Student enjoying slip n slide during Welcome Week

Welcome Week

Welcome Week 2024

August 25-29 | Dowagiac Campus

Start college off on the right foot. Welcome Week events help you meet students and staff, engage in campus life, and find all the resources available to you. Welcome, Roadrunners!

Welcome Week Events

Sunday, August 25

Residence Life Move-In

9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Residence Halls

Time to move into your residence halls and embrace the comfort of your new abode, Roadrunners!

Welcome Week Groups

6-7 p.m. | Daugherty

Meet your Welcome Week sidekick! Welcome Week leaders help make your college transition a breeze. Your leader is your go-to guide, helping you build connections and discover campus resources.

Bonfire Bash

6:45-9 p.m. | Student Activity Center Rear Parking Lot

Embrace the warmth of community while you forge lasting friendships around the bonfire. Share grilled hot dogs, stories, and laughter with your fellow Roadrunners.

Monday, August 26

Pancake Palooza

10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Student Activity Center Patio

Dive into a morning of flapjacks and fun as we reimagine brunch with stacks of golden pancakes and a bounty of toppings.

Library Mini Golf

12-3 p.m. | Library

Navigate through a course designed around literary landscapes and classic book themes. This event promises loads of challenges and lots of camaraderie.

Outdoor Movie

7-9 p.m. | Intramural Field

Gather your fellow Roadrunners, grab some popcorn, and settle in for an evening filled with laughter, entertainment, and cinematic delights under a starlit sky.

Tuesday, August 27

Tricycle Relay

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Outside the Student Activity Center

Embrace this throwback to childhood as you work with your team to pedal your way to victory in this playful competition that requires balance and speed.

Lunch Shuttle

12-2 p.m. | Downtown Dowagiac

Board the free shuttle outside the Student Activity Center. Then we'll head downtown for a culinary adventure. You're going to love the world of flavors, charming shops, and essential amenities you'll find.

Archery Tag & Tacos

3-5 p.m. | Outside the Student Activity Center

Test your aim and agility in a friendly archery match against fellow Roadrunners. Then refuel with a delicious selection of tacos.


7-8 p.m. | Theatre in the Dale A. Lyons Building

Get ready to enter the realm of hypnosis with David Anthony and witness the power of suggestion as volunteers from the audience undergo astonishing transformations from ordinary to extraordinary. You'll be mesmerized!

Wednesday, August 28

New Student Convocation

10-11 a.m. | Theatre in the Dale A. Lyons Building

This vibrant ceremony is your official welcome into SMC’s academic community. You'll connect with peers, meet faculty, gain inspiration from speakers, and lay the foundation for a successful college experience.

Roadrunner Passport Day

11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Student Services Offices

Join us on this campus-wide quest to meet staff from each student services department. Collect stamps as you go for a chance to win a $500 scholarship for Spring 2024. There will also be some tasty treats along the way. We look forward to meeting you!

Water Slide

3-4 p.m. | Parking Lot in Front of Daugherty

Gear up for thrilling slides, cool water, and unforgettable moments. Laughter and splashes await at every turn.

Slip 'n' Slide Kickball

4:30-5:30 p.m. | Outside the Student Activity Center

Dive into fun with a wild take on a classic game that combines sliding, splashing, and kicking.

Pizza and Yard Games

6:30-8 p.m. | Outside the Student Activity Center

Gather for an evening filled with a wide selection of palate-pleasing pizzas and popular yard games.

Thursday, August 29

Picnic With the President 

12-1:30 p.m. | Outside the Student Activity Center

Savor a delightful picnic. Engage in meaningful conversations with our college president. Seize your chance to ask questions and meet other Roadrunners!

Student vs. Staff Softball

2:30-4 p.m. | SMC Softball Field

No doubt about it; softball brings everyone together. It's a chance to show off your skills and cheer for your peers—the perfect ending to your first week as a  Roadrunner.

Last Call Karaoke

6-7:30 p.m. | Outside the Student Activity Center

Cap off Welcome Week in style. Grab the mic, choose your favorite song, and unleash your inner superstar. We're going to have a great semester together, Roadrunners!