2019 Commuter Schedule

Here is a look back at our 2019 schedule. Please check back  for 2020 updates.

Friday, August 23, 2019

3:30 pm –

4:30 pm

Honoring First Generation Students and Their Families: A Reception for First Generation Students

Welcome to UConn! Are you the first person in your family to attend a 4yr college?  If so, we would love for you and your family to join us!  Come meet a diverse group of staff, students, and alums who were the first in their families to come to college. They will share info on how to navigate college life, both academically and outside of class.  These folks will be happy to answer your questions and share insights.

Sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and First Year Programs & Learning Communities

Student Union Room 304AB
7:45 pm Torch Lighting Convocation Ceremony

Gathering for incoming first-year students which marks the only time prior to Commencement that the entire undergraduate class gathers as one.

Sponsored by The President’s Office

Student Union Mall

(rain location: Gampel Pavilion)

Following convocation USG Ice Cream Social –

Join the rest of your peers for some Dairy Bar ice cream and then head over to the Student Union for UConn Late Night

Sponsored by The  Undergraduate Student Government

Fairfield Way/Student Union
Following convocation Sign the Class of 2023 Banner!

After convocation, head to the top of Fairfield Way to sign your class’s official banner.

Sponsored by the UConn Student Alumni Association

Fairfield Way
Following convocation -12 AM UConn Late Night

Don’t Miss out on “WOW, It’s Late Night” – UConn Late Night’s kick-off event for the semester!There will be food, bamboo give-a-aways, mini-golf, FREE giveaways and a ton more. Be sure to swing by “WOW, It’s Late Night” competition room to win fun prizes and gift cards. Come check us out to find out what all the hype is!

Sponsored by the Department of Student Activities

Student Union
9:30 pm Outdoor Movie at Towers
Sponsored by The Student Union Board of Governors (SUBOG)
Towers Residence Outdoor Space

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Please check back often for updates.

9:00 am-

9:15 am

Commuter Students meet with your WOW Leaders

Meet up with your WOW group to make your way over to the Great Lawn to participate in this annual tradition!!

Student Union Commuter Lounge (SU108)
9:30am Class Photo

The class of 2023 gathers for its official photo.

The Great Lawn, Rain Location- Shenkman
Immediately Following Class Photo

10:30 am- 12:00 pm

InterAct Performances

InterACT is a nationally renowned social justice performance troupe based at California State University, Long Beach. The interACT troupe presents complicated, realistic scenes about domestic violence and sexual assault.  During the performances, audience members will be invited on stage to become active participants, rather than passive observers. The performances create a safe space for students to rehearse assertive communication strategies and inspire social and political change with the actor-educators.

Since 2000, interACT has provided sexual assault intervention education for thousands of audience members at programs for universities, juvenile detention facilities, housing projects, after-school programs, and drug/alcohol rehabilitation centers around the United States.

Protect our Pack: Bystander Intervention Training

Jorgenson Center for the Performing Arts, Student Union Theatre, Laurel Hall 102

1:30 pm

New Commuter Student Lunch   

Student Union Room 304AB

1:00 pm- 


HUSKY WOW at the Benton

Open House at the Benton for Freshman

Galleries: Open 10 – 4:30
Student Member Sign Up
T-Shirt Give Away
Art Scavenger Hunt
Art Sticker and other give-aways

The Benton


Campus Tours

Join your WOW Leader in seeing all UConn has to offer. You will get to meet the people who run each area you will visit. It is your time to ask questions, get involved, figure out where your classes are, and explore some new spaces!

Across Campus

2:30 pm- 


Outdoor Games and Cupcake Decorating with USG

Come hangout with USG and decorate some cupcakes! You can also pick-up your Class of 2023 shirt if you have not already done so!

Student Union Lawn
4:00 pm METAS Kickoff Event

Mentors and mentees in the program are invited to this event to kick off the new academic year.  For many, this is the first time meeting one another, and we hope to build the sense of community at the start of the year.  We will take a group photo, enjoy dinner together, and meet the professional staff and student coordinators.  There will also be a showcase of student organizations and a mini-involvement fair to check out student organizations affiliated with PRLACC.

Sponsored by the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center

Student Union Theatre


(Rain date: Sunday Aug 25th,  – Student Union 304ABC)

4:00 pm-

6:00 pm

Asian American Cultural Center (AsACC) Welcome Reception

Are you a new incoming first-year or transfer student to UConn? UConn’s a big campus – but AsACC is here to help you sort it out!  The New Student Welcome can help you discover great programs and organization to get involved with.  Discover the dynamic and diverse Asian/Asian American community at UConn, meet other students and make the most of your college experience.  You’ll have a chance to meet fellow incoming Asian/Asian American students, learn about specific involvement opportunities, and explore over 40 student clubs and organizations at the mini-involvement fair.

McHugh Hall (MCHU) 102


UConn Bookstore Freshmen VIP Event

An exclusive night for Freshman! Come to the bookstore for discounts and giveaways

UConn Bookstore
5:00 pm-

6:30 pm

Native American Cultural Programs Open House Student Union Room 416B
   5:00 pm-   7:00 pm Rainbow Center Open HouseLearn about Rainbow Center programs, services and events, and play some games. Rainbow Center Student Union 403
5:00 pm-

6:30 pm

Commuter Student Dinner McMahon Dining Hall
6:00 pm- 

8:00 pm

See the Seven Wonders of UConn

Want to become a true Husky? Meet us at the Husky statue by Gampel Pavilion for a quick scavenger hunt challenge. You’ll see the seven wonders of the UConn world and learn about the best UConn traditions. Once you make it to the final stop, you’ll be rewarded with free food and giveaways! Start anytime between 6 – 7:30PM, but know that there are prizes for the first teams to finish. Hosted by the UConn Student Alumni Association.

Sponsored by Student Alumni Association

North Entrance of Gampel Pavilion
8:00pm- Midnight SUBOG Block Party

DJ dance party, novelties, food trucks, giveaways and 1000s of your closest friends. UConn Recreational Services will also be here with games & prizesSponsored by: The Student Union Board of Governors (SUBOG)

Fairfield Way


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Please check often for updates.

12:30 pm –

1:30 pm

Opening Speaker

Nadya Okamoto

Grew up in Portland, OR, is 21-years-old Harvard student on a leave of absence. She is the Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD (period.org), an organization she founded at the age of 16. Most recently, Nadya has become the Chief Brand Officer of JUV Consulting, a Generation Z marketing agency based in NYC. Most recently Nadya was named to InStyle Magazine’s “The Badass 50: Meet the Women Who Are Changing the World” list. She will speak about Agents of Change: Stepping out of our bubble to make real impact. The power of Generation Z and youth activism, and overcoming adversity (and how she turned her experiences into a platform for advocacy).

Gampel Pavilion
2:00 pm-

3:00 pm

Meeting with School/College Dean, Department Heads

Student Union Theatre –  Academic Center for Exploratory Students (ACES) – Pre-Teaching, Pre-Sport Management, Pre-Pharmacy, Exploratory Majors


Oak Hall 101 – College of Agriculture and Natural Resources & The Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture


McHugh Hall 102-  School of Business


C80 Information Technologies Engineering Building (ITEB) – School of Engineering


Louis von der Mehden Recital Hall –School of Fine Arts 


Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts – College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Storrs Hall WW16 – School of Nursing

Following the Deans’ Meetings Off-Campus Trips

Need something?  Take a ride to Walmart or the East Brook Mall.

 Ask your WOW Leader for more information
Following the Deans’ Meetings Storrs Stroll

Be sure to head to Downtown Storrs to check out all that these businesses have to offer! A variety of businesses will be offering special discounts

You don’t want to miss out!

 Ask your WOW Leader for more information
3:00 pm-

4:00 pm

Husky WOW at the Benton

Open House at the Benton for Freshman

Galleries: Open 1 – 4:30

1 – 4pm

Student Member Sign Up

Art Scavenger Hunt

Art Sticker give-aways

The Benton
3:00 pm-

4:00 pm

Honors Reception

Meet new incoming Honors students, leaders of Honors student organizations and Honors staff in a casual atmosphere with snacks.

 Student Union Terrace Rain Location- Shippee Pequot Room


Women’s Center Open House

Come discover all the different ways to get involved!

Learn about our different programs, groups and upcoming events.

Grab a snack and giveaways!

Women’s Center (Student Union 4th Floor)
4:00 pm-

7:00 pm

AACC Welcome Back Pizza and Game Night

We will be welcoming students back at the AACC with a pizza party and game night.

African American Cultural Center, Student Union Room 407
4:00 pm-

8:00 pm

Asiantation Asian/Asian American Mentoring Program Kick-Off Dinner

This dinner is for new students who have been accepted into the Asiantation Asian/Asian American Mentoring Program and their UConn Mentors.

Sponsored by the Asian American Cultural Center

Student Union Ballroom 330/331
4:00 pm-
8:00 pm
Rain date: METAS Kick-Off Event

Opportunity for mentors and mentees of the METAS program to meet for the first time.  Dinner is provided.

Sponsored by the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center

** Only if rain on Saturday**

Student Union Theatre

4:15 pm-
7:15 pm
Dinner South, McMahon, Putnam, Northwest, North, Gelfenbien Commons, and Union Street Market (points)


UConn Recreation Center – Grand Opening!

Join us, starting at 6pm for lots of FUN, food, and giveaways before we open the doors to the highly anticipated NEW Student Recreation Center! After the ribbon cutting at 7pm, we will reveal the new SRC to our students for the first time! You won’t want to miss this Grand Opening event!

New Rec Center
9:00pm SUBOG Comedy Show

Free tickets will be available throughout the weekend

Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts