Welcome Week

Welcome Week

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Welcome Week 2022

Aug. 17-21
Student Welcome Week Activities
Aug. 17-19
Parent Programming Activities

Move-In Dates

Aug. 17-18 New Student Move-In
Aug. 19-21 All Student Move-In

View the Academic Calendar for details on holidays and other important dates. 


What is Welcome Week?

Welcome Week has an energy all its own, and it will mark the beginning of your journey as a PBA student. During this week-long event, you’ll take part in all kinds of activities and events, meet fellow students, begin fostering relationships with faculty and have a lot of fun while your parents enjoy their own Welcome Week Programming. Welcome Week begins with check-in where students are assigned to a “fish” group which is comprised of other first-year students and two upperclassmen who serve as your group’s Fish Leaders. This is the group you’ll be with all week, taking part in fun activities, athletic events and social gatherings. 


Welcome Week ActivitiesStudent Activities & Events

Throughout Welcome Week you’ll take part in all kinds of different activities:

  • Athletic events and group activities will help you make new friends and discover the resources around you at PBA.
  • Social gatherings, from Fish Group activities, to social media challenges, to a scavenger hunt around West Palm Beach, will form the foundation of your Sailfish Spirit that will last for life.
  • Meetings with faculty will introduce you to the amazing, accomplished Christian scholars who will mentor and guide you.
  • The Footwashing Experience will be an opportunity to feel the power and love of God’s teachings and sense the quality of our Christian academic experience.


Welcome WeekParent Activities & Events

Welcome Week is just as much about welcoming parents of first-year students into the PBA family as the students themselves. Parents are invited to attend activities such as the Opening Rally, President’s Ice Cream Social, Concert of Prayer and How to Write the Next Chapter. Look for us at the Parent Welcome Area in the Warren Library during Move-in days!


Wednesday - August 17 

Time Activity Location
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.  Sailfish Start & Move in  (students and parentss) Residence Halls 
9 a.m.- 4 p.m.  Onboarding  Warren Library Rinker Hall 130777Rinker Hall 13077 7777
5 -7 p.m.  Dinner  Fraser Dining Hall 
7:30-9:30 p.m.  Monster Movie Night  Baxter Green

Thursday – August 18 

Time Activity Location
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.  Sailfish Start & Move in  Residence Halls 
9 a.m.- 4 p.m.  Onboarding Warren Library 
2-3 p.m.  Varsity Athlete Parent Meeting   MAC 1291 & 1292
4-6 p.m.  Commuter Connect & Onboarding  Greene Complex Portico 
5-6:30 p.m.  Dinner  Fraser Dining Hall 
6:30-7 p.m.  Class Photo  Baxter Green
7 -7:30 p.m.  Find your Fish Groups Baxter Green & Greene Complex Green Rinker Hall 1307 
7:30-8:30 p.m.  Opening Program & Rally (students and parents) Rubin Arena 
8-9:30 p.m.  Presidents Ice Cream Social (parents)  Fraser Dining Hall 
8:30-10 p.m.  Block Party  Intramural Field 

Friday – August 19 

Time Activity  Location
8-10 a.m. Breakfast  Fraser Dining Hall 
9-10 a.m. Honors Orientation  Weyenberg Center 
9-10 a.m. International Student Orientation   Borbé 206 
9-10 a.m.  Understanding Life at PBA (parents)  DeSantis Family Chapel 
10-11 a.m.  How to Write the Next Chapter (parents) (prents) DeSantis Family Chapel 
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.  Workship Rubin Arena, MacArthur Hall 1291/1292, Rinker Hall 1307 
11 a.m.- 12 p.m.  Concert of Prayer (parents)  DeSantis Family Chapel 
12–2 p.m.  Dine with your Dean  Assigned Classrooms 
2-3 p.m.
Celebration (students and parents) Rubin Arena
3-4:30 p.m.  Fish Group Time  Assigned Classrooms
4:30-5:45 p.m.  Dinner with Fish Group or Family Goodbyes  Various Locations
6-7 p.m.  Rally Rubin Arena 
7-10 p.m.  RAC-reation  Rinker Athletic Center
10-11 p.m.  Fry-Day Night Bite  Fraser Dining Hall 

Saturday – August 20 

Time Activity  Location
8-10 a.m. Breakfast with Fish Group  Fraser Dining Hall 
10-11 a.m.  Life at PBA Orientation (parents)(parents)(paren Rubin Arena
12-2 p.m.  Lunch with Fish Groups  Fraser Dining Hall Rinker Hall 1307 Rinker Hall 1307  878
2-5 p.m.  Fish Group Time  Assigned Classrooms 
5-6 p.m.  Dinner with Fish Group  Fraser Dining Hall 
6:15-8 p.m.  Ready, Set, SAIL  Baxter Green
8:30-9:30 p.m.  Closing Rally & Lipsyncs  Rubin Arena 

Sunday – August 21 

Time Activity  Location
10-11:15 a.m.  Worship Rubin Arena 
11 a.m.-1 p.m. i Brunch with your Fish Group (parents) parent Fraser Dining Hall Rinker Hall 1307 Rinker Hall hall ii
2-4 p.m.  Footwashing Tradition  Rubin Arena 




The Steering Committee

Welcome Weekend is designed for new students starting in the winter semester. You’ll meet the Steering Committee, a student leader group that will guide you on your action-packed weekend.

Meet the Team

Let’s Get Social

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Have Questions? 

For more information about Welcome Week, please contact The Steering Committee:

For more information about Move-In, please contact the Reslife office:  Reslife@pba.edu