Welcome Weekend

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What to Expect

Welcome Weekend 2019 kicks off on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. You can move into the residence halls at 9 a.m.

Each student will be part of a Delta Group. These are small groups led by an upper-class student leader. Your first Delta Group will be at 3 p.m. Friday. Starting with that group, you will be involved in Welcome Weekend throughout the whole weekend.

Welcome Weekend is mandatory for all new first-year students. It is full of lots of fun programs, activities, and conversations that will help you connect well to this community and give you what you need to hit the ground running! You will have required events every day starting at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30- Monday, Sept. 2.  

If you have a disability or chronic medical condition that may affect your ability to participate fully and richly in Welcome Weekend, please contact the Center for Equal Access and ask for Melissa Watschke at (218) 723-6747 or (218) 723-6790 (TTY/TDD) or access@css.edu. It is important that you contact her at least two weeks before Welcome Weekend if possible.

Welcome Weekend is a great introduction to life at The College of St. Scholastica. During this time you will:

  • have a ton of fun!
  • become familiar with your new home at CSS
  • make new friends and connect with a number of the diverse people who make up this community
  • meet faculty and staff
  • find ways to be involved and make connections that get you started
  • learn more about academic success strategies
  • be familiar with the student support services that exist at CSS
  • experience our Benedictine values in action and explore further what it means to live them every day


Is Scholastica Welcome Weekend required? 

Welcome Weekend is a required program and attendance is integral to your transition from high school to the College of St. Scholastica. The choice to attend is similar to the decisions you'll be making every day of your college experience - whether to attend class or not, whether to participate in on-campus events or not, or whether to have a positive attitude or not. Just like regular class attendance has a positive impact on academic success, attending Welcome Week will enhance your academic experience by helping you get acquainted with CSS and build a sense of community (one of our values). We encourage you to attend all the sessions and events. Get to know your classmates and start making new friends and memories.

And remember, you have your first real Dignitas class on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 1!

Dignitas Class and Paper

As an introduction to the high academic standards of the College, all first-year students are given a summer reading assignment to complete as part of their Dignitas course. You will receive more information about the book and assignment instructions during On-campus Orientation. The assignment will also be available in the Learning and Living in CSS: New First Year Student Online Orientation all new students complete in August.

Sample Schedule | 2019

Check out the 2019 schedule of Welcome Week activities. Some of the events are mandatory each year and are indicated with bold titles. All meals and activities during Welcome Weekend are free.

7 a.m.-12 a.m.
Technology HelpDesk
T2400 hallway

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saints Shop Open
Tower Hall

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
OneStop/Financial Aid Assistance
First Floor Tower Hall

9 a.m.-1 p.m.
MOVE IN to your new CSS home and check in for Welcome Week
Somers Hall

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Enjoy a free lunch for new students and families
Greenview Dining Room, Somers Hall

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Free root beer floats for everyone
From Campus Ministry
Alpha Chi Lawn (outside between Somers Hall and Tower Hall)

1 p.m.
Muslim Prayer: The Oratory
Somers Hall 190 E off Somers Main Lounge

*If your family is still on campus, please plan to say goodbye to them before Delta Group meetings. New students will be busy for the remainder of the day*

3-3:45 p.m.
Parent Council Reception
Benedictine Commons (Science Center)

3 p.m.
Delta Groups

Meet in assigned location (check name tag)

4:15 p.m.
Welcome to the Neighborhood Ceremony

Mitchell Auditorium

5:15-6:30 p.m.
Celebration Dinner with your Delta groups

Greenview Dining Room

7-8 p.m.
Reslife wing meetings and commuting student meeting

Meet in your Somers Hall wing
Commuters meet in Somers Main Lounge

8-9:30 p.m.
PlayFair Block Party

Reif Gymnasium

9:30 p.m.
Block Party continues with music, snacks and more!
Science Lawn

7 a.m.-12 a.m.
Technology HelpDesk
T2400 hallway

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saints Shop Open
Tower Hall

8-9 a.m.
Greenview Dining Room

9:15-9:45 a.m.
Delta Groups

10-11:30 a.m.
Welcome to the Neighborhood (Part II): Building Relationships to Last with Paula Pederson

Mitchell Auditorium

12-2:15 p.m.
Intramurals Kickoff! Yard games galore with bbq lunch!

Science Front Lawn

2:15-2:30 p.m.
Delta Group meeting

2:30-4 p.m.
Sex Signals — Safety, Respect and Community.

For yourself and others to learn more strategies to take responsibility for your safety and health in college.
Mitchell Auditorium

4:00-4:30 p.m.
Residential Life and commuters

Mitchell Auditorium

5:30-7 p.m.
Delta Group dinner

Greenview Dining Room

8-11 p.m.
Game Night (Nerd Nite)
Settlers of Catan, Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, Exploding Kittens and more.

10p-12 p.m.
"Nacho Average Dance"
Dance and nacho bar!
Storm’s Den

7 a.m.-12 a.m.
Technology HelpDesk
T2400 hallway

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saints Shop Open
Tower Hall

10 a.m.-noon 
Greenview Dining Room

11 a.m.
Catholic Mass with the sisters — All are welcome
Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel 

12:05-1:50 p.m.
Delta Groups.

Find your classes and campus resources. Meet in Delta locations first.

1:45-2 p.m.
Cookies in the Student Union

Ground Floor Tower Hall

2-4 p.m.
Student success panel & Dignitas first class meeting. 

Meet in Mitchell Auditorium first

4-4:15 p.m.

Mitchell Foyer, First Floor Tower Hall

4:15-5:15 p.m.
Being healthy; doing college well

Mitchell Auditorium

5:15-6:45 p.m.
Delta Group dinner

Greenview Dining Room

8-9 p.m.
Renegade Improv
Mitchell Auditorium

9-11 p.m.
Movie in our Park
Somers Lawn

7 a.m.-12 a.m.
Technology HelpDesk
T2400 hallway

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saints Shop Open
Tower Hall

8:30-9:45 a.m.
Greenview Dining Room

10-10:30 a.m.
Delta Groups.

Prepare for your last day of Welcome Week.

10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Welcome to the Neighborhood (Part III): Connecting as a Community of Saints

Mitchell Auditorium

12:15-2 p.m.
Lunch/final Delta Group meeting

(Lunch closes at 1:30 p.m.)
Greenview Dining Room

2 p.m.
Community and Beyond!
Explore CSS and the Duluth Neighborhoods.
All events leave from Mitchell Auditorium.

Activities include:

  • 2:00, 2:30 p.m. Buses to Canal Park
  • 5:15, 6:15 p.m. Buses return to CSS
  • 3 p.m. Adventure along Chester Creek, Community and Beyond
  • 3:15 p.m. Adventure along The Valley of Silence

4:30-6 p.m.
Greenview Dining Room

6:30-7:30 p.m.
Praise and Worship.
Christian Fellowship and Worship.
Somers Main Lounge

8 p.m.
Adam Grabowski and Chris Jones - Stand Up and Knock Out
Mitchell Auditorium

September 6, 2018
Student Affairs - Free Hotdog Lunch
Alpha Chi Lawn


If you have questions or concerns about Welcome Weekend, please contact Megan Perry-Spears at mperryspears@css.edu. Or contact the orientation interns at orientation@css.edu or (218) 723-6728. 

Other helpful bits of information


If you apply for and select to live on campus for the fall, you will receive a letter in the middle of July informing you of your fall housing assignment and your new roommate(s). To be assigned a room, you will need to complete a housing contract and submit your $200 deposit. If you have not yet submitted your full deposit, please contact your CSS admissions counselor or make your deposit online. You may also review a list of suggested items to bring to campus. Transfer students are not required to live on campus, but if you are a transfer student and interested in living on campus, please complete the same steps.

CSS ID Cards

Most of you had your student ID picture taken when you were here for On-campus Orientation. You will pick-up your ID during Welcome Weekend. If you did not have your photo taken, you can do that on Friday of Welcome Weekend as well.

Saints Dining

Meal plans are used primarily in The Greenview. Here students can dine with their friends or make a to-go meal to take with them. More information can be found on the Saints Dining website.

Parking Permit and Transportation

Students are allowed to have vehicles on campus, but are required to register their vehicle online and purchase a student parking permit.
Please note that many students opt to NOT have a car on campus and it works out just fine. You can use your CSS ID as a bus pass to go anywhere in Duluth. For traveling further distances (Twin Cities and beyond) Jefferson Bus Lines picks up right on campus! (www.jeffersonlines.com/)