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Welcome Week

We can’t wait to have you join us on-campus! Welcome Week is the official welcome to campus for New Vols and a welcome back celebration for all of our returning Volunteers.

Signature Events

Signature events are designed to help new Vols learn more about Rocky Top and prepare for their first year on Rocky Top! Events with an asterisk (*) next to them are required for all New Vols.


Sunday, August 18

*New Student Photo, 5:30pm
Ayres Lawn

*Rocky Top Rally, 6:30pm
Neyland Stadium

*Big Orange Block Party, 7:30pm
Neyland Stadium, Gate 21 Plaza


Monday, August 19

*College Connect, 3-5pm
Locations Vary by College

Commuting to College Connect? You can head directly to your academic college. 

  • Architecture and Design – Art and Architecture Building Atrium
  • Arts and Sciences – Student Union Auditorium
  • Communication and Information – Communication Building 3rd Floor Lobby
  • Education, Health, and Human Sciences – HPER Breezeway
  • Nursing – Nursing Building (enter from main entrance off Volunteer Boulevard)
  • Social Work – Henson Hall 322
  • Haslam College of Business – HBB Atrium (enter building from Volunteer Boulevard)
  • Herbert College of Agriculture – Hollingsworth Auditorium
  • Tickle College of Engineering – Alumni Memorial Building (Cox Auditorium)

*Torch Night, 6pm
Thompson-Boling Arena


Tuesday, August 20

Explore Knox, 1-4pm
Student Union Plaza

Transfer and Adult Student Welcome, 1-3pm
Student Union 362


Wednesday, August 21

First Day Photos, 10am-2pm
Student Union


Thursday, August 22

Rocky Top Traditions, All Day
Various Locations Across Campus

Leave Your Mark on the Rock, 3pm
The Rock (Corner of Volunteer Blvd and Pat Head Summitt St)


Friday, August 23

Student Engagement Fair, 7-9:30pm
Student Union Plaza

Vol Night Long, 9pm-Midnight
Student Union Plaza


View more Welcome Week events

Welcome Week is hosted in the Fall and Spring semester for all Vols! You can use the sidebar to the right to explore Welcome Week. Welcome (back) to Big Orange Country and Go Vols!


Are you a campus partner looking to submit a Welcome Week event? The Welcome Week event submission form can be found here.