Aug. 21 - 25, 2023

Welcome Week, held at the start of the new academic year, is a week full of events for students to attend social gatherings, make friendships, build relationships with faculty and staff, and take part in fun activities held here on campus!

Calendar of Events

Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023

Cardinal Crawl | 7 - 9 p.m. | Convocation Center

Looking for Saturday night plans? Join Residence Life in their annual Cardinal Crawl! Travel back in time to the '90s with good music, fun arcade games and all things glow-in-the-dark!

Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023

Welcome Mass | 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Chapel of the Incarnate Word

The Welcome Mass, traditionally held the Sunday before classes begin, is a beautiful celebration welcoming all of our newest Cardinals and their families to the University of the Incarnate Word family as they begin this new and exciting chapter in their lives. Due to fire code restrictions, seating is limited. The Mass will also be live-streamed at A reception will follow the Mass.

Monday, Aug. 21, 2023

Welcome Back: Food Truck | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Friendship Garden

The Office of Campus Engagement will provide a food truck that offers FREE lunch for students. A photo booth will also be available for fun back-to-school photo opportunities.

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2023

Sweet Treats with Campus Engagement | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | SEC Concourse

Do you have a sudden craving for something sweet? Join Campus Engagement for a sweet treat and learn how they can help you become successful this school year! 

Greek Life & Club Sports | 5 - 7 p.m. | Friendship Garden

Learn more about Greek Life and Club Sports at UIW! FREE BBQ, play games and learn more about what you can do to get involved.

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023

First Year Engagement BBQ | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Dubuis Lawn

If you're hungry and a first-year student, don't look any further! Join First Year Engagement for a BBQ on your first week of classes! Get to learn more about how you can get involved in your first year here at UIW, meet UIW faculty and administration, and make memories with new friends! 

Student Organization Fair | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Westgate Circle

Want to get involved? Learn more about our many student organizations here at UIW. Student members are excited to meet you!

Campus Activities Board (CAB) Event | 4 - 7 p.m. | Dubuis Lawn

Take a little breather from a long day of classes with CAB! A FREE event just for you!

Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023

Kona Ice Truck on Campus | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Friendship Garden

Beat the heat and enjoy a cup of shaved ice with your favorite flavorings from the Kona Ice Truck! Choose from the classic flavors or try something new, like their Vita-Blend or Sugar Free Kona cups! Complimentary shaved ices are available while supplies last!

Welcome Back: River Jam | 6 - 9 p.m. | Rosenberg Sky Room

Come out and enjoy some of the best hits with your new UIW community and friends! FREE food, beverages and more!

Friday, Aug. 25, 2023

Build-A-Cardinal | 1 - 3 p.m. | SEC Ballroom

Join us at our very own Build-A-Cardinal Workshop to make your very own stuffed cardinal who can be your study buddy for the semester!