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The schedule below for 2022 is currently a draft, please continue to check back for updates as the date gets closer.

Welcome Week will consist of a series of events including your Arching Ceremony and New Student Assembly, Involvement Fair, Global Opportunities Fair, events hosted by the College Programming Board (CPB) and your Opening Convocation.  In addition, there will be smaller events held for student clubs, groups and teams throughout the fall semester.

Events designate with “Arch Event” are considered the mandatory events for the students indicated.

PLEASE NOTE: Any student that plans to access Ramapo’s physical campus will need to show proof of full vaccination. Visit https://www.ramapo.edu/health/covid-19-vaccine/ for more information.

To prepare for Welcome Week be sure to review the schedule below and download the Ramapo College Archway App from the Apple store or Google Play to be able to check in for the events as they occur. There is no need to register for Welcome Week events in advance in Archway.

Questions? Email welcomeweek@ramapo.edu

Welcome Week Schedules 2022

New Student Schedule

Events have been created with new first year students and transfer students in mind to help in your transition to life of campus this fall semester!

Sunday, August 28th

Sunday, August 28th

Dunkin’
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Adler Center, 1st Floor

Bookstore Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm

Taking Care of Business: 12:00pm-4:30pm 
Location: Offices Across Campus
The offices listed below are open today to help you answer any questions you may have.

Admissions McBride House
Athletics Bradley Center
Center for Student Involvement (8am-12am Midnight) Student Center 202
Center for Student Success (Advising) D 207
Financial Aid (10am-2pm) E 210
Health Services Student Health Services Building
Office of Specialized Service C 206


Residential New Student Move-In

Time: Assigned by Residence Life
Location: Bradley Center Arena
Financial Aid, Student Accounts and Health Services will be available for assistance at move-in if needed.

Welcome Barbecue and Carnival
Time: 12:00pm-4:30pm
Location: Bandshell Lawn
New students and their families are invited to join the fun with our Welcome Barbecue and Carnival! The Carnival includes fun for all ages including inflatables, games and a free barbecue! If your check-in time is mid to late afternoon and you want to enjoy the barbeque and carnival first, please park across the street near the tennis courts and walk to the Bandshell Lawn to enjoy the fun!

Commuter Student Check-In 
Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm
Location: Alumni Lounges, SC 156-158
All new commuter students should come to campus to check-in and receive their student ID.

Commuters in Action
Time: 4:00pm-4:45pm
Location: Friends Hall, SC 219
This interactive workshop for commuter students will address their specific needs and questions.

Panel for Families of Commuter and Transfer Students
Time: 4:00pm-4:45pm
Location: Sharp Theater, Berrie Center
Families of commuter students will hear from and can ask questions other Ramapo College parents and staff so they can help you make a successful transition.  Families of residential students are welcome to attend.

Annual New Student Assembly “Arch Event”
Time: 5:15pm-6:00pm
Location: Bradley Center Arena
Students will receive an official welcome to Ramapo, including remarks from Dr. Cindy R. Jebb, President of Ramapo College; Dr. Christopher Romano, Vice President for Strategic Enrollment, Outreach and Engagment, Joseph Connell, Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Paolo Miyashiro Bedoya, Student Government Association President.  The Alma Mater is being sung by Lindsey Ruggiero ’24.

Alma Mater Lyrics

Annual Arching Ceremony “Arch Event”
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Location: Arch
Students join us for this Ramapo College tradition where all new students proceed through the Arch and are greeted by President Jebb. On the eve of Commencement, students will process through the Arch and down Mansion Road, this time cheered on by family, faculty and staff to signify the completion of your undergraduate experience.

This event happens rain or shine please be prepared.  Guests are allowed to view the ceremony by lining the sides of Mansion Road. 

Commuters Meet: 7:00pm 
Location: Near the Arch
Commuter students gather before moving as a group to dinner, and then later to Commuter Connection and Lets Meet S’more Friends.

Dinner 
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Location: Birch Tree Inn
Grab dinner before your required meetings and social programs this evening.

Commuter Connection
Time: 8:45pm-10:00pm
Location: Alumni Lounges 156-158
An opportunity for commuter students to meet other commuter students before Let’s Meet S’more Friends!

Residence Life Floor Meetings
Time: 8:45pm-10:00pm
Location: Your Residence Hall
Meet with your Resident Assistant and learn the ins and outs of campus living.

Let’s Meet S’more Friends! 
Time: 10:00pm
Location: Trustees Pavilion Courtyard/Volleyball Court
Come hang outside and meet other new residential students and enjoy s’mores and music provided by WRPR the College radio station!

Monday, August 29th

Monday, August 29th

Dunkin’ Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm
Dining Locations and Hours

Sharp Fitness Center Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm

Bookstore Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm

Meet Your Peer Facilitator and Get to Know your FYS Classmates (All First-Year Students) “Arch Event”
Time: 9:15am-11:15am
Location: Various classrooms on campus (view grid below) (TBA)
Meet your Peer Facilitators and First Year Seminar classmates and get to know them.  Work together with these new classmates as you complete a series of activities to develop your leadership skills.

What’s My Role on Campus – Part 1 “Arch Event”
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
Location: Group assignments were announced this morning by your peer facilitator and are listed in the grid above (TBA).

  • GROUP A – Trustees Pavilion: Choices and Consequences: This workshop provides you with information that will help you make informed decisions relating to the use of alcohol and other drugs and highlights important College policies.
  • GROUP B – Sharp Theater, Berrie Center: SCREAM Theater: “Students Challenging Realities and Educating Against Myths” This peer education group uses improvisational theater to educate about issues of sexual and relationship violence, stalking and harassment with a focus on bystander intervention and the understanding that the crime of sexual violence is a community issues.  SCREAM is designed to model positive bystander intervention and primary prevention.
  • GROUP C – Friends Hall, SC 219: I Don’t Know What to Say: In this program, Sara Lowery explores fumbles when talking about talking about race, sexuality, gender equality, or any subject matter around diversity and inclusion. Participants will talk about how understanding the difference of intent versus impact can help you create a safe environment to engage in some challenging and somewhat difficult conversations.

Lunch 
Time: 12:30pm-1:45pm
Location: Birch Tree Inn

What’s My Role on Campus – Part II “Arch Event”
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Group assignments were announced this morning by your peer facilitator and are listed in the grid above (TBA).

  • GROUP A: Friends Hall, SC 219: I Don’t Know What to Say: In this program, Sara Lowery explores fumbles when talking about talking about race, sexuality, gender equality, or any subject matter around diversity and inclusion. Participants will talk about how understanding the difference of intent versus impact can help you create a safe environment to engage in some challenging and somewhat difficult conversations.
  • GROUP B: Trustees Pavilion, Choices and Consequences: This workshop provides you with information that will help you make informed decisions relating to the use of alcohol and other drugs and highlights important College policies.
  • GROUP C: Sharp Theater, Berrie Center, SCREAM Theater: “Students Challenging Realities and Educating Against Myths” This peer education group uses improvisational theater to educate about issues of sexual and relationship violence, stalking and harassment with a focus on bystander intervention and the understanding that the crime of sexual violence is a community issues.  SCREAM is designed to model positive bystander intervention and primary prevention.

What’s My Role on Campus – Part III “Arch Event”
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Group assignments were announced this morning by your peer facilitator and are listed in the grid above (TBA).

  • GROUP A: Sharp Theater, Berrie Center, SCREAM Theater: “Students Challenging Realities and Educating Against Myths” This peer education group uses improvisational theater to educate about issues of sexual and relationship violence, stalking and harassment with a focus on bystander intervention and the understanding that the crime of sexual violence is a community issues.  SCREAM is designed to model positive bystander intervention and primary prevention.
  • GROUP B: Friends Hall, SC 219: I Don’t Know What to Say: In this program, Sara Lowery explores fumbles when talking about talking about race, sexuality, gender equality, or any subject matter around diversity and inclusion. Participants will talk about how understanding the difference of intent versus impact can help you create a safe environment to engage in some challenging and somewhat difficult conversations.
  • GROUP C: Trustees Pavilion, Choices and Consequences: This workshop provides you with information that will help you make informed decisions relating to the use of alcohol and other drugs and highlights important College policies.

Side-By-Side Burn Demonstration and Ice Cream Break!
Time: 4:30pm-5:15pm
Location: Cherry Lane (Outside of the Bradley Center)
Meet up with your new friends and classmates for a treat and watch a Side-By-Side Burn Demonstration! In the demonstration there are two “rooms”— both furnished as a typical dorm room. The difference is that one of the rooms has a smoke alarm, while the other has a smoke alarm and a single sprinkler head. See what can happen before a fire department typically arrives on scene.  Ice cream co-sponsored by the First Gen Action Team.

Choose Your Own Adventure 
Time: 5:30pm-6:00pm and 6:10pm-6:40pm
Location: See Chart Below (TBA)
During this session you have your choice of what to attend. Take this time to discover more opportunities that will help shape your college experience!

Padovano Commons
Time: 5:30pm-9:45pm
Location: Padovano Commons
Looking for a low key place to hang out and meet friends? Check out the Padovano Commons, located between the Scott Student Center and Kameron Pond.

J. Lee’s
Time: 6:45pm-9:45pm
Location: J. Lee’s, SC 2nd Floor
Meet new people and play pool, ping pong, video games or catch a baseball game or two on one of our TVs!  Free popcorn always available.

Dinner 
Time: 6:45pm-8:00pm
Location: Birch Tree Inn

Outdoor Movie: Minions: The Rise of Gru
Time: 7:45pm
Location: Bandshell Lawn
Grab a blanket and some friends to watch an outdoor movie before heading to the Bradley Center Arena for Maroon Madness tonight!  Minions: The Rise of Gru is the latest pre-quel in the Despicable Me franchise; The untold story of one twelve-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain.

Commuters Meet
Time: 9:30pm
Location: J. Lee’s, SC 2nd Floor
If you weren’t at the outdoor movie, meet commuter staff and student mentors before heading down to Maroon Madness as a group.

Residents Meet
Time: 9:30pm
Location: Your Residence Hall
If you weren’t at the outdoor movie, meet your RA where you attended your floor meeting last night before heading down to Maroon Madness as a group.

Maroon Madness “Arch Event”
Time: 10:00pm – Midnight
Location: Bradley Center Arena
Show your school spirit at this annual event and receive your first official Ramapo t-shirt.  You will be able to take photos in our photo booth, play various games and explore the Bradley Center!  Late night dining will also be available.

Tuesday, August 30th

Tuesday, August 30th

Dunkin’ Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm
Dining Locations and Hours

Sharp Fitness Center Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm

Bookstore Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm

What’s My Role on Campus – Part IV “Arch Event”
Time: 9:30am-11:10am
Location: Group assignments are the same as yesterday.

  • Group A: Trustees Pavilion
    • 9:30am-10:00am – Academic Rights and Responsibilities
    • 10:05am-10:35am – Campus Safety
    • 10:40am-11:10am – Ignite Your Success
  • Group B: Sharp Theater, Berrie Center
    • 9:30am-10:00am – Ignite Your Success
    • 10:05am-10:35am – Academic Rights and Responsibilities
    • 10:40am-11:10am – Campus Safety
  • Group C: Friends Hall, SC 219
    • 9:30am-10:00am – Campus Safety
    • 10:05am-10:35am – Ignite Your Success
    • 10:40am-11:10am – Academic Rights and Responsibilities

Lunch 
Time: 11:15am-12:15pm
Location: Birch Tree Inn
Grab lunch before heading to Convocation.

Meet Your FYS Class for Convocation (All First-Year Students)
Time: 12:30pm
Location: TBA (Use the chart to find your FYS section)
Meet up with your Peer Facilitator and FYS classmates before heading to convocation.

Opening Convocation (All First-Year Students) “Arch Event”
Time: 1:30pm-2:45pm
Location: Bradley Center Arena
This College-wide event welcomes the beginning of the new academic year. The program highlights the summer reading selection and provides an experiential learning opportunity for all students.

This year’s event will feature guest speaker David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, the 2022 First-Year Seminar summer reading selection.

Copies of the book are available for purchase in the Campus Bookstore.

Book Signing (All First-Year Students)
Time: 2:45pm
Location: Bill Bradley Center Lobby
Guest speaker David Grann will be available to sign copies of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. Please bring your copy of the book.

Meet your FYS Professor (All First-Year Students)
Time: 3:15pm-4:00pm
Location: Various classrooms on Campus
Meet your First Year Seminar professor and discuss Convocation and the Summer Reading book.

School Receptions “Arch Event”
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: See listing below
Meet the Dean and faculty members from your School during this reception.

  • Anisfield School of Business – Trustees Pavilion Rooms 1&2
  • Contemporary Arts – Berrie Center Lobby
  • Humanities and Global Studies – York Room, Birch Mansion
  • Social Science and Human Services – Bradley Center Spectator Lobby
  • Theoretical and Applied Science – Friends Hall, SC 219
  • Undeclared – Alumni Lounges, SC 156-158

Dinner (All Students)
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Birch Tree Inn

Roadrunner Night Out (All Students)
Time: 5:00pm-12:00am Midnight
For the rest of the night, kick back and relax with friends and explore all of the opportunities below:

Padovano Commons
Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Padovano Commons
Looking for a low key place to hang out and meet friends? Check out the Padovano Commons, located between the Scott Student Center and Kameron Pond.

J.Lees
Time: 5:00pm-12:00am Midnight
Meet new people and play pool, ping pong, videos games or catch a game or two on one of our TVs!  Free popcorn always available!

Potter Play
Time: 7:00pm-8:45pm
Location: Peter P. Mercer Learning Commons
Come have fun with the Potter Library in the Peter P. Mercer Learning Commons!  Relax with friends by playing games, exploring our space and entering our raffle for a chance to win prizes. Don’t miss out!

Movie – Second Showing: Minions: The Rise of Gru
Time: 7:00pm
Location: H 129 Auditorium
Minions: The Rise of Gru is the latest pre-quel in the Despicable Me franchise; The untold story of one twelve-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain.

Block Party
Time: 8:00pm – 12:00am Midnight
Location: Laurel Courts
All of campus is invited to this outside Block Party!  Come and enjoy live music, free food, axe throwing, a mechanical bull and so much more!  Glow sticks will be given as supplies last.

Crafts and Karaoke
Time: 9:00pm
Location: Friends Hall, SC 219
Come out to make some awesome crafts and show your musical talent with this fun event! Students will be able to create their own crafts while enjoying Karaoke with friends! Sponsored by the Campus Programming Board (CPB)

Open Mic
Time: 9:00pm-12:00am Midnight
Location: Padovano Commons
You can perform or watch others perform! This event will happen most Tuesday nights throughout the year!

Optional Late Night Dining
Time: 9:00pm-11:00pm
Location: Birch Tree Inn

Wednesday, August 31st

Wednesday, August 31st

First Day of Classes! Good Luck!

Dunkin’ Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm
Dining Locations and Hours

Sharp Fitness Center Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm

Bookstore Hours: 9:00am-6:00pm

Student Involvement Fair and Global Opportunities Fair “Arch Event”
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Grove
The Student Involvement Fair is designed to give new students the opportutnity to learn more about Ramapo’s clubs and organizations.  More than 100 clubs and organizations, nearly 30 fraternities and sororities, and campus partners from community and civic engagement will be present.  Rain date: September 1st, 1:00pm-2:15pm

The Global Opportunities Fair will ink you with the international options available to you as a Ramapo College student.  Not only do you have access to study abroad but to many other resources; internationally themed course work/majors/minors, volunteer abroad, service-learning abroad, intern abroad, international clubs on-campus, internationally focused events on-campus throughout the year and so much more! Rain Location: Friends Hall, SC 219

Sharp Theater Presents: Jonathan Burns
Time: 8:30pm
Location: Sharp Theater, Berrie Center
Ticket Information: Free for the first 200 students, more details TBA
Born with the gifts of flexibility, curiosity, and goofiness, Jonathan Burns now uses these unique talents to astonish audiences around the globe. Over the course of his career, Jonathan has appeared on America’s Got Talent, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and more! Watch a preview at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoD93ATv8Ys

Optional Late Night Dining: 9:00pm-11:00pm
Location: Birch Tree Inn

Thursday, September 1st

Thursday, September 1st

Dunkin’ Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm
Dining Locations and Hours

Sharp Fitness Center Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm

Bookstore Hours: 9:00am-6:00pm

Support Your Roadrunners
Women’s Soccer vs. FDU Florham: 12:00pm
Men’s Soccer vs. Carleton College: 3:00pm

CPB Kickback
Time: 9:00pm
Location: Laurel Courts
It’s time to “kick back” to lead off a successful academic year at Ramapo! The College Programming Board (CPB) is hosting this fun event for Ramapo Roadrunners to enjoy some good food, music, and games during Welcome Week! Don’t miss out on this fun celebration! Sponsored by College Programming Board (CPB)

Optional Late Night Dining
Time: 9:00pm-11:00pm
Location: Birch Tree Inn

Friday, September 2nd

Friday, September 2nd

Dunkin’ Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm
Dining Locations and Hours

Sharp Fitness Center Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm

Bookstore Hours: 9:00am-4:30pm

Grocery Bingo
Time: 9:00pm
Location: Friends Hall, SC 219
Connect your bingo for success and win some awesome prizes to make your college experience fun! Students are able to win items for their residential assignments and other helpful items to kick off the semester on a positive note. Sponsored by College Programming Board (CPB)

Optional Late Night Dining: 9:00pm-11:00pm
Location: Birch Tree Inn

Saturday, September 3rd

Saturday, September 3rd

Dining Locations and Hours

Bookstore Hours: 10:00am-3:00pm

Sharp Fitness Center Hours: 10:30am-4:30pm

Support Your Roadrunners
Men’s Soccer vs. Misericordia University: 12:00pm
Women’s Soccer vs. Sarah Lawrence College: 1:00pm
Field Hockey vs. Lasell University: 3:00pm

Tie Dye
Time: 9:00pm
Loation: Laurel Courts 

Create your own trendy shirt for success by attending this awesome event! Students will be able to make their own tie dye shirt and connect with fellow roadrunners to show off your creativity. Sponsored by College Programming Board (CPB)

Optional Late Night Dining
Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Birch Tree Inn

Future Fall 2022 Events

Octoberfest
October 13-15, 2022

Family Day
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Visit https://www.ramapo.edu/parents/family-day/ for more information!

Founders Day
November 2, 2022

Be sure to continue checking the Archway app and your Ramapo email for updates on additional events throughout the fall semester!