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Welcome Events Begin August 17, 2023!

Get ready to create your experience here at UNM!  There are countless opportunities for you to get #UNMInvolved and meet new friends!  Find your support system that will guide and inspire you.

Take a look at welcome events scheduled, and don’t forget to keep visiting the UNM Events Calendar!


2023 Welcome Events

Fraternity/Sorority Life Block Party
Thursday, August 17: 6:00 pm
Johnson Field

Join hundreds of other students for the annual Fraternity/Sorority Life Block Party on Johnson Field! This yearly event is a great opportunity to meet other students and learn more about campus life. Look forward to games, music, and multiple food trucks for your first night on campus!

Friday Night Live
Friday, August 18: 7:00 pm
Student Union Building

Join over 2,500 students in the Student Union Building (SUB) from 7:00 – 10:00 pm for the first event of the semester!   The entire building will be full of great events, including games, free food and more.

First-Year Convocation
Sunday, August 20: 4:00 pm
Popejoy Hall

First-Year Convocation is a UNM event which is intended to welcome incoming students and their families to the University Community.  The event will include a ceremony, reception, and class crawl. Don’t forget to sign up at

Class Crawl
Sunday, August 20 (After First Year Convocation)
North of Student Union Building

Class Crawl is an opportunity for new students and their families to discover where their classes will be located at the University of New Mexico Main Campus prior to the first day of classes.  Bring your class schedule, and get ready to meet fellow Lobos!

Movie on the Field
Sunday, August 20: 8:00 pm
Johnson Field

Come watch Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 outside Johnson Field starting at 8:00 pm. Bring a blanket and friends for a "drive-in movie" experience.

Welcome Back Days
August 21-25

Stop by the duck pond and enjoy the many themes associated with each day.  Meet student leaders, administrators, and learn about campus resources.  You can also visit with campus departments and programs, campus communities, and much more!  Enjoy free food and live entertainment.

AAPIRC Welcome Back Pad Thai Social
Wednesday, August 23: 4:00 pm
Mesa Vista Courtyard

The Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Center (AAPIRC) welcomes new and returning lobos to enjoy Asian-themed catered food, performances, and games including Mahjong. We will have resource tables featuring student, campus, and community resources and organizations. You will also have the opportunity to learn about AAPIRC’s services and make suggestions for the year.

AASS Welcome Back BBQ
Thursday, August 24: 5:00 pm
Mesa Vista Courtyard

The African American Student Services Welcome Back BBQ invites all new and returning lobos to enjoy food catered by a Black owned business, live DJ and step performance to celebrate the start of the new semester. The event also features an opportunity to learn about campus and community resources.

Lobo Women's Soccer
Thursday, August 24: 7:30 pm
UNM Soccer Complex

Wear your Lobo gear and cheer on Lobo Women’s Soccer as they take on Cal State Fullerton. Bring your Lobo Card to get in free. First 50 students in attendance get a free t-shirt. Also, trivia and giveaways, including Starbucks gift cards.

LGBTQ Resource Center Welcome Back Event
(date TBD)
1919 Las Lomas

Enjoy BBQ with vegan options, drag performances, speakers and a dance party!

El Centro Raza Junta
Wednesday, August 30: 11:30 am
Mesa Vista Courtyard

El Centro de la Raza invites all new and returning lobos to Raza Junta to kick off the new academic year with danza, musica y comida! First semester students come pick up your free t-shirt and treats. ¡Para Adelante Raza!

AISS Welcome Back
Thursday, August 31: 12:00 pm
Mesa Vista Hall Southwest Courtyard

Join American Indian Student Services (AISS) in welcoming new & returning Lobos to campus! Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with American Indian students, faculty, & staff while enjoying traditional dance performances and light refreshments. Pick up a ticket at 1119 Mesa Vista Hall before they’re all gone!

College Enrichment Program (CEP) Welcome Back BBQ
Wednesday, September 6: 11:00 am
Mesa Vista Courtyard West

Join the College Enrichment Program (CEP) for a welcome back BBQ!

Lobo Athletics

Cheer on Football, Soccer, and Volleyball as competition starts in August.  Continue to check for upcoming athletic events. UNM students receive free admission to all athletic events and are eligible for a number of student specific events and promotions offered by the Athletics program. GO LOBOS!