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Schedule of Events

Welcome Week is a campus-wide celebration here to help all Vols feel at home in Big Orange Country!

The Fall 2019 Welcome Week schedule will be updated as events are submitted so check back often!

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 students.

*Rocky Top Rally, 5:30-6pm
Thompson-Boling Arena

Are you ready to cheer on the Vols this year? Join Tennessee Athletics for this kickoff to your fan experience at the University of Tennessee right!


*New Student Photo, 6pm
Location TBD

Everyone needs a good photo to start the school year off on the right note. This photo is your chance to commemorate the start of your time here as a Volunteer! You will be escorted to this event from the Rocky Top Rally. Don’t be late!


*Big Orange Block Party, 7:30pm
Neyland Stadium, Gate 21 Plaza
It’s time to celebrate! Your first day of classes is just around the corner. The Big Orange Block Party is your chance to celebrate with your friends and make some new connections while enjoying free food and fun!

*College Connect, 3-5pm
Locations Vary by College
There is a lot that goes into being a Vol. With so many opportunities to get involved and things to do, it’s important that you keep focused on your academics! This program is an opportunity for you to further immerse yourself in the experience you can expect with your Academic College. All students will be escorted from their residence halls to these sessions by Resident Assistants in their building.


*Torch Night, 6pm
Thompson-Boling Arena
“One that beareth a torch shadoweth oneself to give light to others.” As Volunteers, this is the creed we live by. At Torch Night, you will learn more about the role you play in the Volunteer community and what you can do to make an impact at the University of Tennessee. Since 1925, Torch Night has been a rite of passage for the incoming class of Volunteers and it is time for you to become a part of this rich legacy.

Explore Knox, 1-4pm
Student Union Plaza
Being a student at the University of Tennessee makes you a part of not only the Volunteer Community but also the Knoxville Community. Explore Knox is your chance to meet some of the local businesses that are in your new community who can help you do everything from getting something to eat to fixing your car and so much more.


Transfer and Adult Student Welcome
Location TBD
More Information Coming Soon

First Day Photos, 10am-2pm
Student Union
Your first day of classes is one you’ll never forget! Stop by the Student Union to take a photo to remember the day with. Don’t worry – we will share it with your family for you!

Rocky Top Traditions, All Day
Various Locations Across Campus
Do you know why our athletes “charge the checkboard?” How did we find Smokey? What even is a Volunteer? Be on the lookout all around campus for answers to these questions and opportunities to learn more about some of the traditions that make Big Orange Country so unique.


Leave Your Mark on the Rock, 3pm
The Rock (Corner of Volunteer Blvd and Pat Head Summitt St)
One of the most talked about traditions at the University is painting the Rock. Join other New Vols for your first time painting the Rock. All supplies will be provided!

Student Engagement Fair, 7-9:30pm
Student Union Plaza
Do you know how you are getting involved on Rocky Top yet? The Center for Student Engagement is here to make it easy for you to answer that question. Join hundreds of student organizations on Pedestrian Walkway to learn more about where you fit at UT.


Vol Night Long, 9pm-Midnight
Student Union Plaza
More Information Coming Soon

Campus Events

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