What is Welcome Week?
Welcome Week takes place over the first two weeks of the fall semester and involves large-scale programming to welcome new students, returning students, faculty, and staff back to campus for the new academic year.
This transition period provides a valuable opportunity for the building of the Georgetown community by bringing together everyone on campus. It is a time to encourage student involvement, boost school spirit, and create life-long memories on the Hilltop. It integrates multicultural and international themes with the Jesuit ideals of community and diversity. It provides free or significantly reduced-priced activities and food for students, making meals and entertainment easily accessible while both new and returning students adjust to being back on campus.
Welcome Week invites everyone to embrace the new school year with energy and excitement. Despite the impending return to new academic challenges, we strive to remind our community of the importance of integrating fun into the Georgetown experience. Hoya Saxa!
Welcome Back Jack BBQ
Our largest and most celebrated event, WBJ is a fun-filled afternoon of activities, student group performances, free food, giveaways, and thousands of people - not to mention the infamously elusive WBJ t-shirts. This event is sponsored by NSO, Campus Ministry, Office of the Provost, Office of the President, Human Resources, and Georgetown Catering.
The Midnight Carnival is co-sponsored by the Georgetown Program Board and What’s After Dark. Food, inflatables, and other activities line the Healy and Copley Lawns on this fun evening during the first week of school.
Life Raft Debate
The context of this entertaining academic debate: a global catastrophe has occurred and only one professor – one field of study – will be allowed the coveted spot on the “life raft” in hopes of rebuilding a post-apocalyptic world. After the debate, the audience votes to name the most compelling speaker as the winner – and sole survivor.
Community Resource Expo
This expo is an opportunity for students to learn and utilize the readily available resources in the Georgetown community. In addition to being able to connect with multiple campus services, attendees can enter raffles for various prizes from vendors like Whole Foods and Coca-Cola.
Six Flags Trip
At a discounted price, students can enjoy a day at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, MD with transportation and entertainment provided by Welcome Week.
And Many More!
These above events are just a few of the many activities that make up Welcome Week. Stay tuned for more details regarding other student sponsored programs.
Shelby Bartemy, COL'14
Cayla Fappiano, NHS'15
Jeffrey Lin, SFS'16