Helluva Welcome

August 10-17, 2024

All incoming students will take part in our August orientation program, Helluva Welcome! During this program, students will move into their residence hall, will spend time getting to know campus, and will build connections in the Rocky Mountains at Oredigger Camp as they take their first steps in their Mines journey. Students who are not living on campus will also participate in Helluva Welcome and will receive more specific instructions in the spring.

Helluva Welcome will take place between August 10-17, 2024 and more details will be available on this website in the summer!

To learn more about your Helluva Welcome schedule, click your student type below! 

Group of Students Creating a Map Together

Oredigger Camp

Oredigger Camp is a two and a half day program that takes place during Helluva Welcome. During Oredigger Camp, students will be transported to Estes Park, CO to stay at the YMCA of the Rockies, where they will have opportunities to meet their peers, upper-class student leaders, Mines faculty and staff, and Alumni! Oredigger Camp focuses on helping students build connections through engineering and reflection challenges, group time, and a wide range of activities.

Parent & Supporter Information

While Helluva Welcome is intended mainly for incoming students, parents and support systems are encouraged to attend Convocation and the Welcome BBQs on their student’s move in day. After their move in day, students will be busy with orientation programming so we kindly ask that parents and guests say their goodbyes at the conclusion of the Welcome BBQs.

Group of Students Creating a Map Together
President Johnson speaks to the crowd at university convocation

Convocation Information

Convocation is the official Mines welcome ceremony for all new students and their families! Students and their families will attend Convocation on their move-in day. There is no cost to attend this event. The event is held on-campus in Lockridge Arena and a live stream of each ceremony will be available on the Mines YouTube channel.

If you are a transfer student, please plan to attend on August 10th. If you are a commuter student, please plan to attend on August 11th.

Saturday, August 10th

Doors open at 4pm and ceremony begins at 5pm (students will meet on Stratton Commons at 4:15-4:30pm for the processional).

Families and guests will need to reserve their free tickets. Please note that students do not need a ticket for entry and that tickets are limited to three per family. Click here to reserve your tickets for the convocation on Saturday.

Sunday, August 11th

Doors open at 4pm and ceremony begins at 5pm (students will meet on Stratton Commons at 4:15-4:30pm for the processional).

Families and guests will need to reserve their free tickets. Please note that students do not need a ticket for entry and that tickets are limited to three per family. Click here to reserve your tickets for the convocation on Sunday.

New Student & Family BBQ Information

New Student & Family Barbeques will take place each move in day after the conclusion of Convocation. There is no cost to attend this event but family and supporters will need to reserve tickets. Please note that students do not need tickets for this event.

After the BBQ, families and supporters are encouraged to say goodbye as the rest of the weekend is dedicated to orienting students to our campus and community.

Saturday, August 10th

This BBQ is for those moving in on August 10th and for Transfer Students.

The BBQ will begin at the conclusion of Convocation (around 6pm) and will take place on Kafadar Commons, next to the CoorsTek Center for Applied Science & Engineering.

Families and supporters can reserve tickets here with no limit. New Students do not need a ticket as they are already counted.

Sunday, August 11th

This BBQ is for those moving in on August 11th and for Commuter Students.

The BBQ will begin at the conclusion of Convocation (around 6pm) and will take place on Kafadar Commons, next to the CoorsTek Center for Applied Science & Engineering.

Families and supporters can reserve tickets here with no limit. New Students do not need a ticket as they are already counted.

A student poses with Blaster the burro at the new student welcome bbq