Clyde’s Kickoff features week of outdoor fun for incoming students

A weeklong series of Clyde’s Kickoff events will welcome incoming first years to campus, including long-standing favorites such as PlayFair, RecFest, Convocation and more – all socially distanced, of course.

Students must RSVP for all events on Mountain Lion Connect. They must also complete their daily health screening before participating in that day’s activities. Face coverings will be required at all events, and all activities and programs will have social distancing measures in place. Sanitizing stations will be available and equipment will be regularly sanitized throughout the event.

Read on for the schedule of events.

Sunday, August 16

Move-In
Students should check their email for move-in times and locations.

YardFest
7 p.m., San Juan Quad & West Lawn
Kick off the year with fun field day activities, including cornhole, yardpong, ladderball and more. All the fun you can have on your first night on campus!

Monday, August 17

Move-In
Students should check their email for move-in times and locations.

Clyde’s Welcome Wagon
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Summit Village Turf
1 to 3 p.m., San Juan Quad (VAV)

Stop down at the Clyde’s Welcome Wagon event after moving in to earn some free swag, meet members of your UCCS Student Government, take socially distant selfies and play tabletop games.

Mountain Lion Game Night
7 p.m., San Juan Quad & West Lawn
Have you heard of classic games with a giant twist? Kick off the school year by playing some giant yard games like Jenga, Uno, Checkers, Connect 4, Scrabble and more!

Tuesday, August 18

Move-In
Students should check their email for move-in times and locations.

Clyde’s Welcome Wagon
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Summit Village Turf
1 to 3 p.m., San Juan Quad (VAV)

Stop down at the Clyde’s Welcome Wagon event after moving in to earn some free swag, meet members of your UCCS Student Government, take socially distant selfies and play tabletop games.

“Get the Scoop” Ice Cream Social
7 p.m., San Juan Quad & West Lawn
Enjoy ice cream on the West Lawn. This a great opportunity to meet some new people, kick back and relax after moving in. There will be games, music and staff on hand to answer questions about programming throughout the week.

Wednesday, August 19

Move-In
Through 2 p.m.
Students should check their email for move-in times and locations.

Commuter Social
1 p.m., virtual
Connect with other commuter students as well as some of the great campus resources around campus. RSVP on Mountain Lion Connect for login details.

PlayFair
3:30 p.m., virtual
It’s finally time to meet your new friends and classmates in the nation’s largest virtual icebreaker!

RecFest
5 p.m., West Lawn & Alpine Field
Check out one of the most popular events on campus and participate in mini sport competitions, games and much more.

UCCS Spirit Craft
5 p.m., Summit Turf & West Lawn
Create some school spirit-themed crafts to decorate your room and make it feel like your new home. Remember to RSVP.

Class Dinner
5 p.m., Roaring Fork Dining Hall
Take a gastronomical trip around the work as you explore pop-up style food stations in Roaring Fork and the Lodge.

Students walking on campus

Thursday, August 20

GPS Gateway Day 1
Check your portal for times, locations and other information.
GPS 1010 is your first official class at UCCS, either online or in person.

Class of 2024 Convocation
8:30 a.m., GPS Gateway Day Classroom
UCCS First Year Student Convocation is one of the longest-held traditions at UCCS. It welcomes students at the start of their first official class.

Pride Pass Sessions
Session 1: 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
Session 2: 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Session 3: 1:15 to 2 p.m.
Session 4: 2:15 to 3 p.m.

All students looking for activities on Thursday and Friday – especially those with remote or asynchronous GPS classes or free time – are invited to enjoy these sessions. Make sure to RSVP on Mountain Lion Connect for more details. Attend 6 sessions, and you’ll win a free t-shirt!

Crave Rave Bingo
7:30 p.m., Berger Hall
Join your peers for a night full of bingo with the opportunity to win some great prizes! There will be five rounds with the first one starting at 7:30pm and the event goes until all prizes are won.

Friday, August 21

GPS Gateway Day 2
Check your portal for times, locations and other information.
GPS 1010 is your first official class at UCCS, either online or in person.

Class of 2024 Convocation
8:30 a.m., GPS Gateway Day Classroom
UCCS First Year Student Convocation is one of the longest-held traditions at UCCS. It welcomes students at the start of their first official class.

Pride Pass Sessions
Session 1: 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
Session 2: 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Session 3: 1:15 to 2 p.m.
Session 4: 2:15 to 3 p.m.

All students looking for activities on Thursday and Friday – especially those with remote or asynchronous GPS classes or free time – are invited to enjoy these sessions.

RecFest
6 p.m., West Lawn & Alpine Field
Check out one of the most popular events on campus and participate in mini sport competitions, games and much more!

University Center Premiere Night
6 p.m., University Center
Play carnival games with the different offices and resources the University Center has to offer and sign the official Class of 2024 banner.

Saturday, August 22

Choose Your Adventure Hunt
11 a.m., on and off campus
Get out and explore the campus and city of Colorado Springs like you never have before by capturing photos at historical, recreational, and beautiful sites. Visit the sign-up tables outside of the Roaring Fork to register.

Movie Madness: Jumanji: The Next Level
8 p.m., West Lawn
Enjoy a night under the stars! Bring your blankets and chairs – we will provide the movie snacks while enjoying the movie “Jumanji: The Next Level.” RSVP, as the event is limited to 175 participants.

Class of 2024 Talent Show
10:30 p.m., Berger Hall
Here’s your change to perform your amazing talent or act you have for your new classmates – live! Sign up by visiting the Student Life office, registering at event sign-up tables or emailing Student Life.

As Clyde’s Kickoff wraps up on Saturday, Aug. 22, DisOrientation Week will officially begin, featuring an outdoor concert, arts and crafts, world famous “dating doctor” David Coleman and more.

Want to learn about these and other events happening at UCCS? Visit Mountain Lion Connect.