Griz Welcome Events to Greet Arriving UM Students

August 02, 2019

UM will host a Welcome Feast lunch for all students on Friday, Aug. 30MISSOULA – The University of Montana and the Missoula community will welcome students arriving for fall semester with a full slate of Griz Welcome events from Saturday, Aug. 17, to Friday, Aug. 30.

Griz Welcome helps students feel comfortable, included and ready to study.

“As a student, there’s nothing like the excitement – and the stress – of coming back to campus in the fall,” said UM sophomore Morgan Starnes. “Having activities that welcome students back really makes the beginning of each school year fun, as well as help release some of the stress that comes with it.”

Volunteers will help students move into their new home away from home on Saturday, Aug. 17. Among the many Griz Welcome highlights are Convocation on Monday, Aug. 26, and a Welcome Feast lunch Friday, Aug. 30.

While many of the activities are designed for new students, all Grizzlies are encouraged to attend.

“Griz Welcome is a great way to help students of every class and field of study meet new people and find a sense of community with their peers,” Starnes said.

A schedule follows.

Saturday, Aug. 17

  • Move-in Day, residence halls.
  • Trivia Night, 8-10 p.m., University Center Commons.

Sunday, Aug. 18

  • Grocery Bingo, 8-10 p.m., UC Commons.

Monday, Aug. 19

  • Griz “Minute to Win it,” 8-10 p.m., UC Ballroom.

Tuesday, Aug. 20

  • Glow-in-the-Dark Capture the Flag, 8-10 p.m., Oval.

Wednesday, Aug. 21

  • Movie on the Oval, 9:30-11:30 p.m., Oval.

Thursday, Aug. 22

  • Silent Disco, 8:30-11 p.m., Oval.

Friday, Aug. 23

  • Great Griz Encounter, Movie Night, 5-10 p.m., Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

Saturday, Aug. 24

  • Rafting Trip, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Alberton Gorge, Clark Fork River
  • Laser Tag, 7-10 p.m., UC South Ballroom.

Sunday, Aug. 25

  • Rafting Trip, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Alberton Gorge, Clark Fork River
  • Pool Party, 7-9 p.m., Splash Montana.

Monday, Aug. 26

  • Shakespeare in the Parks, 6-8 p.m., Oval.
  • Convocation, 8-9 p.m., Oval.

Tuesday, Aug. 27

  • Shakespeare in the Parks, 6-8 p.m., Oval.

Wednesday, Aug. 28

  • Learn S’More About Greek Life, 7-9 p.m., Payne Family Native American Center Firepit.

Thursday, Aug. 29

  • Rainbow Welcome, 4-6 p.m., Oval.
  • Football 101, 6:15-7:15 p.m., Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
  • Shakewell Concert, 8-10 p.m., Oval.

Friday, Aug. 30

  • Welcome Feast, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Oval.

For more information on Griz Welcome activities, visit


Contact: Hailey Michelson, Griz Welcome committee co-chair, 406-243-5776,; Melissa Neidigh, Griz Welcome committee co-chair, 406-243-2611,