8-11:30 am COVID-19 Entry Testing, Health Center
It is our top priority to keep our SJC community as safe as possible. Your first stop during Welcome Weekend is to get your COVID-19 entry test done at the Health & Wellness Center in O’Connor Hall. As soon as you drive onto campus, you will pull up to our comfort zone. Our staff will direct you to the COVID-19 entry testing site.
Once you have done your COVID-19 test, you can move into your residence hall!
Please note: You will only be notified by the Health Center if you test positive for COVID-19. If you do test positive for COVID-19, you will need to return home to isolate. The Health Center will explain the necessary steps to return to campus once you complete your isolation.
8-11:30 am Resident Student Move-In, Residence Halls
It’s time to move into your residence hall! Members of our mighty Blue Crew will be ready to help you move all of your items into your room. All you will need to do is drive to your residence hall and Blue Crew will take care of the rest!
Please note: Again, you will need to complete COVID-19 entry testing at the Health & Wellness Center in O’Connor Hall prior to moving into your residence hall.
9-11:30 am Explore Campus! Various Outdoor Locations
After unpacking your room, feel free to explore our beautiful campus! During this time, you can…
- Get some Monk merch at the Campus Store
- Visit the lakefront
- Checkout our network of trails
Please note: We will have golf carts available for those interested in seeing our Sebago lakefront!
10:30-11:30 am Commuter Student Check-In, Baggot Street Café
Commuter students can check in at Baggot Street Café – a place where you will likely be regularly hanging out in the not-too-distant future! Also, check out the Mercy Center that is right next door and some of the resources available specifically for commuters!
11:30 am-12:45 pm Lunch, Pearson’s Café
You and your family or friend can enjoy lunch together in Pearson’s Café.
1-1:30 pm Welcoming Session and Opening Prayer, Alfond Center Tent
Join members of our campus community as we welcome you and your family and friends to Saint Joe’s!
1:30-2 pm Friend and Family Farewell, Alfond Center Tent
At this time, we ask you and your family or guest and/or friends to say your goodbyes before you move on to the rest of your Welcome Weekend. This will be the end of family/friends programming at Welcome Weekend.
2-2:15 pm New Student Class Photo, Xavier Hall
You and your new classmates will take a photo together as you begin your journey at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine!
2:15-3 pm Orientation Group Time, Various Outdoor Locations
Hello, again! It’s time to reconnect with your New Student Orientation group!
3-4 pm Where Community Grows, Alfond Center Tent
Join students and staff to learn how we look out for each other at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.
4-5 pm Residential Living Meeting, Residence Halls
If you are a residential student, this is a chance for you to meet your Resident Advisor (RA) and your new neighbors who will be living on your floor.
4- 5 pm Commuter Student Meeting, Baggot Street Café
As a commuter student, this is a great time to meet your fellow commuters, exchange tips on cheap gas stations, and discover campus resources designed just for you.
5-7 pm New Student Dinner, Pearson’s Café
Enjoy dinner at Pearson’s Café before the exciting evening activities!
7-8:30 pm Win Money Game Show, Baggot Street Café
It’s go time! Join your classmates and new friends for the Win Money Game Show! It’s fun. It’s interactive. And there is cold hard cash to be won!
8:30-11 pm Block Party Sponsored by Student Government, Clark’s Court
The Block Party is a tradition at SJC during Welcome Weekend! Whether it’s just to hang out, cheer, or dive in, there will be an assortment of lawn games, basketball tournaments, fun food, and more!
9-10 am Morning Meditation, Lakefront
Join us for a relaxing start to your day down by Sebago Lake for morning meditation. It’s a great way to begin a Saturday, ground yourself, and enjoy nature before things get busy.
10-10:30 am Transfer Student Brunch, Sr. Mary Kneeland Dining Room
Transfer students, join us for a special brunch just for you where you will meet new people, including staff who will support you as you learn the ropes at SJC.
10-11:30 am Brunch, Pearson’s Café
Enjoy a delicious brunch in Pearson’s Café with other new students.
11:45 am Meet with Orientation Group, Various Outdoor Locations
Meet back up with your Orientation Leaders and Orientation Group before our next activity!
12-1:30 pm Life On and Off Campus Fair, Alfond Center Tent
Join us for the Life On and Off Campus Fair where you will meet various departments on-campus and learn about local businesses off-campus. Giveaway items and a raffle will be available, and maybe there will be four-legged creatures to pet!
1:45 pm Meet with Orientation Group, Various Locations
Reconnect and compare notes with your Orientation Leaders and Orientation Group before our next activity!
2-3:30 pm Playfair Experience! Mercy Lawn
Playfair is a fun, interactive, and engaging experience that allows you to meet tons of new students, just like you and some who may be different from you, which is super cool. This exciting event is an SJC favorite!
3:30-4 pm Break
4-5 pm New Student Team Dinner, Pearson’s Café
Grab dinner in Pearson’s Café with other new students and enjoy a brief presentation from our Athletics Department. Go Monks!
5:15 pm Departure to Portland, Alfond Center
Take me out to the ball game! Board the bus for Portland to watch a Sea Dogs game. Don’t worry – we got your ticket covered! The shuttle departs from Alfond Center at 5:15 pm. Be there!
Please note: Bring a card or some cash if you think you’ll need some nachos or the like during the game!
6-10 pm Portland Sea Dogs Baseball Game, Portland
Bring a sweatshirt (preferably an SJC sweatshirt!) and enjoy an evening in Portland watching the Sea Dogs, a double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Shuttles will take students back to SJC when the game ends.
10:30-11:30 am Brunch, Pearson’s Café
Start your day off with a delicious brunch in Pearson’s Café with other new students.
12 pm SJCares Day Kickoff, Baggot Street Café
At SJCares Day, you’ll spend an afternoon getting to know our greater community. It’s a chance for new students to join together, meet some new people, and show that SJC CARES!
12:15-3:30 pm SJCares Day, Off-Campus Service
You and your new classmates will be shuttled to different service locations to take part in SJCares Day! Once at your designated site, you and your team will take part in various activities and experience the Saint Joe’s way of making the world a little bit better. Shuttles will pick you up and return you to SJC by 3:30 pm.
3:30-5:30 pm Optional Trips to Walmart, Saint Joseph’s Hall
Need to grab some items at Walmart? We will have shuttles running to Walmart at 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm to help you out!
5:30-7 pm Dinner, Pearson’s Café
It’s been a long day! Kick back with your new friends at Pearson’s and enjoy dinner.
7-8 pm Mass, Healy Chapel
Join us as we celebrate the start of a new year – all are welcome!
8-9 pm Sundae Sunday! Baggot Street Café
Make-your-own ice cream sundae in Baggot Street to celebrate the night before the first day of classes! Be bold as you build that ice cream sundae!
4-7 pm Welcome Night! Mercy Lawn
We invite you to Welcome Night, an event filled with food, fun, festivities, and most importantly, community! Students, staff, and faculty will all take part in the festivities!