Wolfpack Welcome Week


Signature Events

From incoming students joining together at Convocation to running through campus at midnight with 4,500 classmates and lighting the Bell Tower red at Packapalooza, Wolfpack Welcome Week is full of traditions that bring together the NC State community.

Click on the events below to learn more about the Signature Events of Wolfpack Welcome Week, view videos from 2017 to get a feel for what you can expect, and get excited for these amazing traditions!



Sunday, August 19 | 6:30-8:30pm | Miller Fields

Enjoy an evening of fun as University Recreation helps kick off the year! With over 9,500 participants, RecFest is an interactive event offering free food, giveaways and entertainment. Be sure to bring your new friends and be a part of one of the largest events on campus.

Check out last year’s RecFest!


Monday, August 20 | 3:00-4:30pm | Reynolds Coliseum

Convocation is your opportunity to kick-off the academic year with 4,000 fellow classmates, faculty, and staff while hearing from Chancellor Woodson and the Student Body President and participating in the Class of 2022 photo. Learn what you can expect at Convocation by clicking here.

Check out last year’s Convocation!


Respect the Pack

Tuesday, August 21 | 6:00-8:00pm | Talley Student Union, 2nd Floor Lobby

Join over 600 students, faculty and staff in making a commitment to support the values of equality and mutual respect for all people in our diverse community at NC State. Respect the Pack, an event which brings the campus community together, students, faculty and staff alike, paints the Free Expression Tunnel while enjoying performances from diverse student organizations.

Check out last year’s Respect the Pack!


Saturday, August 25 | 2:00-10:00pm | Hillsborough Street

Join us on Hillsborough Street for Packapalooza, an all-day block party and street festival capping off Wolfpack Welcome Week to start off the academic year. Celebrate with over 75,000 members of the Wolfpack and community, appearances by Wolfpack athletic teams, an evening concert and the lighting of the Belltower red! Learn more about Packapalooza by clicking here.

Check out last year’s Packapalooza!


Moonlight Howl & Run

Monday, August 20 | 11:59pm-1:30am | Memorial Belltower

Leaving from the Belltower, the Moonlight Howl & Run is the newest Wolfpack Welcome Week tradition with over 4,500 participants in 2016. Make a move at this non-competitive road race while navigating through landmarks around campus and ending with with a healthy late night snack on the Brickyard.

Check out last year’s Moonlight Howl & Run!

Chancellor’s First-Year Cookout

Monday, August 20 | 4:30pm-6:00am | Talley Student Union

mmediately following Convocation, join the Chancellor for a Cookout in Talley Student Union to celebrate the Class of 2022 and the start of the new year! Take a picture with the Chancellor and Mr. and Mrs. Wuf while enjoying free food, music, lawn games with other new students. Don’t miss the Class of 2022 class picture on Stafford Commons!


Campus Connections

Tuesday, August 21 | 10:00am-1:00pm | Talley Student Union

See all that your college experience has to offer. Learn about ways to connect with a variety of student organizations, academic programs, and campus services. Don’t forget to talk with student organization leaders and meet faculty and staff that can help you navigate the journey! This event is sponsored by Student Involvement and drew over 5,000 students in 2016.

College Connections

Tuesday, August 21 (Check the WWW schedule for time and locations)

This is your opportunity to continue building relationships with the students, faculty, and staff within your college! As your new academic home, you’ll want to begin making connections early, so come out to your College Connections and help NC State start to feel like home.