Clyde’s Kickoff welcomes students with entertainment, engagement, resources

A weeklong series of Clyde’s Kickoff events will welcome incoming first-years to campus in style.

The opening week for new students will include long-standing favorite events such as PlayFair, RecFest, Convocation and more. Events are designed to introduce first year students to the UCCS campus, helpful resources and fellow new students.

Students should be prepared to wear a face covering when attending indoor events. Face coverings are encouraged, but not mandatory, for events taking place outdoors. See a list of frequently asked questions.

Read on for the schedule of events.

Sunday, August 15

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

Dinner and Games at the Fork
5–7 p.m., Roaring Fork Dining Hall
After a long day of moving in, enjoy food, meet fellow new students and play giant versions of your favorite classic board and card games.

Monday, August 16

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

UCCS Under the Lights
7 p.m., Alpine Field
Spend your first night on campus getting to know other students living on campus, play some great yard games and have some fun under the stars with some of UCCS’ most energizing games.

Tuesday, August 17

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

Club and Organization Field Day
1–5 p.m., Alpine Field

Interested in what clubs and organizations are available at UCCS? Stop by Alpine Field and begin to explore the clubs and organizations you might want to join.

“Get the Scoop” Ice Cream Social
7 p.m., San Juan Quad & Summit Village Turf
Escape the summer heat with some tasty treats and meet some of your fellow classmates. Yard games are available and staff on-hand to answer questions about UCCS.

Wednesday, August 18

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

Floor Meetings
1–3 p.m. (residential students only)
Floor meetings are a chance to meet with other residents on your floor, engage with your RA and learn more about the expectations of living in housing. Check with your RA for specific floor times and locations.

Commuter Social
1–3 p.m., University Center Plaza
Come to the annual Commuter Social to learn about some resources around campus, meet some of your fellow students, and enjoy some delicious treats.

PlayFair/First Year Student Welcome Event
3–4:30 p.m., Berger Hall and Gallogly Events Center
Join the nation’s largest team-building activity to kick off the most exciting week in your college career. PlayFair will be followed by Mountain Lion Rally and the Class of 2025 photo.

Feast at the Fork
4:30–7 p.m., Roaring Fork Dining Hall
Enjoy street fair and festival food for your first official dinner on campus. Explore pop-up style food stations in Roaring Fork Dining Hall, offering a variety of cuisines from all over the world!

Club Soccer Pick-Up Game
5–7 p.m., West Lawn & Alpine Field
Come join an informal gathering of soccer players on Alpine Field to play pick-up! This will be occurring all summer from 5-7 p.m.

6:30–10 p.m., Gallogly Recreation and Wellness Center
Join us at the Recreation and Wellness Center for this year’s annual RecFest. Be one of the first 250 people to hand in your completed punch card and you will receive a free T-shirt. Along with games, pizza and activities, there will be tons of giveaways!

Students walking on campus

Thursday, August 19

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. Day 1 includes the Class of 2025 Convocation, Smart Move Training and the CollegeFest Resource Fair. Lunch is provided!

Class of 2025 Convocation
9:30 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.

Cards Against Hypnosis
7:30–10 p.m., Berger Hall
Cards Against Hypnosis is an interactive, laugh-out-loud comedy show. This unpredictable event gives a truly unique experience for the hypnotized participants as well as the audience.

Friday, August 20

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. Day 2 includes the Chalk the Walk event and the Campus Scavenger Hunt. Lunch is provided!

Premier Night
7:30 p.m., University Center
Interact with all the different offices and resources that the UC (University Center) has to offer, and walk away with some great swag — including an airline voucher to travel anywhere in the country.

Crave Rave Bingo
9 p.m.–12:15 a.m., Berger Hall
Crave Rave Bingo is not your normal game of bingo… it’s so much more! Come and play for tons of prizes, free food and exciting bingo games.

Saturday, August 21

Clyde’s Adventure Excursions
11 a.m.–5 p.m., meet in front of the Recreation and Wellness Center
Get out and explore the campus and city of Colorado Springs like you never have before. You can hike at Palmer Park, visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo or shop around Manitou Springs. Transportation will be provided.

Movie Madness: A Quiet Place Pt. II
8 p.m., Summit Village Turf
Enjoy a night under the stars! Bring your blankets and chairs – we will provide the movie snacks while enjoying “A Quiet Place Pt. II.”

Class of 2025 Talent Show
10:30 p.m., Berger Hall
Here’s your chance to perform your amazing talent or act you have for your new classmates — LIVE! Registration will occur throughout the week and auditions take place on Saturday afternoon at 4:30pm.

Sunday, August 22

Class of 2025 Gratitude Project (Community Service Project)
11 a.m.—2 p.m., University Center Student Life Lounge
A long-standing tradition of the incoming class, take part in your class service project that gives back to the Colorado Springs community. This year’s project is a drop-in volunteer initiative in the Student Life Lounge. This year’s project will feature positive thank you posters for departments around campus. There will be free food! Stop by, grab a slice and give gratitude.

Out of State Student Social
3–5 p.m., San Juan Quad
Are you a first year student from another state? Come mix and mingle with other students and build your out-of-state community! This is a great opportunity to meet fellow new students.

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