Welcome Weekend: August 2023
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Welcome Weekend August 2023
¡Bienvenidos! Una Nota Final del Welcome Weekend
Dear new Notre Dame families,

We are so excited to welcome you in just a few short days! Below are reminders and information about a few of Welcome Weekend’s special programs for students and guests. 

Welcome Weekend Reminders

You and your family can access a detailed schedule of Welcome Weekend events. We hope these descriptions help you identify the various opportunities and requirements for you and your family throughout your weekend experience.

If they have not already, all incoming students must complete Building Community the Notre Dame WayAlcoholEdu, and Active Violence and Emergency Planning Training before August 17, 2023. Students received a reminder to complete these items today.

Will your student be arriving on campus alone?

All students who plan to arrive at Notre Dame alone (unaccompanied by family, friends, or guardians), should let us know by Monday, Aug. 14. This information will help our community welcome you in the best way possible. Students received a reminder of how to share this information with us today.

Welcome Weekend Special Events

While each Welcome Weekend event is an opportunity for our growing community to authentically encounter and welcome all students, the following special events might be of particular interest to students and families of underrepresented backgrounds and/or those who primarily speak Spanish.
Today, students received links to RSVP for these events.

You Belong Here: Welcoming All Backgrounds and Identities to Notre Dame

Friday, Aug. 18, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Downes Ballroom, located in Corbett Hall
All students and guests are invited

This event is intended to fully and distinctly welcome incoming students and families of underrepresented or minoritized backgrounds and identities to the community at Notre Dame. Brief remarks from University leaders will be followed by an opportunity to visit with representatives from each office and learn more about their resources.

You can view more about this event with your family on the Welcome Weekend schedule.


Friday, Aug. 18, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Dahnke Ballroom, located on the seventh floor of the Duncan Student Center
All students and families are welcome
Dinner will be provided

This event, offered completely in Spanish, is intended to welcome students and families who are primarily Spanish-speaking. It will share information and resources that are available and accessible to all students, and will offer families the opportunity to make a personal connection with faculty and staff members who will speak during the program. Represented offices will include the Academic AdvisingCampus Ministry, Financial Aid, Residential Life, Student Enrichment, Transformational Leaders Program, and other student services offices.

You can view this event with your family on the Welcome Weekend schedule.

Black and Indigenous Faculty & Student Welcome Celebration

Monday, Aug. 21, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
All students welcome

Students are invited to join the Office of the Provost and the Black and Indigenous faculty of Notre Dame for a joyful celebration of their hard work and the wonderful things ahead of them as members of the Notre Dame academic community. This event is also an important opportunity for students to connect with fellow undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty. Refreshments will be served. 
You and your family can view this event on the Welcome Weekend schedule

Join the story of Notre Dame

You and your family enter into the story of the Congregation of Holy Cross, the religious community that founded the University of Notre Dame. During these final days before Welcome Weekend, join Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C., Vice President for Student Affairs as he invites you to take upon the legacy of the great band of men and women who have dedicated their lives to the vision and promise of Catholic education. You can view the video below.
We are counting the days until we are able to welcome you to Notre Dame. Until then, you remain close in our hearts. 

Emily Orsini 
Program Director for New Student Engagement and Formation
Division of Student Affairs

E. Andrew Whittington
Director of First Year Programs
Center for University Advising
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