The Central College campus will be full of activity on Saturday, as around 400 first-year and transfer students will move into the dormitories. The move-in day is the start of “Welcome Week” at Central College, and features a small army of volunteers that help new students move in. Carol Williamson, Vice President of Enrollment at Central says incoming students and parents are often amazed by the help they receive on move-in day.
“It is one of the signature things, and I know that families love it,” says Williamson. “They come, they park and they probably don’t carry anything up to their room except their keys. It’s an exciting day.”
Williamson says the morning and early afternoon is spent helping new students move in, but says more orientation and social activities continue after that.
“At about 3:00, there’s a sundae and root beer float session in the middle of campus for families to say goodbye, and then we really turn the class over to the campus,” adds Williamson. “I turn it over to President Mark Putnam at 4:00, and then he welcomes the students and then they are familiarized with the entire campus and the offerings we have through smaller group activities.”
Saturday’s move-in day at Central will also close down Broadway Street near the campus to allow vehicles to unload.