Party on the Lawn

Fall Welcome - Sunday

Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023

10 a.m.
Sunday Morning Yoga
Sauder Visual Arts Lawn
Start your morning off right! Bring your yoga mat or borrow one of ours! All ability levels are welcome!

10:30 a.m.
Meet Your Ministry Team
Sauder Visual Arts Lawn
Bring your friends and meet the ministry team right before Sunday morning worship for some refreshments and fellowship.

11 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship
Prayer Labyrinth
New students are extended a special invitation to the first on campus Sunday worship service. Come worship with us!

Noon-1 p.m.

The Commons, Marbeck Center

Noon-6 p.m.
Bookstore open
Campus bookstore, Marbeck Center
The bookstore will be open to purchase books, supplies and other school gear.

1-3 p.m.
Bluffton Athletics Day of Service
Location: TBA
Members of all our sports teams will join together with returning student-athletes to make a difference in the Bluffton community. Check with your coaches on where your team will be meeting.

3:30 p.m.
Hazing Prevention Training
Designated Time to Complete Online Education Module   
This session is time set aside for any student who has not yet completed the online hazing prevention training.  Hazing prevention training is required by the State of Ohio and Bluffton University for all students participating in athletics, performance groups or student organizations. At Bluffton, this training is completed through an online education module. An invitation to complete this training was sent to your Bluffton email. Please check you spam folder if you have not received it. 

3:30 p.m. 
Learn & Earn: Orientation to Campus Work
The Commons, Marbeck Center
If you are planning on working on campus, you will want to attend this session. Students will learn about Bluffton's dynamic work program and discover the benefits of engaging in our campus work community.

4 p.m.
Campus & Classroom Tours 
Check with your RA for this tour
RAs will be available to take and help you find where your classes will meet. 

5 – 7 p.m. 
Party at the Preserve
Bluffton University Nature Preserve   
Join faculty, staff, new and returning students for a picnic dinner at the nature preserve. Come for lawn games, kayak races and other outdoor activities! Come for dinner being served from 5 – 6 p.m. for all students and stick around to have some fun!

7:30 p.m.
Welcome Group Session #5
Welcome Group Meeting Location
This is the last of the formal welcome group sessions. It's a chance to process your first few days and ensure your readiness for classes on Monday!

8:15 p.m.
Knowlton Science Center Grand Openings
Knowlton Science Center
Join President Wood and Cabinet as we celebrate the grand openings of the brand new Knowlton Science Center. There will be a brief ribbon cutting ceremony followed by refreshments and building tour.