AU Welcome Week for Students Begins Saturday
Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 11:12AM

Anderson University is welcoming more than 700 new students to its campus community as the 2019-2020 academic year gets underway with a series of events. 

Classes begin Wednesday. but Move-In Day kicks off the week  

Move-In Day, the first of several campus-wide activities during the first week of the school year, begins Saturday, August. 17 at 8:30 a.m. Welcome Week concludes a Saturday Big Welcome Event, designed to bring together faculty, staff and students for food and fun. This event will conclude with a fireworks show. 

The scheduled for Welcome Week include:

Sunday, August 18, 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Matriculation Worship Services at Henderson Auditorium, for students and members of their family to celebrate the start of a new year with worship music.

10 a.m.

The Archway Walk, during which incoming students signal the beginning of their journey at Anderson University with a formal procession beneath the Archway and individual handshakes with President Evans P. Whitaker. 

7:30 p.m.

Trojan Tradition, which brings new students together with returning students on Alumni Lawn for a candle-lighting ceremony and fellowship.

Monday, 8:30 p.m.

Outdoor Movie Night this year takes place on greenspace at the G. Ross Anderson Jr. Student Center and features Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Aladdin.”

Tuesday, 7 p.m.

West Fest is held at the Athletic Campus Pavilion and is a themed carnival featuring music, dancing and food ahead of the first day of classes. 

Friday, 5:30 p.m.

Beach Bash is hosted by President Whitaker and Mrs. Diane Whitaker at their home and celebrates the first Friday of the school year with dancing, a cookout and beach activities and games.

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