​Get Ready for ASU’s Welcome Week 2023

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Hazel Scott/ASU

Welcome Class of 2027! Get ready to be plugged in to Hornet Nation and start your journey of becoming a historymaker! Alabama State University has been hard at work planning events to create unforgettable memories during Welcome Week, Aug. 13-19. The University asks that all new students make plans to attend Welcome Week.

This year’s Welcome Week theme is “Buzz Language XXIII.” It is the traditional time period for all new first-year transfer and commuter students to become more familiar with the ASU campus, settle in and meet new people. It’s also a time for students to kick back and have fun! 

Throughout the week, students will have the opportunity to engage in interactive experiences with other college students, have opportunities to join an on-campus organization, meet new friends, try new experiences and learn about ASU’s distinctive educational philosophy, as well as make connections and memories that will last a lifetime.

Fun-filled, energetic activities are also part of the week. Students will enjoy the Rites of Passage Ceremony, a Block Party, a Carnival, Talent Show, Pool Party, a Gospel concert, which is open to the public, and much more. The week will have something for everyone. (See the full schedule below.)

Dr.  Malinda Swoope, vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, said Welcome Week programs are a campuswide collaboration of events and activities designed to help new and returning students in their ongoing academic journey.

“It is important to embrace our new students because you want to make sure that they feel welcome and get acclimated to ASU and all it has to offer. There are some students who don’t know a soul when they enter college, but through Welcome Week, they can build relationships and friendships, possibly making lifelong friends,” Swoope said.

Swoope noted that most new students are coming from a high school experience where they have been with their parents and family all of their lives and now, they are coming to a new place.

 “ASU puts in an effort through Welcome Week to help them not feel isolated or homesick that first week. We want to keep them engaged and busy, and of course the main priority is going to class and getting their education…At the end of the day, we want to make sure that they are engaged and have a social life as well,” Swoope added.

The full Welcome Week schedule:

Sunday, August 13

Freshman Rites of Passage

11 a.m.

Dunn-Oliver Acadome


Gospel Explosion (Public Event)

With Gospel Singer Koryn Hawthorne

6 – 8 p.m.

Dunn-Oliver Acadome


Monday, August 14


8 – 10 a.m.

Freshman Residence Halls


Girl Code Guy Code

6 – 7:45 p.m.



White Lie T-Shirt Party

8 - 11 p.m.

Place: TBA


Tuesday, August 15

Slam the Door

Time: TBA

Freshman Residence Halls


Swing into Success

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Great Hall of Teachers


Foam Block Party

9  – 11:30 p.m.



Wednesday, August 16

Wildin’ Wednesday

11 am. – 2 p.m.

Place: TBA


Greek Yard Show

6 – 8 p.m.

Dunn-Oliver Acadome


Thursday, August 17

Doggy Days/Housing Carnival

4  – 6 p.m.



AUX Wars

8  – 11 p.m.

John Garrick Hardy Student Center Ballroom


Friday, August 18

Talent Show

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Dunn-Oliver Acadome


Saturday, August 19

Bubble Soccer/Football Fun Day

Noon – 2 p.m.

Hornet Stadium


Pool Party

4 – 7 p.m.

Norman Aquatic Center


Toga Party

9 p.m. – 12 a.m.