Welcome new Bearcats at Opening Days

Contact: Emily Morris

Help us kick off the new academic year and the arrival of the CLA class of 2023. Staff and faculty volunteers are still needed for Aug. 21–22. Sign up now.

Are you ready to welcome the class of 2023 and other new students to Willamette?

Opening Days begins Wednesday, Aug. 21. The student-run program helps newcomers acclimate to Willamette’s academics, accommodations and community. Students begin moving into the residence halls at 8 a.m. Wednesday. A full schedule of events follows. Some highlights include the kickoff program for students, a picnic dinner for students and families, convocation and the matriculation ceremony.

The university encourages staff to use alternative forms of transport — such as biking, walking, carpooling or public transport — to travel to work Aug. 21–22.

Thank you for giving our students and their families a warm welcome.

Please volunteer 

More than 300 volunteers (faculty, staff and students) are needed Aug. 21–22 to ensure the success of this fantastic campuswide event. 

Shifts are usually 2–3 hours, and time slots are between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on both days. Volunteers can choose preferred times and duties in the sign-up form.

Volunteers are asked to attend one of two training sessions. Those who cannot attend a session can meet one-on-one with the volunteer coordinator.

Training sessions:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 11–11:45 a.m. in Smullin B-17
  • Thursday, Aug. 15 from 11–11:45 a.m. in Smullin B-17

If you are willing and able to donate a few hours of your time, please respond via the link below ASAP.

Volunteer sign-upOpening Days Schedule

Willamette University

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Waller Hall, Fourth Floor
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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