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.


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

Signature Events

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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 28, at 10 a.m. in McGuirk Arena.

Campus Life 101

(Plachta Aud., Warriner Hall and McGuirk Arena)

New students are required to attend Campus Life Orientation programs on Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29, 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.


Learn more about student organizations, fraternities and sororities, club sports, local businesses, and campus departments during Mainstage 2020 from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at Finch Fieldhouse.

Chippewa Marching Band Camp Performance

Join the fan-favorite Chippewa Marching Band as it kicks off its 98th season at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 in Kelly/Shorts Stadium.