The first weeks of student life at UNCG are exciting, fun, and all about getting to know new people and the campus community. Rawkin’ Welcome Weeks, Ignite, and NAV1GATE will help Spartans have the best possible start to the year.
Rawkin’ Welcome Weeks supports new and returning students with the transition to college life. Specialized events help students acclimate to campus life and give them an opportunity to make new friends and new connections.
The celebration kicks off on August 12, and Spartans can join the excitement of the new semester on social media. Share your photos from Rawkin’ Welcome Weeks events by using the hashtags #Back2UNCG and #UNCGRWW on Twitter and Instagram. Students also have a chance to win SpartanCash and UNCG swag by participating in our #Back2UNCG photo contest this month on Instagram and TikTok. Follow the @uncg account to learn more in the coming days, and access templates, mobile wallpapers, and augmented reality features on our page.
Here’s a timeline of what’s going on during the first two weeks of the school year:
EUC poster Sale (August 12-19)
Elliott University Center Commons, 9-6 p.m.
Looking to decorate your room or apartment with cool posters and wall tapestries? Then stop by the EUC Poster Sale to take care of all your decorating needs.
RHA Cash Cab (August 16-19)
All over Campus
Need a ride to class? Or just need a ride to the EUC? Well, RHA Swag Cab got you! There’s just one catch, you gotta answer some questions about UNCG & RHA to win some swag! The more questions you get correct, the better the swag! Get a question wrong? Well, you still get to walk away with something! Look out for our golf cart with our sign to catch a ride throughout the day during the first week of classes!
First Friday at the G
Elliott University Center (EUC), 5-11 p.m.
Join us for your First Friday at the G! We will have a variety of activities starting that include (but aren’t limited to!) bingo, canvas painting, video game stations, succulents, trivia and more! Join us in Cone Ballroom at 8 a.m. for a black light bash dance party!
Kaplan Center, 6-10 p.m.
Dive into the start of the semester and join us at the Kaplan Center for a pool party! There will be music and a ton of pool inflatables, Kona Ice, and you can even create a customized fanny pack! You won’t want to miss out on this event!
Elliott University Center, 3-5 p.m.
This is an experience created to support Spartans when beginning their UNCG journey. 1GNITE and NAV1GATE are special days for every new student coming to UNCG, including incoming freshmen and transfer students, designed for getting to know the people, ideas, and opportunities that await. Participants are advised to meet at the EUC Lawn for their Class Photo wearing their UNCG t-shirt from SOAR and then head inside the EUC for NAV1GATE. For more information about 1GNITE and NAV1GATE, please visit here.
Blue and Gold Bash
Cone Ballroom, EUC, 5-9 p.m.
Stop by the Blue & Gold Bash for a UNCG street sign, personalized tumbler, music, inflatables and more!
Fleming Gym, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
NAV1GATE is a special day dedicated to new Spartans to help you get to know the people, ideas, and opportunities that await you during your time here. You will hear from Chancellor Gilliam and connect with faculty, staff, student leaders, and your peers, who will show you the resources and support systems available to help you have a successful first year. You will participate in Spartan traditions to mark the beginning of your college career.
August 16: First Day of Class
CAP Fall Kickoff
College Avenue, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Find your fit here at UNCG, Spartans! Join us on College Avenue for the annual student organization and department fair, Fall Kickoff. Learn about the over 250 student groups and departments to become involved with!
OIE Pan-African Welcome Fest
Moran Fountain, 3-6 p.m.
All students are invited to come to make new friends, learn about Pan-African clubs and resources, and meet the staff who are here at the G to support them. Join us for great music, fun games, and free food. While supplies last.
Bingo on the Lawn
The Quad Lawns, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Think you’re the ultimate Bingo Player? Well, come join your fellow Spartans and RHA for some Bingo On The Lawn! We’ll have the music! We’ll have some snacks, and we’ll have prizes galore!
NCSV First Year Play in E-Sports Arena
Moran Commons, 10-11:30 a.m.
Play Video Games! Hosted by the Network for the Cultural Study of Videogaming. Play and discuss a game that deals with themes of identity and community. Learn more about studying video games at UNCG and meet fellow gamers and game fans!
Astrology Cafe: University Libraries in the Stars
Jackson Library, Reference Room on Main Floor, 2-4 p.m.
Hosted by the University Libraries, the Astrology Cafe will explore natal charts, horoscopes, and all things astrology over fun and casual conversations and snacks. If possible, come prepared with your birth location, birth time, and/or any of your favorite astrology items!
OIE Hispanidad y Latinidad Fiesta
Moran Fountain, 6-9 p.m.
All students are invited to come to make new friends, learn about Hispanic and Latinx clubs and resources, and meet the staff who are here at the G to support them. Join us for great music, fun games, and free food while supplies last.
Women’s Soccer Tailgate
UNCG Recreation Field, 6-7:30 p.m.
The first 50 students at the soccer field to cheer on UNCG’s Women’s Soccer team will get free food! Gates open at 6 pm and the game starts at 7 p.m.!
OIE Welcome Event for Queer Students
Moran Fountain, Noon-3 p.m.
All students are invited to come make new friends, learn about LGBTQ+ clubs and resources, and meet staff who are here at the G to support you. Join us for great music, fun games, and free food while supplies last.
Movie on the Lawn
EUC Lawn, 8-10 p.m.
Bring your own blanket or chair, and join ACE for a movie on the lawn! There will be popcorn available for the first 50 students! Follow @uncgace on Instagram to find out what movie will be showing! (Rain Location is at the EUC Auditorium)
Spartan Service Day
Cone Ballroom, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
This annual university-wide day of service gives UNCG students an opportunity to get off campus and engage with different parts of our community through service! Participation is free and lunch is provided. We hope this day sparks your interest to continue to learn and serve in the Greensboro community and get involved on-campus and locally! Hosted by the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement Learn more and register.
Quad Lawn, 1-5 p.m.
Come on out and join fellow Spartans as they engage in traditional carnival games! Come enjoy a funnel cake and popcorn, and enjoy some carnival rides all at the same time! It’s the perfect way to decompress after the first week of classes!
This is just a teaser of events planned for the beginning of the school year. Click here the full calendar of events.
Story by Dana Broadus, University Communications
Photography by Jiyoung Park, University Communications