Central Welcome is your way to connect with campus and the community. Connections aren't made in a day, and we know that all incoming CMU Chippewas are different. We’ve put together a list of signature events hosted by campus partners that spans your whole first month on campus.

These events are designed to help new students experience and acclimate to our campus culture. At CMU, we don’t stumble on our purpose, we find it through community and Central Welcome is the start of your path to community.


Signature Events

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Learn more about student organizations, fraternities and sororities, club sports, local businesses, and campus departments during Mainstage 2019 from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 at Finch Fieldhouse.

New Student Convocation

New Student Convocation is the official welcome to our students’ academic career, and is a celebration of their entry into higher education. This required event will take place on Friday, August 23, at 10 a.m. in McGuirk Arena.

Campus Life Orientation

(Plachta Aud., Warriner Hall and McGuirk Arena)

New students are required to attend Campus Life Orientation programs on Friday, Aug. 23, and Saturday, Aug. 24, at Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium or McGuirk Arena. On-campus students will attend programs based on residential area and off-campus students will attend programs by last name.

Chippewa Marching Band Camp Performance

Join the fan-favorite Chippewa Marching Band as it kicks off its 97th season, featuring music by Beethoven, Smash Mouth and more at 6 p.m. Aug. 25 in Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

UREC Free4All

Learn more about University Recreation and the Student Activities Center at the Free4All from 5-9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26 and Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the SAC. Participate in free fitness classes, play a game of bowling, make waves in the pool, meet club sports teams and more. All you need is your student ID.

Meijer Mania

Take a free ride to Meijer from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. There will be free food, free entertainment and free stuff when you get there! Students can be picked up at three locations throughout campus.

Get Acquainted Day

Familiarize yourself with opportunities on CMU’s campus and meet with student organizations, campus departments and local businesses during Get Acquainted Day from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, on Warriner Mall.

Tailgate Central and First football game

Tailgate Central is an alcohol-free event that will provide food, music and traditional tailgate games from 5 p.m. to kickoff Thursday, Aug. 29 outside the SAC.

CMU field hockey vs. Colgate

The CMU women’s field hockey team takes the field against Colgate at 2 p.m. Aug. 30 at the CMU Field Hockey Complex.

Ice Cream Social

To welcome everyone back to campus President and Mrs. Davies and Provost Schutten invite all faculty, staff and students to an ice cream social from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, on Warriner Mall.

CMU Theatre presents “California Suite” and “A Fox on the Fairway”

Sit back and enjoy a few laughs, courtesy of University Theatre as it presents multiple showings of “California Suite” and “A Fox on the Fairway” Sept. 5-8 in Bush Theatre.

CMU volleyball vs. Eastern Illinois

The CMU women’s volleyball team hits the court against Eastern Illinois at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in McGuirk Arena as part of its annual Chippewa Invitational.

CMU soccer vs. Indiana State

The CMU women’s soccer team takes on Indiana State at 7 p.m Sept. 6 at the Central Michigan Soccer Complex.

Study Abroad Fair

Explore where CMU can take you by visiting the 2019 Study Abroad Fair from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the UC Rotunda. Meet CMU students who recently returned from abroad, explore some of our 150 programs, and connect with academic and financial aid advisors. For more information, visit www.studyabroad.cmich.edu..

Fire Up the Vote

Fire Up the Vote is a daylong voter registration and education celebration! Join Central Votes and the Mobile Secretary of State in the lawn next to the library and in front of the UC for games, prizes, snacks, music and more from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 25.

"As you join our community, you, too, will play a role in making this an exceptional place to work, learn and live." President Davies