Kick Off Fall Semester with Two Weeks of Fun

Welcome Week

Monday, Aug. 25: The Comet Beach Luau will feature Hawaiian food and hula dancers from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Phase 8 Pool.

Like a party waiting to happen, Welcome Week 2014 will have enough food, games and music to make every Comet at UT Dallas excited about the new school year.

Highlights for the two-week bash include the Cometville Carnival on the Mall, Rec ’n’ Wild water games at the softball fields, a talent show, silent disco and a dive-in movie at an on-campus pool.

And don’t forget the food — from barbecue and fajitas to cupcakes and snow cones.

“With two full weeks of activities planned, Welcome Week will give new and returning students the opportunity to experience plenty of Comet spirit and start the year off with excitement,” said Kecia Baker, assistant dean of students.


Full Schedule: For details about activities from Aug. 24 through Sept. 6, visit the Welcome Week website.

Get Social: Tag your Welcome Week photos with #UTDWW. We will share the best on UT Dallas' Twitter and Instagram.

The week will begin with the formal University Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 24, that marks the start of the academic journey for incoming students.

A first-ever Volunteer Expo will let students window-shop for ways to get involved in the community and meet representatives from nonprofit and service organizations from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, in the Student Union Galaxy Rooms.

Other Welcome Week highlights include a Supernova Dance with a light show, DJs and LED robot at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Activity Center Main Gym. Students also will experience Lone Star-style entertainment at the annual Texas Party, featuring a live band, bull riding and line dancing, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, in the Student Union.

Sunday, Aug. 24: After freshmen and transfer students are welcomed at Convocation, students and staff will feast at the Welcome Back BBQ at 5 p.m. on the Chess Plaza. 

Capture Welcome Week Spirit with Pictures, Videos

Shoot photos and videos during Welcome Week events for a chance to win prizes.

Submit your favorite photos to [email protected] Photos with extensive editing or manipulation will not be considered.

Create a one-minute or less video showcasing the best part of UT Dallas. Submit your video in the form of a YouTube link to [email protected]

Deadline for both contests is midnight Monday, Sept. 8.

Winners will receive UT Dallas Bookstore gift cards: $200 for first place, $100 for second placeand $50 for third place.

Student Affairs will announce the winners Friday, Sept. 12.

Media Contact: The Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected].