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Signature Welcome Week Events

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Welcome Week 2020

Full Welcome Week Schedule


These Signature Welcome Week Events are traditions that Winthrop students take part in every year. Many of them are solely for new students to participate in, while others offer opportunities for the whole campus (faculty, staff, and all students) to come together and celebrate the new academic year. They are listed below in chronological order. 

New students, you have only have one first Welcome Week, so make the most of it! Upperclassmen, attend the events you can and participate in the planning of others! Welcome Week is for all of us.


New Student Move-In

Mandatory Event for Freshmen and New Transfer Students Who Live on Campus

Move-InWelcome home! All new students who will be living on campus will check in at an assigned time on this date. Find more information on Residence Life's Move-In site.







First Night Winthrop (Friday)

Mandatory Event for Freshmen

Welcome to night one of the 261 days of your First Year Experience!

First Night Winthrop

Welcome home! Tonight you begin your 261 day journey to make each day count.

We know there are so many questions about the transition to college and tonight will help answer those questions and ease the transition!  You will create new bonds with your FYE Peer Mentor, ACAD 101 faculty, and classmates. ACAD 101 sections will meet virtually. Check your Winthrop email! Your faculty member and Peer Mentor will send you a link to your virtual classroom for this first class meeting!  #261FYE 



Rock The Hill

Mandatory Event for Freshmen
New Transfer Students are encouraged to attend.

Rock The HillAs of June 2020, Rock The Hill will be postponed to later in the fall semester. Please reach out to the Office of First Year Experience for more information.









Giant New Student Photo

Mandatory Event for Freshmen 
New Transfer Students are encouraged to attend.

1909 WU PhotoWinthrop's class of 1909 took the picture above on the steps of Tillman Hall in the form of a "W" for Winthrop. 

This tradition has been amplified and brought back annually during Welcome Week! This year, due to COVID-19, we will not take a live photo. The Office of New Student & Family Programs is working to design an alternative that will be shared with new students via social media.

WU Photo


Convocation & Convocation Picnic (Monday)

Mandatory Event for Freshmen and New Transfer Students

ConvocationWinthrop's Convocation is one of our proudest traditions. It serves as the university's official welcome to new students and celebrates academic excellence and cognitive curiosity. 

As a Winthrop tradition that began with the university's first president, David Bancroft Johnson, Convocation is a ceremony always held before classes begin at the start of each academic year. Today, President George Hynd convenes members of the 135th new student class of freshmen and incoming transfer students to provide them with an official welcome to the campus community. Winthrop alumni continue to relate how their time at Winthrop, including Convocation, has shaped their experience after graduation. 

Due to COVID-19, there will be no Convocation Picnic this year unfortunately.



The Blue Line

Mandatory Event for Freshmen and New Transfer Students

Blue LineEstablished in 1895 by President Johnson, the Blue Line is among Winthrop's most cherished traditions. 

Originally, the female students were led in two lines down Oakland Avenue where they could attend any one of the many churches along the street. The procession of students dressed in blue and white uniforms was led by the President on the first Sunday of the academic year and eventually became known as the “Blue Line." When the uniform policy ended, the tradition lost its identity, but in 1983 President Lader revived the Blue Line. 



First Day of Classes (Tuesday)

Mandatory Event for All Students

Go to Class!It's time to get to work! Start the semester off strong. Use your resources. Ask for help when you need to.

You've got this!

Fall classes begin Tuesday, August 25. If you have questions about when/how your class meets, reach out to your Orientation Leader, Transfer Orientation Leader & Mentor, Peer Mentor, Resident Assistant, or advisor.




DSU Events

DiGiorgio Student Union (DSU)The DiGiorgio Student Union (DSU) is Winthrop's official programming board. Student-led, DSU provides a variety of opportunities of an academic, social, or cultural nature outside of the classroom.

As you can see on the schedule, DSU hosts many events during Welcome Week, some of which charge admission. Welcome Week passes are available, which grant you admission to all DSU Welcome Week events. 




DSU Welcome Week Passes: 

  • $10 with a Winthrop ID
  • $15 without a Winthrop ID

Individual DSU Welcome Week Events:

  • $5 with a Winthrop ID unless noted as FREE
  • $7 without a Winthrop ID unless noted as FREE
  • The Welcome Week movie is $3 without a Pass.

Passes may be purchased with cash, check, or charged to your university account. You can also purchase using debit or credit card through the DSU U-Store. 

Special deal during Welcome Week Only: 
Combination Package (DSU Welcome Week Pass + 2019-2020 All Access Pass, which gets you into all DSU events for the fall and spring semesters) 

  • $25 with a Winthrop ID
  • $30 without a Winthrop ID

If you would like to join DSU, the application process starts in March! 

About Cultural Events:

Winthrop University strives to offer its students a setting in which they can mature culturally, as well as intellectually. In an effort to provide a well-rounded education, Winthrop has a cultural events policy. The purpose of the cultural events requirement is to establish and foster a life-enriching pattern of cultural involvement.

All students are required to attend Cultural Events as a graduation requirement.

By attending cultural events, a student experiences firsthand the diverse offerings of culture and artistic expression found in a community. 


Music Auditions


Students interested in auditioning for an instrumental music ensemble should contact Dr. Lorrie Crochet (122 Conservatory of Music, 803/323-4610, before classes begin. Dr. Crochet will send detailed information regarding the audition process, and she will include a copy of the audition music for your specific instrument.

Students interested in auditioning for a choral ensemble should contact Dr. Jeremy Mims (332 Conservatory of Music, 803/323-2250, before classes begin. To sign up for a choral ensemble audition time, go to, Ensembles, Fall Vocal Placement. Schedules will also be posted in the main hallway of the Conservatory of Music. A prepared piece is suggested for the audition process.
Times for Choral Auditions, Theatre Auditions, Dance Auditions and Dance Technique Placement Classes during Welcome Week can be found on the schedule.



Full Welcome Week Schedule

Last Updated: 10/15/20