Save the Date! Welcome Week 2020: August 19-23

Stay tuned—our Welcome Week 2020 schedule will be released in Spring 2020. In the meantime, we encourage you to check out the 2019 schedule highlighted below. This will give you a good idea of what your Welcome Week will be like. Also, if you haven’t registered yet, be sure to sign up for one of our many exciting Cardinal Camps.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. New Student Move-In (All Residence Halls)

The Cardinal Move-In Crew—including campus leaders—will help you get settled in your residence hall room. Please check your email for further instructions to make this process as smooth as possible.

students moving in

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Cardinal First Family Continental Breakfast (Wentz Concert Hall Lobby)

This welcome breakfast is for all incoming first-generation college students (defined as neither parent having a four-year degree) and their families. Students will meet several Cardinal First Ambassadors (upperclass first-generation students), faculty/staff who were first-generation college students and Julie Carballo and Porsha Kapera, with the Office of First Generation Programs. Although not required, an RSVP would be greatly appreciated. 

students grabbing breakfast

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Welcome Picnic Lunch (Jefferson Lawn and Stevenson Hall in the Wentz Science Center (weather location Res/Rec)

You and your family are welcome to enjoy a picnic lunch with the campus community. If you choose to dine in downtown Naperville, we encourage you to take advantage of the special offers provided by local restaurants. 


1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Commuter Student Check-In at the Welcome Picnic!

Students living off campus will check in and receive all Welcome Week materials and meet our Commuter Services Staff!


2:30 - 4 p.m. Opening Convocation (Pfeiffer Hall)

Join in this traditional celebration with your family, where you are formally welcomed into the North Central academic community. This is the last event for parents and family members before we say "See You Soon!".

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Boilerhouse Open House (Rolland Center Boilerhouse Cafe)

Commuter Student Services welcomes our newest students. Come and meet our Commuter Assistants while enjoying light snacks and friendly conversation. 

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Residence Hall Floor Meetings, Commuter Meeting and Dinner (Residence Halls, WSC 101, Kaufman Dining Hall)

Meet your respective Resident Assistant (RA) and Commuter Assistant (CA), learn about campus services and upcoming events. Resident Student meetings will be on their assigned floors, and Commuter Students will meet at in Wentz Science Center Room 101. Dinner will be in Kaufman Dining Hall and Commuter Students will have their meal paid for by the Office of Student Involvement.


7:00 - 7:45 p.m. CARD 101/102 or Transfer Group Meetings (Various Locations)

Join your First-Year Mentor or Commuter Assistant (CA), who will provide you with an overview of Welcome Week. You will also have a chance to get acquainted with other new students in your CARD section. Your CARD class will be located on the Welcome Week packet that you will receive at Check In or on your Residence Hall room door!! If you haven't received it, please reach out to the orientation staff at or 630-637-5410.

8 - 10 p.m. Torchlight Celebration (Pfeiffer Hall)

A kickoff to a night of North Central College traditions, the Torchlight Parade dates back to 1912! Hear about the College motto Lux Veritas in a night dedicated to North Central College traditions and inspiring school spirit, including North Central’s fight song, Alma Mater, and more.

10:00 - 11:00 p.m. Bonfire (Championship Plaza & Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, South Lawn behind stadium)

Enjoy a bonfire with fellow first-year students. Make your own s'mores! 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast with your Group (Kaufman Dining Hall)

Meet with your group for breakfast. Your FYM will tell you a time and location to meet for breakfast.

9:00 -10:15am CARD 101/102 Meeting for First Year Students / Transfer Student Meeting (First Years will meet in their CARD classroom and Transfer Students will meet in Wentz Science Center 101)

Get excited to meet your fellow students! Your First Year Mentor (FYM) or CA will walk through the resources on campus so that you know "How to NCC" before classes begin!

Your CARD class will be located on the Welcome Week packet that you will receive at Check In or on your Residence Hall room door!! If you haven't received it, please reach out to the orientation staff at or 630-637-5410.

10:15 - 11:00am Donuts with Student Affairs (Outside Pfeiffer/Spine)

Grab a donut from the Food Truck Daddy's Dinky Donuts and meet the incredible staff who work in the Office of Student Affairs. This is a perfect chance to put faces to names and know who some helpful resources are on campus.

11:15-12:00 p.m. Math Placement Assessment (Wentz Science Center 104)

This is for students who did not complete the Math Placement Assessment through orientation sessions or other arrangements. Please reach out to your academic advisor if you are unsure if you have completed your assessment.

11:00-12:30pm The Hook Up (Pfeiffer Hall)

Hooking up can often sound like harmless fun, but it can also be a cover for some very unhealthy behaviors. This engaging discussion pulls back the covers on hooking up, clarifying when it's actually sexual violence and how bystanders can protect potential victims from predators.

You'll also meet our staff who can help support you along the way!

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch (Kaufman Dining Hall)

Meet with your group or with friends for lunch. Check in with your FYM or CA to find out where you should meet before your next presentation.

1:30 -3:00 p.m. Mohammed Bilal (Pfeiffer Hall)

Have you ever been misunderstood due to cultural differences? Have you ever longed for everyday, logical, concrete steps for communicating and forming strong, lasting friendships with people from different cultures (i.e. difference genders, ethnicities, abilities, sexualities, etc.)? This fun and interactive program will excite you to start your year off right!


3:00-4:30 p.m. Scavenger Hunt (Start in Jefferson Plaza)

All CARD & Transfer student teams will compete for the ultimate prize. Each team will compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, before they move on to the next location. Ultimately getting each team to know North Central College, the surrounding areas and great fun in the process!

4:30pm Rainbow Ice Cream Floats, sponsored by Cardinal Safe Zone (outside Pfeiffer Hall)

Come meet Cardinal Safe Zone committee members and cool off with an amazing Rainbow Ice Cream Float!

4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner (Kaufman Dining Hall)

Enjoy dinner with your group or with friends.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Introduction to Shimer (Seybert Hall)

Majoring in the Shimer Great Books program? Interested in taking a class? Come find out what it is all about through this mock class set up. Dr. Stuart Patterson will facilitate this event to get you acclimated to the class experience. 

7:30 - 11:00 p.m. Casino Night (Wentz Concert Hall and Madden Theatre Lobbies)

With $1,000 in prizes the odds are in your favor, you just have to join in the game. Fun favorites like Poker, Roulette, Craps, and Blackjack along with some free food: it’s sure to be a good night.

Don't know how to play? We'll teach you! The dealers are our Orientation Staff, Resident Assistants, Commuter Assistants and other campus leaders. They will teach you how to play each game.

Friday, August 16, 2019

7:45 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast with your Group (Kaufman Dining Hall)

Meet with your group for breakfast (optional). Your FYM will tell you a time and location to meet for breakfast.

8:30 - 9:15 a.m. Yoga on the Plaza (weather location is Stevenson Hall in Wentz Science Center)

We have some great options for you to get in shape or stay in shape throughout the academic year. This yoga class is for yogis of all abilities. 

10:00 - 2:00 p.m. Action Day, sponsored by the Center for Social Impact (Wentz Concert Hall)

Want to be a changemaker? At our Center for Social Impact, you'll find the opportunities, resources and support you need to become the change you wish to see in the world. The Center serves as a hub of opportunities to help you explore, experience and influence the issues and causes that you care about most. You'll find innovative ways to solve complex social challenges and grow as a leader. Get a glimpse into what that means through this exciting and interactive day. 

You don't want to miss this chance!

2:15 - 3:15pm A Better High with Matt Bellace

Matt Bellace, Ph.D., has been a motivational speaker and stand-up comedian since 1995. Dr. Bellace has a Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology (the study of the brain and behavior), is a member of the National Speakers Association and the author of the book, "A Better High" (Wyatt Mackenzie, 2012).  He is also a contributing author for the National Geographic Kids book series, "This or That."  His "How to Get High Naturally" program encourages over a hundred thousand students a year worldwide to pursue natural highs and make healthy choices. Matt was a recurring comedian on truTV's hit show, "World's Dumbest."

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Presidential Ice Cream Social (President's Lawn (409 E. Chicago Avenue))

Join Dr. Troy Hammond, president, and his wife, Sharlene, as they welcome you to North Central College!

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Final First Year Seminar (CARD) Meeting

Finish up the week strong with your final CARD 101/102/200 meeting, 

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner (Kaufman Dining Hall)

Enjoy dinner with your group or with friends.

8:00 - 10:00pm The Union Presents (Heininger Auditorium in Larrance Academic Center)

The Union is a student-run venue for social change. Hosting weekly concerts and events, The Union serves as a megaphone for local, national, and international social change efforts. The Union is also a learning lab for students interested in the music business industry, graphic design, event management, community partnerships, hospitality management and more!

10:00pm-12:00am Late Night Sports (Stadium)

Play some late night sports under the lights of our amazing stadium! Kickball, Spikeball, Soccer and so much more will be available. Come to play or come to hang out!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Brunch (Kaufman Dining Hall)

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cardinal Excursions (Various Locations)

Sign up for your choice of excursions for the day!! Stay on campus and paint a masterpiece for your residence hall room, test your skills at "Summer Olympics". Or you can choose to attend Navy Pier or the Shedd Aquarium!

No cost! Sign up at the WAC Front Desk--there are limited spots for the off campus excursions, so make sure you sign up early! There are caps for each event.

4:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner (Kaufman Dining Room or The Cage)

8:00 -10:00pm Magician Kid Ace: An Evening with the Weekend Programming Board

There is everything you expect from a magician and then, there is Kid Ace. With featured roles in music videos with artist such as Lil’ Yatchy, Young Thug and MGMT, it’s no wonder why Kid Ace is quickly becoming one of magic’s newest stars. With a pulse on the culture, Ace seamlessly blends modern music and fashion with the world of illusion. Completing multiple world tours over the past few years coupled with his current “Evolution Tour” still mystifying audiences around the country.

The mission of the Weekend Programming Board is to provide a diverse and unique assortment of events to entertain and engage students outside of the classroom. WPB prides itself on creating, planning, and executing quality events in collaboration with campus partners for the North Central community.

FREE T-SHIRTS for all attendees!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Local Church Send Off Breakfast (Kiekhofer Hall Lobby)

Meet staff members from the Office of Faith and Action for an informal breakfast. You will hear about the opportunities for involvement from our office's student organization leaders (Catholic Cardinals, Focus, and United). After breakfast, transportation and walking groups will be provided to a number of local churches.

10:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Brunch (Kaufman Dining Hall)

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Picnic in the Plaza (Jefferson Plaza)

Play a casual game of bags or spikeball; then eat some delicious walking tacos and relax. Bring Your Own Blanket!

Giveaways will be here! Don't miss out! 

4 - 11 p.m. (Shuttle leaves every hour on the hour) Afternoon shuttle service to Target, Westfield Fox Valley Mall, Jewel, All Saints Catholic Academy (Remote Parking Lot) and more

Forgot something? Looking for a chance to get off campus? Check out the Shuttle schedule at

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. First Year Mentor "Ask Me Anything" (Jefferson Plaza)

No question is too small...ask the First Year Mentors! The First Year Mentors will be on hand to point you in the direction of your first class, books, or anything academic related! Just want to come hang out? They will be there for that, too!