A guide to Welcome events at ASU

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Hello Sun Devils and welcome back! As students return to school or begin as first-year Sun Devils, ASU spirit, pride and tradition will be on display at Welcome events across all ASU campuses. 

ASU Welcome Week kicks off in the days before classes start, but the spirit will continue with events through September. There are some events that happen only during Welcome every year, and you do not want to miss them, Devils!

Overhead view of ASU students in gold at Sun Devil Welcome 2019

Check out these top events for ASU students in August. Save the date, bring your mask and we’ll see you there! #ForksUp

Aug. 16

Sparky’s Day of Service
Tempe campus, Downtown Phoenix campus, times and locations vary

Start the year off right by participating in a service project with Changemaker Central @ ASU

A Golden Tradition
West campus, 4:15–5:15 p.m.

Have you ever heard of the Paley Gates? A long-time tradition on the West Campus includes having first-year students walk through the Paley Gates to signify the beginning of their journey on campus. The best part about this tradition is that students also get the opportunity to walk back through the gates as seniors, signifying the end of their academic journey at ASU. Students who participate in the tradition will also get the chance to hear from faculty, staff and other students about their experience at West. 

Summerset Fest 2021
Tempe campus, Sun Devil Fitness Complex, 7–10 p.m.

Time to kick off the new semester! All Sun Devils are invited to ASU’s annual Summerset Fest! Get to know the Sun Devil community, enjoy music, fun attractions and grab some cool ASU merch.

Aug. 17

Sun Devil Welcome 
Tempe campus, Sun Devil Stadium, 7 p.m.

Welcome, class of 2025! Join thousands of fellow Sun Devils at the football stadium for an ASU tradition. Experience Sun Devil spirit and pride at its best! Sun Devils will hear from President Crow, various athletic teams, cultural organizations, student body presidents, Sparky, the marching band and more to welcome them as they start an unforgettable college experience.

Tempe campus, Sun Devil Stadium, 9 p.m.

ASU’s Programing and Activities Board presents Jack Harlow live and in person at this year's InfernoFest. Get hyped for the new year and for fall athletics by attending this concert just for students.  

Aug. 18

Sparky’s Day of Service
Tempe campus, Poly campus, times and locations vary

Start the year off right by participating in a service project with Changemaker Central @ ASU

Drop-in Play
West campus, 3–7 p.m.

Come enjoy an evening of activities, including lawn games and photoshoot opportunities. There will be music, tons of people and wholesome fun. 

Passport to ASU
Tempe campus, Student Pavilion Senita Ballroom, 2:30–9 p.m.

Time to get involved! Check out hundreds of student organizations that will be tabling during this huge event. Every hour new organizations will come in, giving Sun Devils the chance to collect giveaways, learn how to join and find a community that interests them. A schedule with the list of what organizations will be tabling can be found on Sun Devil Sync

Sparky’s Carnival
Downtown campus, Civic Space Park, 5–8 p.m.

It’s time to party! Come spend time meeting student organizations, grabbing free food and riding attractions! Anybody who’s anyone will be there. Don’t forget to show some ASU spirit by wearing maroon and gold!

Aug. 19

Club Hub
Polytechnic campus, Sun Devil Fitness Complex and Student Union, 5–7 p.m.

Connect with student organizations at Club Hub! Come see what student organizations on campus are up to and find something to get involved with. Grab some free ASU merch while you're at it.

West Fest and Rock the Rec
West campus, Sun Devil Fitness Complex, 6–9 p.m.

This is a combined event! Come meet with student organizations, and check out the SDFC’s open house party all in one night! Participate in activities, learn about organizations and have tons of fun. All Sun Devils are invited.

Tempe campus, Sun Devil Fitness and Wellness Complex, 6–9 p.m.

It’s time to get moving! Choose a workout and join in some glow in the dark exercise fun. Including yoga, cardio and strength, this music and movement event will keep you on your toes.

Downtown campus, Student Center at the Post Office, 12–2 p.m.

Join the Student Connection and Community Office in making terrariums. There’s nothing better than calming the stress of an upcoming semester with an afternoon of crafts! 

Aug. 21

Echo from the Buttes
Tempe campus, ‘A’ Mountain, 8–10 a.m.

Join thousands of students in one of ASU’s most famous welcome traditions. Sun Devils will gather and paint the A on ‘A’ Mountain white to symbolize a fresh start and a new beginning. 

Aug. 22

Greek Block Party
Tempe campus, Greek Leadership Village Community Center, 5–9 p.m.

Meet all of ASU’s Fraternity and Sorority Life organizations! Learn about recruitment and get the chance to ask questions. 

Aug. 23

SophoMORE Special Welcome
Locations on all campuses, 3:30 p.m.

Calling all second-year students! Join a welcome event just for you and meet other second-year students and staff. There will be games, food and special shirts just for the Class of 2024.
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Madeleine Williamson, ASU Student Life Producer