move-In, Residence Halls

10am - Meet with your WoW Group, Various Locations

12pm - Transfer Student Welcome, De La Salle Lawn

12:30-2pm - Lunch Available, Oliver Hall

1-4pm - Campus Recreation Pool Party, Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center

4:30pm - Paint the SMC, Meet on De La Salle Lawn

5-7pm - Dinner Available, Oliver Hall

8pm - WoW Carnival, De La Salle Lawn



9-1:30pm - Brunch Available, Oliver Hall

10am-5pm - Bay Area Trips, Sign Up for these throughout WoW

10am-2pm - Adventure SMC

12:30-2pm - Lunch Available, Oliver Hall

1pm - Men's Soccer v. Utah Tech, SMC Stadium

5-7pm - Welcome Back BBQ, De La Salle Lawn




WOW Students

Weekend of Welcome

Your guides for Weekend of Welcome are Student Leaders (WoWies), who will answer your questions, give advice and show you around!

After move-in day, you, as a new student, get to take part in Weekend of Welcome—you'll participate in activities that focus on coursework, programs that complement the curriculum, and activities that will help you get acquainted with your new home. 

Apply to be a WoWie