North Central College - Naperville, IL

Welcome Week Schedule

Welcome Week typically begins the Wednesday prior to the start of classes. This schedule is an example of what the first year students will experience. Stay tuned for Summer 2017 to learn more about Welcome Week 2017! Events are subject to change.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

8 a.m. - noon New Student Move-In

All Residence Halls

The Cardinal Move-In Crew—including campus leaders and members of our nationally ranked football team—will help youget settled in your residence hall room.

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Registration Confirmation and Parking Permits

Harold and Eva White Activities Center, Centennial Hall

Confirm that all paperwork and payments are up-to-date. Complete the parking permit application process and receive your parking permit.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Cardinal First Family Continental Breakfast

Wentz Concert Hall Lobby 

This welcome breakfast is for all incoming first-generation college students* and their parents. Students will meet several Cardinal First Ambassadors (upperclass first-generation students), faculty/staff who were first-generation college students and Julie Carballo, Director of First Generation Programs.  *first-generation student defined as neither parent having a four-year degree

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Welcome Picnic Lunch

Old Main Lawn (rain location Res/Rec)

You and your family are welcome to enjoy a picnic lunch with the campus community. If you choose to dine in downtown Naperville, we encourage you to take advantage of the special offers provided by local restaurants. You can find these special offers in your Welcome Week packet.

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Commuter Student Check-In and Open House

The Rolland Center Boilerhouse Cafe

Students living off campus will check in and receive all Welcome Week materials. Stay and meet the Commuter Student Services staff as well!

2:30 - 4 p.m. Opening Convocation

Pfeiffer Hall

Join in this traditional celebration with your family, where you are formally welcomed into the North Central academic community.

4 - 5 p.m. Boilerhouse Open House

Rolland Center Boilerhouse Cafe

Commuter Student Services welcomes our newest students. Come and meet our Commuter Assistants while enjoying light snacks and friendly conversation.

5 - 7 p.m. Opening Meetings and Dinner

Residence Halls, Harold and Eva White Activities Center, Kaufman Dining Hall and The Cage

Meet your respective Resident Assistant (RA) and Commuter Assistant (CA), learn about campus services and upcoming events. Resident Student meetings will be on their assigned floors, and Commuter Students will meet at the Meiley-Swallow Theatre. Resident Student dinner will be in Kaufman Dining Hall, and Commuter Students will eat dinner at The Cage. 

  Geiger Patterson Rall Seager Ward Commuters
5 - 6 p.m. Meeting Dinner Dinner Meeting Meeting Meeting
6 - 7 p.m. Dinner Meeting Meeting Dinner Dinner Dinner

7 - 7:45 p.m. Group Meetings

Various Locations

Join your First-Year Mentor and Resident Assistant or Commuter Assistant (CA), who will provide you with an overview of Welcome Week. You will also have a chance to get acquainted with other new students in your FYE section.

8 - 10 p.m. Torchlight Celebration

Pfeiffer Hall

A kickoff to a night of North Central College traditions, the Torchlight Parade dates back to 1912! Hear about the College motto Lux Veritas in a night dedicated to North Central College traditions and inspiring school spirit, including North Central’s fight song, Alma Mater, and more.

10 - 11 p.m. Bonfire

Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, South Lawn behind stadium

Enjoy a bonfire with fellow first-year students. Make your own s'mores! 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast with your Group

Kaufman Dining Hall & Cage

Meet with your group for breakfast. Your FYM will tell you a time and location to meet for breakfast.

9 - 11 a.m. First-Year Experience Class

Various locations

Don’t be late for your first North Central class!

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Be a Better Bystander

Pfeiffer Hall

As a North Central student, you are responsible for helping keep our campus and each other safe. Carin Silkaitis, assistant professor of theatre, empowers you to use bystander strategies and intoduces you to the Green Dot movement.

12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Lunch

Kaufman Dining Hall

Meet with your group or with friends for lunch. Check in with your FYM to find out where you should meet before “Solo Cup Culture.”

2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Erasing the Distance

Pfeiffer Hall

Erasing the Distance uses the power of performance to disarm stigma, spark dialogue, educate, and prmote healing surrounding issues of mental health. Founded in 2005, they have reached over 55,000 audience members.

4 - 6 p.m. Boho Hangout

Rolland Center Boilerhouse Cafe

Looking for a place to kill time with new friends? Check out student performers, play games and enjoy fondue!

4:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner

Kaufman Dining Hall

Enjoy dinner with your group or with friends.

7:30 - 11 p.m.  Casino Night

Wentz Concert Hall and Madden Theatre Lobbies

With $1,000 in prizes the odds are in your favor, you just have to join in the game. Fun favorites like Poker, Roulette, Craps, and Blackjack along with some free food: it’s sure to be a good night.

Friday, September 9, 2016

7:45 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast with your Group

Kaufman Dining Hall, Cage & Boilerhouse

Meet with your group for breakfast. Your FYM will tell you a time and location to meet for breakfast.

9 - 10:30 a.m. Theatre of the Oppressed

Pfeiffer Hall

Members of our theatre faculty lead all new students in an exploration of eliminating oppression. Short scenes will depict situations that could occur on our campus and the audience will work to find a solution.

10:45 - 11:45 a.m. FYE Class Part 2

Various Locations

Continue your class from yesterday.

12 - 2 p.m. Lunch

Kaufman Dining Hall

Meet with your group or with friends for lunch.

12 - 1 p.m. Nutritionist

Wentz Concert Hall and Lobby

Requirement for all first-year student athletes. Nutritionist Kate Davis MS, RD, CSSD, LDN will speak to the importance of a well-balanced diet and lifestyle during the transition into your first year of collegiate athletics.

2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Service Fair

Jefferson Commons

Members of the Naperville community will be on hand to share service opportunities within their agencies.  Plus, participate in hands-on service opportunities.

2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Scavenger Hunt

Meet in Jefferson Commons

Grab some friends to compete in a campus-wide scavenger hunt! Come anytime. Winners will be based on completion times.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Presidential Ice Cream Social

President's Lawn (409 E. Chicago Avenue)

Join Dr. Troy Hammon, president, and his wife, Sharlene, as they welcome you to North Central College!

5:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner

Kaufman Dining Hall

Enjoy dinner with your group or with friends.

7 - 8:30 p.m. The Union

129 W. Benton Avenue  

Free for Students
Enjoy a night of music at The Union; a venue for social change.  

9:00 - 11:30 pm Friday Night Program Film: "Zootopia"

Pfeiffer Hall

Join other students for the kick-off of Residence Life’s Friday Night Programs. The feature film presentation is "Zootopia". From the largest Elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately that means working wtih Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a wily fox who makes her job even harder.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

9:30 - 11 a.m. Service Experience: Into the Streets

Wentz Concert Hall Lobby

Join in this optional service experience right in our neighborhood. Sign up when you arrive for Welcome Week! Continental breakfast provided.

10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Brunch

Kaufman Dining Hall

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Football Fan Fest

Championship Plaza

Join in the games, food and music in Championship Plaza before the football game.

1 - 4 p.m. Football Game

Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium

Come cheer on the nationally ranked football team as it battles the Webber International University.

4:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner

White Activities Center, The Cage

8 - 9:30 p.m. CUAB Presents: Ebony Stewart and Eric O'Shea 

 Pfeiffer Hall

 The North Central Campus Union Activities Board (CUAB) Is excited to invite you to attend an evening of poetry, comedy and more hosted by slam poet Ebony Stewart and featuring the award winning comedian Eric O'Shea who is know for his "Songs for Commercials". 

10 - 11:30 p.m. Late-Night Rec Sports

Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium

Join your new classmates in intramural games under the stadium lights.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Pre-Worship Breakfast

Kiekhofer Hall Lobby

Meet staff members from the Office of Ministry and Service for an informal breakfast. You will hear about the opportunities for involvement from our office's student organization leaders (Catholic Cardinals, Focus, and United). After breakfast, transportation and walking groups will be provided to a number of local churches.

10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.


Kaufman Dining Hall

1 - 4 p.m. Rock the Plaza 

Jefferson Commons

Play a casual game of bags or spikeball; then eat some delicious walking tacos and relax.

1 - 4 p.m. Explore Downtown Naperville

Jefferson Plaza/Downtown Naperville

Visit the downtown Naperville shops and restaurants to get stamps on your passport. The more stamps you get, the better your chances of winning a downtown Naperville gift card. Pickup and return passports to the Block Party when you're finished.

1 - 11 p.m. (Shuttle leaves every hour on the hour) Afternoon shuttle service to Target, Westfield Fox Valley Mall, Jewel, All Saints Catholic Academy (Remote Parking Lot) and more

Wentz Concert Hall

Forgot something? Looking for a chance to get off campus? Check out the Shuttle schedule at

4:30 - 6 p.m. Dinner

Kaufman Dining Hall