2019 Welcome Week Schedule

Thursday, August 15 

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
New Student Move-In 

Your Residence Hall
Your Peer Assistants (PAs), Resident Assistants (RAs), Student Athletes, and SOS Mentors will be on hand to help carry boxes and get you settled into your room.

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Commuter Student Check-In

Burrow Hall, 4th Floor
Commuting students will check in and receive a Welcome Week schedule and Key/Fob.

3:00 PM to 4:30 PM 
Legacy Reception  

King Hall
If you are a legacy student, drop by King Hall to enjoy refreshments and meet Alumni Relations staff members and other Rhodes legacies and their families.

4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Welcome Dessert Reception for student and their families 

Various Locations 
Student Life, Admission, Development staff & faculty will mix and mingle with students and their families from different geographic regions. 

6:00 PM to 7 PM 
Dinner (Optional) 

Burrow Refectory

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Residence Hall Meeting 

Your Residence Hall
Meet your hall mates and RA while learning about living on campus and Residence Life policies. 

Commuter Student Meeting
Middle Ground, Barret Library
Meet other commuter students and staff members to help you learn about navigating Rhodes as a commuter.

9:00 PM to 10:00 PM 
CUP Improv Show

McCoy Theatre
Join Contents Under Pressure (CUP), the improv comedy troupe at Rhodes, for an evening of laughter.

Friday, August 16

6:00 AM to 8:00 AM
Breakfast (Optional)

Burrow Refectory 

9:30 AM
Opening Convocation Line-Up

Frazier Jelke or Oak Alley 
The Class of 2022 will line up in the east corridor of Frazier Jelke and walk to the Bryan Campus Life Center. The rain location will be the BCLC west corridor.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Opening Convocation 

BCLC, Multi-Sports Forum
Opening Convocation marks the beginning of the academic year and the entry of the new class into the Rhodes community. Parents and families are encouraged to attend the first official academic event of their student’s career at Rhodes.

11:30 PM to 1:00 PM
Lunch in the Refectory & Family Goodbyes 

Say “see you soon” to your parents, families, and friends until Family Weekend in September.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
PA Group Meeting: Introductions 

Various Locations 
Introductions & Overview of Welcome Week Schedule. 
Discussion on the transition from high school to college and expectations from faculty. 

2:45 PM – 4:15 PM (4:15 – 5:00 individual advising meetings if necessary) 
Group Meeting with Your Advisor 

Location will be provided in your Welcome Week packet
Go over the basics of what to expect with academic life in college, including strategizing with an academic advisor about how to think about your course selections.

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
PA Group Meeting: Check-In and Dinner

Meet your PA leaders inside the refectory to reflect on first day of welcome week and have dinner. 

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
New Student Social Event 


Saturday, August 17

6:00 AM to 8:00 AM
Breakfast (Optional)

Burrow Refectory 

9:00 AM
Memphis Day - Introduction & Overview of the day (Day of service moved to January)

Sit with your PA Group
BCLC, Mallory Gymnasium

9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Memphis Day – City Bus Tour 

Location will be provided by your PA
The Center for Bonner and Service and the Memphis Center will lead you on a 90 minute bus tour of Memphis to introduce you to the city and provide an overview of places where you might engage in the community over the next four years. The tours will conclude with a small group reflection activity on campus.

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
PA Group Lunch 

Burrow Refectory 

2:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Speak About It 

Location will be provided by your PA
Dating? Hanging out? Hooking up? Whatever you may call it, healthy relationships are an important part of the college experience, yet can be difficult to navigate. Here you will learn, discuss, and ask questions about the expectations Rhodes has for students regarding sexual misconduct and the Social and Alcohol policies.

Rhodes Campus Policy Overview: Community Standards, Campus Safety & Title IX 

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
PA Group Meeting:
Reflection on Speak about it & Rhodes Campus Policies 
Location will be provided by your PA

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Burrow Refectory 

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
New Student Social Event 


Sunday, August 18

7:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Breakfast (Optional)

Burrow Refectory 

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Shopping Trip (Optional)

Ridgeway Trace Center
Buy last-minute necessities at a nearby shopping center. Buses will load at 10:00 AM on University St. and will return to campus by noon. All shopping expenses are on your own.

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Burrow Refectory 

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Music Open House (Optional)

Hassell Hall, Room 100
If you are interested in participating in music while you are at Rhodes, come meet the music faculty to learn more about ensembles, lessons, and other opportunities to make music.

1:00 PM to 4:30 PM 
The Rhodes Community 

Location will be provided by your PA
Learn more about the Rhodes community and your role in maintaining its standards. Take part in discussions on community values with current leaders.

5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Class of 2022 Formal Dinner with President Hass 

Burrow Refectory 
Dress your best to attend a formal dinner in preparation for the pledge signing.

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Pledge Signing

McNeill Concert Hall
Participate in the tradition of signing the historic pledge that defines the standards of conduct for the Rhodes community

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
New Student Social Event 


Monday, August 19

6:00 AM to 8:00 AM
Breakfast (Optional)

Burrow Refectory 

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Language Testing, Placement, and Program Information

Spanish - Frazier Jelke C
German - Buckman 108
French - Frazier Jelke A
Greek/Latin/Hebrew - Palmer 206
Chinese - Palmer 210
Russian - Palmer 116

Faculty will be available to provide information about curricular and co-curricular opportunities for language study and answer any of your questions about online placement results. During this session, follow-up testing will be discussed if you scored at the 202 level or above on the online placement exam. Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin exams will be administered or placement recommendations clarified.

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Individual Advising Meetings

Your Faculty Adviser’s Office
Bring your schedule and a list of any changes you would like to discuss.

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Refectory is open for Lunch

Burrow Refectory 

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Health Professions Info Session

BCLC, Ballroom
This is a mandatory first meeting for anyone interested in a health profession or veterinary medicine (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, optometry, public health, veterinary medicine and any other clinical health career other than clinical psychology). This is your introduction to Health Professions Advising at Rhodes. If there is a legitimate reason to miss this meeting, please contact Health Professions Advising at hpa@rhodes.edu. 

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Search Plenary: Introduction to the Search Program 

McNeill Concert Hall
If you are enrolled in Humanities 101, you will learn more about the first course in the three-semester Search sequence. Three professors will discuss the course’s origins, strategies for reading canonical Western texts, and peoples and perspectives that have been historically excluded from this tradition.

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
First-Year Seminar

Location provided by PA
Meet with your First-Year Experience Seminar leaders for your introduction to the program.

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
PA Group Dinners 

Burrow Refectory 

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Residence Life Program 

Your Residence Hall
Join your RA to further discuss living at Rhodes College. Team up with your hall mates in your respective areas for a fun activity with a twist.

Tuesday, August 20

6:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Refectory Open for Breakfast

Burrow Refectory 

8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
National Civil Rights Museum 

Refer to PAs for Location
Visit the National Civil Rights Museum as part of your First-Year Seminar. Your departure time from campus will be shared in your PA meetings.

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Individual Advising Meetings

Your Faculty Adviser’s Office
Bring your schedule and a list of any changes you would like to discuss.

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Refectory Open for Lunch

Burrow Refectory 

3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (PA Groups 16-30)    
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (PA Groups 1-15)

National Civil Rights Museum Reflection 
Various Locations
Take time to reflect upon your visit to the National Civil Rights Museum with your PA groups.

5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Interest Sessions (Optional):
Introduction to Student Governance and Elections

Frazier Jelke B
Student Government, Honor Council, Social Regulations Council, Rhodes Activity Board, and Class Councils will be available to answer any questions you may have about student governance and the election process.

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
PA Group Dinners (Optional) 

Burrow Refectory 
Join your PA leaders and your PA group for dinner.

Wednesday, August 21

First Day of Classes! 
Student Life Staff Members will be stationed around campus to answer questions or give directions 

Welcome Week Part II

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 

Day of Service 9 AM – 12 PM
Rhodes College was named as the #1 Most Service Oriented College by Newsweek magazine.  You will be invited to sign up for a service event with a small group of first year students. 

1:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Refectory Open for Lunch

Burrow Refectory 

Student Engagement Programming 2 PM – 4:30 PM

  • Leadership development 
  • Career Tracks
  • Getting involved 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

First Day of Classes!