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

Welcome Days 2016 Schedule


2016 Program schedule is now available for download via the Guidebook App!


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


You may also access the full schedule here (linked)





Saturday, August 20th

Sunday, August 21st

Monday, August 22nd

Tuesday, August 23rd

Wednesday, August 24th & Thursday, August 25th



Saturday, August 20th

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

8:30 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 21st

Parent and New Student Brunch Send-Off
(We apologize, but this event is currently SOLD OUT)

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

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 2016 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.

Meet the Greeks

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Main Gym

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 22nd


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 schedule for the day. Be sure to bring your SF State Student ID OneCard with you during check in.


Academic & Student Life Resources

Various Times 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. | Various locations (see printed program)

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

  • Check out the tentative information on Academic & Student Life

SF State Welcome: Faces of Community

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Main Quad

This event is the official SF State welcome to all incoming students including remarks from the University President, President of Associated Students, Inc., Dean of Students, and the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management. Each speaker will provide insight into the SF State experience through his or her unique perspective. SF State invites incoming students, their family and guests to discover the many faces that make up our diverse and multifaceted University community. As you begin your journey at SF State, you will learn that it will be a unique, challenging and enriching experience.


The Transfer Transition

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m | Knuth Auditorium

Transfer students are already familiar with college life. However, every institution has its own way of doing things. Learn how to best achieve academic success at SF State as an incoming transfer student.

Welcome to the Real World (First-Year Students)

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m | McKenna Auditorium

Welcome to college life. Student actors convey possible real-world scenarios while University departments provide helpful tips regarding safety, wellness, and student success.

Home Away From Home (Parents)

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m | Jack Adams Hall (Cesar Chavez Student Center)

Administrators and staff provide family and guests with important information regarding safety and wellness resources at SF State. There will be a Questions and Answers session following the panel discussion.

Taste of SF State

12:30 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

Film Showing: Agents of Change

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | McKenna Auditorium

Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country in the late 1960's that led to protests on college campuses from SF State to Cornell University. Through the stories of the courageous young men and women, including actor Danny Glover, then a student leader at San Francisco State,the film takes viewers to the crossroads of the Civil Rights, Black Power, and anti-Vietnam War movements at a pivotal time in America's history. Today, as the struggle continues with the Black Lives Matter movement and concurrent nationwide student-led protests, including those at SF State to protect the College of Ethnic Studies, Agents of Change links the past to the present and the present to the past, revealing how much work remains to be done. Meet and listen to invited guest speakers after the showing. 

Student Success Workshops

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Various Classrooms (see printed program)

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.

  • Check out tentative information on Student Success Workshops

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. – 12 a.m. | Cesar Chavez Student Center

Various programs and entertainment are in store for this year's Student Center Blow Out Bash! 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 23rd

Part-Time Job Fair

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

Looking for an on-campus job? Join us as you meet and greet with various campus departments and employers looking to fill student employee experiences! Clean up your resume and brush up on those networking skills!

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Wednesday, August 24th & Thursday, August 25th

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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