Welcome Weekend and the First 50 Days

fireworks display during 2018 Welcome Week

Welcome Weekend and the First 50 Days kicks off on Thursday, August 22 with the First Night Block Party at the Rec Center quad. Students in the Class of 2023 will come together as a class for the first time as they become part of the Miami community.

Students making art during Live from the Quads: it's Saturday Night!Students showing off their creativity
during Live from the Quads: It's Saturday Night!
Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP), along with partners in the Division of Student Life and across campus, will host more than 10 large-scale events during Welcome Weekend - Thursday, August 22 through Sunday, August 25 - to mark the new college journey for the Class of 2023.

Welcome Weekend introduces all first-year students to key elements of Miami life, and the people, places, resources, and traditions that will help them pursue success inside and outside the classroom. From academic welcomes and convocation to the first Late Night Miami event, a large-scale service project, and learning the fight song, the weekend is packed with experiences that build connections as well as memories. 

More than 300 events make up the full schedule of transition programs for first-year students, which extends through the first 50 days of the semester. Events are designed to facilitate positive academic and co-curricular transitions to college for new students.

“Welcome Weekend and First 50 Days is a magical time,” said Evelyn Covington, coordinator of orientation and transition programs. “It's a unique opportunity for new students to plant their feet firmly in what we hope are wonderful years of their lives.”

Foam PartyThe Foam Party will return Saturday nightDenisse Contreras and Maura Goins, rising sophomores and current Orientation Student Coordinators reflect on their summer serving as Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders (SOULs) in anticipation of Welcome Weekend: “We’ve had such a great time getting to know the Class of 2023 this summer, and we can’t wait to have them all back on campus for an amazing Welcome Weekend! We’re most excited about the Love & Honor Celebration at Yager Stadium because new students will participate in campus traditions like singing the fight song and taking their class picture.”

“My hope for new students during Welcome Weekend & First 50 Days is that they will find the spaces and faces that make them feel at home,” said Covington. “Moreover, I hope that the experiences new students have during Welcome Weekend & First 50 Days affirm why they chose to attend Miami.”

Download the app!

First 50 Days BadgeInformation about Welcome Weekend and the First 50 Days can be found on the Miami University Events mobile app available for Android and Apple devices. Inside the app, select download guides and choose the Orientation and Transition 2019 guide to access Welcome Weekend and First 50 Days schedules, maps, and other helpful information. The schedule can also be accessed on the web at