Welcome Week

August 15-18, 2024

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 family 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.

Note: Programming for parents and families will begin Friday, August 16 and conclude at noon on Saturday, August 17. Detailed schedule coming soon!

Schedule of Events

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sailfish Start & Move-In

Get settled into your new home-away-from-home! Be sure to
stop by the Sailfish Start tent outside your hall to check-in.
Students will receive an email from Residence Life by early July
to sign up for a specific move-in timeslot.
Residence Halls

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Onboarding

Gather essentials (like your PBA ID card), chat with Financial
Aid, finalize your student account and billing, enjoy a photo opp
with your family, and more!
Warren Library

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own

Students may use their meal plan. Meals for family members
are available for purchase.
Campus Dining

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Dinner on Your Own

Students may use their meal plan. Meals for family members
are available for purchase.
Campus Dining

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Movie Night

Come meet your fellow new Sailfish as we enjoy a chill night
under the stars with a movie and delicious snacks.
Baxter Green

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sailfish Start & Move-In

Get settled into your new home-away-from-home! Be sure to
stop by the Sailfish Start tent outside your hall to check-in.
Students will receive an email from Residence Life by early July
to sign up for a specific move-in timeslot.
Residence Halls

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Onboarding

Gather essentials (like your PBA ID card), chat with Financial
Aid, finalize your student account and billing, enjoy a photo opp
with your family, and more!
Warren Library

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own

Students may use their meal plan. Meals for family members
are available for purchase.
Campus Dining

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
International Student Orientation

International students: Meet with the International Student
Services team to walk through important information regarding
visas, acclimating to PBA, and more.
Family members are welcome to join!
Borbe 206

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Varsity Athlete Family Meeting

Family members of incoming varsity athletes are invited to a
session with members of the Sailfish Athletics staff.
MacArthur 1291-
1292

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Honors Orientation

Students entering the Supper Honors Program are invited to
connect with Dr. Tom St. Antoine, the program’s director.
Family members are welcome to join!
Weyenberg Center

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Donuts with Your Dean

Meet fellow students and professors from your major and
enjoy delicious donuts from a local favorite: The Salty Donut!
Assigned Classrooms

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Commuter Connect & Onboarding

Incoming commuters: We want you to get connected to the
PBA community. Stop by to check-in, gather PBA essentials, and
receive a free Chick-fil-A meal on us!
Greene Complex Portico

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Dinner on Your Own

Students may use their meal plan. Meals for family members
are available for purchase.
Campus Dining Locations

7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Find Your Fish Group

Meet your Fish Group on the Baxter Green and pose together
for a photo with your fish group before making your way as a
group to the Opening Rally.
Baxter Green

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Welcome Program & Opening Rally

A high-energy rally to kick-off the Welcome Week festivities.
Hear from our President, meet the Steering Committee, and
more!
Rubin Arena

8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
President’s Dessert Social (Families)

Families will be dismissed during the Opening Rally
Family members: Enjoy Florida treats like Key Lime
Pie as you mingle with members of the Parents Council and the
President’s Cabinet.
Warren Library

8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Block Party

Come on out to your first social event of the year to meet other
students and various members of the PBA community. There
will be food and lots of fun!
Baxter Green

8 – 9 a.m.
Breakfast with Your Fish Group

Students may use their meal plan. Meals for family members
are available for purchase.
Campus Dining Locations

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Understanding Life at PBA (Families & Students together)

Get oriented to life as a PBA student and find out all that’s in
store for you as members of the Sailfish family.
Rubin Arena

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Workship

Let’s serve together!
Take part in your first Workship project and a time of worship
together.
Students receive Workship credit.
Rubin Arena;
various breakout rooms

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Becoming PBA Parents & Time of Prayer (Families)

*Final event for parents & families
Join fellow parents as you hear from campus leaders and take
part in a special time of prayer over your students.
DeSantis Family Chapel

12 pm – 1:30 p.m.
Family Goodbye Lunch / Lunch with Your Fish Group
Time for families and students to say farewell over lunch
together or eat with your fish group using your meal plan.
Campus Dining Locations & Recommended Off Campus Locations

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Fish Group Excursion

Explore iconic West Palm Beach favorites with your Fish Group.
Various Locations

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Dinner with Your Fish Group

Come eat with your fish group!
Students may use their meal plan.
Campus Dining Locations

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
RAC-reation

Gather outside the Warren Library to ride the buses out to the
Rinker Athletic Campus, where we’ll enjoy a giant volleyball
competition and refreshing treats.
Meet outside the Warren Library; ride buses to Rinker Athletic Campus together

10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship

Come worship together with fellow students and hear a
message from our Spiritual Development team.
Students receive chapel credit.
Rubin Arena

11:15 a.m. 1 p.m.
Brunch with Your Fish Group

Come eat with your fish group!
Students may use their meal plan.
Fraser Dining Hall

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Footwashing Tradition

Welcome Week ends with this special PBA tradition. Come hear
from our campus pastor and join us for this unique time of worship
Rubin Arena

PBA students participating in a Welcome Week rally.

Student Activities

PBA students participating in a Welcome Week rally. 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.

 

A mother and father hug their son as they drop him off at Palm Beach Atlantic University during Welcome Week.

Family Activities & Events

A mother and father hug their son as they drop him off at Palm Beach Atlantic University during Welcome Week. Welcome Week is just as much about welcoming families of first-year students into the PBA family as the students themselves. Families 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 Family Welcome Area in the Warren Library during Move-in days!

 

 

 

Have Questions?

For more information about Welcome Week, please contact the Steering Committee: PbaStudents@pba.edu.

For more information about Move-In, please contact the Reslife office: Reslife@pba.edu – (561) 803-2555

The Steering Committee

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

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