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Weeks of Welcome celebrate students' return

Oconee student convocation 2015
Students gather during the 2015 Convocation Cookout on UNG's Oconee Campus, where they enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers, live music and the opportunity to engage with various clubs and departments to learn more about offerings on their campus.

Fall semester at the University of North Georgia (UNG) has just begun, and each campus is helping students feel informed and at home through various events during Weeks of Welcome.

Each UNG campus, with the exception of the Blue Ridge Campus, will host a student convocation during this time, which serves to formally welcome students and guide their start of a new school year.

"The theme for student convocation this year is: inclusion, innovation, and excellence," said Sheila Caldwell, UNG's director for Complete College Georgia and advisor to the president on diversity. "The main goal of these events is to equip students to lead in a diverse and global society, but we also have a strong desire for all UNG students to be part of an environment that is welcoming, respectful, and inclusive of individuals and groups from a range of social, economic, and cultural backgrounds — an environment that embraces varied perspectives, values, and unique experiences."

Returning students are often quick to encourage new students to attend as many events as possible during Weeks of Welcome.

"New students should attend Weeks of Welcome because it gives them an important opportunity to experience the diversity of what UNG has to offer," said William Oliver, a senior majoring in middle grades education. "They can shatter any misconceptions they have about college and begin to start their own personalized adventures. I think Weeks of Welcome gives students that push to meet new people, get out of their comfort zone, and start having fun in college."

All students are invited and encouraged to attend the Starlight Concert on the university's Gainesville Campus; students are admitted free with a valid UNG parking permit, and the entertainment will feature several UNG student groups.

Some of the other events during Weeks of Welcome include (by campus):

Blue Ridge Campus

  • Aug. 23: UNG "On the Course" Mini Golf event, Cohutta Cove, 4-6 p.m.

Cumming Campus

  • Aug. 25: Convocation and cookout, noon to 1 p.m., pavilion

Dahlonega Campus

  • Aug. 21 Gather in the Grove, 6-7 p.m., lawn outside Price Memorial allHall
  • Aug. 21 Student Convocation, 7-8 p.m., Memorial Hall Gym
  • Aug. 23 Campus Connection Back to School Block Party, 5:30-9 p.m., Bookstore
  • Aug. 25 Downtown Dahlonega Student Open House, 5-7 p.m., Dahlonega Square
  • Aug. 27 SGA First Saturday of Service, noon to 4 p.m., Hoag Patio
  • Aug. 29 "Easy Money," presented by Student Money Management Center, 6 p.m., Hoag Auditorium
  • Aug. 30 "Blame It on the Alcohol," 6 p.m., Hoag Patio
  • Aug. 31 Nighthawk Fest, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hoag Patio
  • Aug. 31 "Get Out of Your Bubble," 6 p.m., Memorial Hall Gym

Gainesville Campus

  • Aug. 22-24 Weeks of Welcome Tents, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nesbit Lobby and Student Center Patio
  • Aug. 22 Convocation and picnic, noon to 1 p.m., Hugh Mills Physical Education Complex
  • Aug. 23 Leadership Kickoff, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Robinson Ballroom
  • Aug. 25 Doughnuts with the Deans, 7:30-9 a.m., Student Center Patio
  • Aug. 27 Starlight Concert, 5-8:30 p.m., G.W. Bailey Amphitheater
  • Aug. 29 Coffee with the Cops, 7:30-9 a.m., Student Center Commons
  • Aug. 30 "Get Out of Your Bubble," 12:30-1:30 p.m., Robinson Ballroom
  • Aug. 31 Nighthawk Fest, noon to 1 p.m., 5-6 p.m., Student Center Patio

Oconee Campus

  • Aug. 22, 23 Welcome Tent, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Student Center Quad
  • Aug. 24 Convocation Cookout, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Center Quad
  • Aug. 24 Welcome Back Dinner, 5 p.m., Student Center Quad
  • Aug. 25 Multicultural Student Welcome Reception, noon to 1 p.m., Room 522
  • Aug. 29 Intramural Field Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Center Quad
  • Aug. 30 Donuts with the Dean, 9 a.m., Student Center Quad
  • Aug. 30 Leadership Kickoff, noon to 1 p.m., Room 522
  • Aug. 31 Nighthawk Fest, noon to 1 p.m., Student Center Quad

There are many other events planned. For a full schedule, visit

Also, students are encouraged to use #UNGwelcome to share their experiences. Posts and other content are available at:

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