The fall semester can be a busy time for both new and returning students. To help in this transition, Mason offers a variety of programs and events throughout the first three weeks of classes to support the entire Mason community. For new students, learning to navigate campus, making connections with peers, and understanding university resources can be overwhelming, but Mason strives to aid students during this pivotal time. The Preamble and Welcome2Mason are a few of the first experiences in the fall semester that will usher in the 2019-2020 year.
The Preamble, which will take place August 21-24, is Mason’s extended orientation program geared towards welcoming and acclimating new students to the Mason community. It brings together freshman and transfer students before the start of the fall semester to officially initiate their experience at Mason. An overview of the full schedule can be found online at https://welcome2mason.gmu.edu/thepreamble.
At the conclusion of The Preamble, Welcome2Mason will commence. This is a series of programs and events held during the first three weeks of the fall semester to bring together students, faculty, and staff as we kick off the new academic year. This is a great opportunity for new students to learn about Mason traditions and create connections with their peers and campus resources. Over 100 events will be sponsored across the university’s campuses during Welcome2Mason. These events will include academic receptions, social events, involvement fairs, spirit rallies, educational development programs, and will feature free food and prizes.
Welcome2Mason Event Highlights:
- Mason Mayhem | Friday, August 23th
- Georges Jam | Saturday, August 24th
- Part-Time Job Fair | Wednesday, August 28th
- IVth Night | Thursday, August 29th
- College Colors Day | Friday, August 30th
- Comedian Eric O’Shea | Friday, August 30th
- Washington Nationals Game | Saturday, August 31st
- GetConnected2Mason Info Fair | Wednesday, September 4th
- 9/11 Day of Service | Wednesday, September 11th
A full list of events and information can be found at welcome2mason.gmu.edu. Encourage your student to attend any of this year’s events to meet new friends, join an organization, or simply feel more confident as they embark on their college journey. Additionally, throughout the first week of classes, “Ask Me” tents will be posted across campus to answer questions, give directions, and provide important information to new and returning students.
We are excited to welcome students back to campus and look forward to the start of fall 2019! #Welcome2Mason
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