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Image: Photos of SF State students, families and guests at Welcome Days

Welcome Days 2017 Schedule


2017 Program schedule will be available in the Gator Guides App used during

your New Student Orientation!


Instructions for how to access the guide can be found here (linked)


You may also access the full schedule here (linked)





Saturday, August 19th

Sunday, August 20th

Monday, August 21st

Tuesday, August 22nd

Wednesday, August 23rd & Thursday, August 24th



Saturday, August 19th

Move-In Day

9 a.m. | University Housing

Welcome Home Resident BBQ

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | West Campus Green

While new Gators and their families are working up an appetite settling in to their new homes, join Sodexo dining services for a smoking BBQ!

Residential Life Parent Panel

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Seven Hills Conference Center

Professional staff will provide parents with important information regarding the residential experience. There will be a Questions and Answer session following the panel discussion.

Movie on the Lawn

8 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Main Quad

Relax, meet fellow new students and watch a newly released blockbuster film. Family and friends are welcome. The film will begin when it's dark outside! Sponsored by your Associated Students, Inc. (ASI).

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Information Session

Sunday, August 20th

Parent and New Student Brunch Send-Off

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Student Life Events Center

Unfortunately, this event is sold out! If there are any available seats, they will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Cash and check payments will be accepted.

Students and Guests will enjoy special programming and brunch as we prepare to begin the Fall semester. Note- brunch requires additional ticket purchase when registering for Fall 2017 Welcome Days. Details provided during the registration process. Co-sponsored by the SF State Alumni Association. *Please note, that this event requires a separate purchased ticket for all attendees, including students and parents/guests. Event is currently sold out.

Meet the Greeks

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Centennial Walkway

The Fraternity and Sorority community represents a vibrant and dynamic part of the Student Life experience at SF State. Come join them for a fun and engaging series of activites aimed at helping you get to know other new students and meeting current Greek students and their organizations.

SF State Presents: Josh McVicar Hypnotist and Mentalist Show

9:00 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Student Life Events Center

Josh McVicar has been astounding with providing comedy, magic and hypnosis professionally for more than 15 years.  He’s performed at hundreds of colleges, corporations, parties and special events with his unique brand of entertainment that combines side splitting humor, hypnotic trances, explosive surprises, and mind bending magic to create an experience like no other.  With shows packed full of laughs and audience participation, McTrickster will give a performance you are sure not to forget!

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Monday, August 21st


Welcome Days Check In and Registration

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. | Don Nasser Family Plaza (Main Gym)

Receive your Welcome Days materials and instructions for how to navigate your schedule for the day. Be sure to bring your SF State Student ID OneCard with you during check in.


Campus Partners and Departmental Open Houses

Various Times 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. | Various locations (refer to your Gator Guides App)

University colleges, departments and support programs will host a variety of information sessions to assist students in learning about the many options and resources available to achieve academic success and engagement at SF State. Sessions include tours, general information sessions, and resource guides

Kick Off with PlayFair

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Cox Stadium

Taste of SF State

12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Main Quad/Lawn, Malcolm X Plaza and Cesar Chavez Student Center

Grab some free food, sample SF State cuisine, learn how to get involved in student activities and enjoy music at this food fair and student activities showcase.

Café 101, Café Rosso, Sodexo, Gold Coast Grill & Catering, Nizario’s Pizza, Natural Sensations, Station Café, Subway, Taqueria Girasol, Taza Smoothies & Wraps, Village Market & Pizza.

Student Success Workshops

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Various Classrooms (refer to your Gator Guides App)

Various workshops will be offered for parents and incoming students to choose from to provide detailed information regarding academic programs, University resources and tips on how to be successful at SF State.

Student Life Carnival

5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | West Campus Green

Enjoy an evening of music, food, games, and much more as we bring the carnival to SF State.

Greet a Gator

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | J. Paul Leonard Library

Looking for something a little more low-key? Bring yourself and your new gator friends to Greet a Gator and enjoy some games, snacks, and other activities to help you unwind and connect.

Student Center Student Life Dance & Karaoke Party

9 p.m. – 1 a.m. | Cesar Chavez Student Center

Various programs and entertainment are in store for this year's Student Center Dance and Karaoke Party! Activities include a dance party, live entertainment, The Depot, and other programming aimed at helping you meet new students!

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Tuesday, August 22nd

Stay Tuned!

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Main Quad/Lawn, Malcolm X Plaza and Cesar Chavez Student Center

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Wednesday, August 23rd & Thursday, August 24th

Directions to Classes

8 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Various Areas of Campus

Need help finding the buildings your classes are in? No fear! We will have direction stations set up around campus to help you navigate your first two days being an official GATOR!


Welcome to Student Life Information Fair

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Malcolm X Plaza/Quad

Learn about the many departments, student organizations and resources on campus that help shape the Student Life experience. Students will also have the opportunity to suggest new ideas for Student Life at SF State.

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