You’ve just finished moving in, you’ve got your Husky card and you’re ready to start exploring Northeastern. But the university’s introduction to the Husky experience doesn’t end there. Whether you’re a new or returning student in Boston, London, Oakland or beyond, Northeastern is here to make you feel like part of the pack during Welcome Week 2022.
Classes don’t start until Sept. 7, so there is plenty of time to enjoy the numerous activities and excursions the university has planned for your first week on Northeastern’s campuses. Luckily, this list (and Northeastern’s orientation app) will help you sort out where to go, what to do and what to see during Welcome Week.
Welcome, from the president
The highlight of Welcome Week is a Northeastern tradition: the President’s Convocation and March. President Joseph E. Aoun welcomes incoming students to Northeastern at Matthews Arena at 11 am on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Students should meet at Carter Field at 9:45 am before being led to the event.
Convocation also features appearances from the Provost David Madigan, Chancellor Kenneth Henderson, the deans and student government leaders as well as musical performances, the traditional lighting of the Northeastern torch and a pre-show hosted by two student masters of ceremony, Donovan Holt (CAMD ’24) and Shire Lederman (CAMD ’23).
Immediately after convocation, explore campus and learn more about its many student organizations during Fall Fest, from noon to 3:30 pm The free festival is spread throughout campus and features music, food, giveaways and about 350 student organizations.
Students at the Boston campus won’t be the only ones who get to enjoy Convocation. Students on Northeastern’s London campus and its NUin and NU Bound sites in Berlin and Rome will be tuning in to a live feed of the event, as the president welcomes Northeastern’s global community.
In Oakland, Welcome Week culminates on Sept. 6 with a convocation that combines a simulcast version of the President’s Convocation and March with orientation traditions from Mills College, like the president’s luncheon. The day will end with one last celebration before classes start, as Oakland students dine from a selection of food trucks and groove to the sounds of Samba Funk and hip hop legend DJ Davey Cook.
A Beantown welcome
With more than 200 on-campus activities hosted by Northeastern’s campus partners and student organizations throughout the week, students on the university’s Boston campus will find no shortage of things to do during Welcome Week.
There are helpful tours that will help you get acclimated to campus life. Tour Snell Library and Northeastern’s arboretum and public art, and learn how to navigate the Boston campus during a “find your way to class tour.”
There will also be plenty of excursions that will take you off campus and out into Boston. Explore Beantown’s legendary sports history at Fenway Park, take a trip to the New England Aquarium or walk the historic Freedom Trail during pre-organized tours set up throughout the week.
On Labor Day, Sept. 5, wear your new Husky swag to Monday Husky Funday in Centennial Common from 2 to 4 pm Enjoy carnival treats, games, a photo booth and giveaways as you connect with your new classmates. When the sun sets, the fun doesn’t have to end. Return to Centennial Common from 7:30 to 9:30 pm for a Neon Ice Cream Social with Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, glow sticks and music.
If you have questions throughout the week, stop by the two Welcome Week information booths set up on Centennial Commons and Krentzman Quads from 10 am to 4 pm, Sept. 1 to 5.
Students arrive at Northeastern’s London campus on Sept. 3 and 4, and the university has plans to welcome them in style. On Sept. 3 and 4, there are welcome barbecues that will help you connect with other students, as well as local and building tours and multiple mall trips, if you’re looking to get some dorm room essentials.
from Sept. 5 to 7, the first day of classes, Northeastern students in London will go through orientation and tour the campus area. London is a diverse and vibrant city, and there are plenty of scheduled activities that will take you beyond campus, including to Tower Bridge and the London Eye.
After convocation, students will enjoy a local dinner where they can bond with their fellow London students in the residence hall.
Even after classes start, Northeastern has activities planned from Sept. 8 to 16, including a boat cruise on the River Thames and three student mixers in the residence hall.
Welcome to Northeastern in Oakland
For the new class of Northeastern students attending Mills College at Northeastern, Welcome Week is an opportunity to learn more about Oakland and the history of the college ahead of the school year.
Move-in is on Aug. 31, and Welcome Week kicks off on Sept. 1 with Academic Day. Students will have a chance to enjoy a picnic lunch and resource fair throughout the day at the campus’ Holmgren Meadow. Tours of the FW Olin Library will run from 2 to 3:50 pm before students come together for dinner at Founder Common at 5:30 pm and a concert at Littlefield Hall at 8 pm
Between sessions on Mills College history, wellness, Title IX, power and privilege, Sept. 2 is all about student life. And those looking for something spooky are in luck. At 7 pm, students can head out on a ghost tour of the 170-year-old campus and its many spectral stories.
On Sept. 3, there are volunteer outings to West Oakland City Slickers’ Farm, as well as yoga on President’s Meadow and walks along the Pinetop Trail. The day’s activities end at 7 pm with a Mills tradition: a candle lighting ceremony at sunset.
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