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Welcome Week 2019 Highlight of Events

August 11, 2019
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Anderson University Welcome Week kicked off with the traditional freshman class photo of more than 700 new members of the AU family.  

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Anderson University welcomed more than 700 new students to its campus community as the 2019-2020 academic year gets underway with classes starting on Wednesday, August 21. 

Move-In Day, the first of several campus-wide activities during the first week of the school year, took place Saturday, August. 17. Welcome Week concludes on Saturday, August 24 with The Big Welcome Event, designed to bring together faculty, staff and students for food and fun, ending with a fireworks show. 

Notable events scheduled for Welcome Week include:

Sunday, August 18 at 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.

Sunday, August 18 at 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. 

Sunday, August 18 at 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, August 19 at 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, August 20 at 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, August 23 at 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.

Saturday, August 24 at 8 p.m.

The Big Welcome Event is meant to celebrate not only a new year at Anderson University, but the partnership between the University and the people who call Anderson County their home.

(All photos taken during Welcome Week are being uploaded to Facebook within a few hours after each event. Check often, tag yourself and share with others.)

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Executive Director for Public Relations