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UT Martin to host Welcome Weekend activities Aug. 25-27


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut


MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin will host its annual welcome weekend activities for the incoming freshman class Aug. 25-27 leading up to the first day of classes on Aug. 28.

Welcome Weekend traditionally begins on the Friday before the start of each fall semester. Move-In Mania is scheduled from 6 a.m.-noon, Aug. 25, and is the first opportunity students will have to begin moving into their assigned residence halls. Members of student organizations, athletics teams and community groups will be on hand to assist as-needed.

Official check-in for First-Year Initiative, a special program designed for new college students, will begin at 8 a.m. in the Boling University Center’s Duncan Ballroom, and students can check in until 2:30 p.m. Solution Central, a one-stop shop for last-minute needs, will also be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in room 229 of the Boling University Center.

Students and families are welcome to have lunch in the Skyhawk Dining Hall beginning at noon, and students will meet with their General Studies 101 class groups and Peer-Enabling Program leaders and mentors at 3 p.m. An informational session for parents and guardians will be held in Watkins Auditorium at the same time.

An official convocation ceremony welcoming the incoming class to their college experience will begin at 5 p.m. in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. Families and visitors are invited to stay for the ceremony.

An evening meal will be served beginning at 6 p.m., and parents can take this time to wish their students well before departing campus. Students can then attend a special social program called “Friday Night Flights” beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center.

Late check-in will be held from 8-8:30 a.m., Aug. 26, for those unable to arrive on Friday. PEP groups will meet beginning at 8:30, and groups will rotate through an assembly schedule until 4 p.m. Students will be given the assembly schedule for their individual PEP groups upon arrival for First-Year Initiative. Schedules can also be found online.

All groups will reconvene at 4 p.m. for Recreation Rampage and a picnic at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center, and each residence hall will host a floor meeting at 7 p.m. before The Yard Block Party at 8:30 p.m. near the University Village residence halls.

The schedule for Aug. 27 begins with PEP group meetings at 1 p.m., an orientation session with freshman success counselors at 2:15 p.m. in Watkins Auditorium, and a general assembly at 3 p.m. in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.

Fall classes officially begin at 8 a.m., Aug. 28, according to each student’s course schedule. A student organization and city of Martin merchant fair will be held at 5 p.m. in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center to help new students become familiar with the variety of on-campus activities and off-campus businesses available in the Martin area.

For more information on First-Year Initiative, contact David Belote at 731-881-3104 or email

PHOTO ID: Students are shown arriving for the convocation ceremony during Welcome Weekend 2016.

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