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Scenes from Flagler's 2023 Move-In & Welcome Week

Sep 1, 2023

Last week, campus came to life again as we greeted three classes of returning students and 781 new faces to Flagler.

At the start of each academic year, Flagler College hosts Welcome Week- seven days of programming geared toward getting new students acclimated to campus and reenergizing returning students for the year to come. Starting with move-in and finishing with the traditional first-year Disney trip, Welcome Week is packed with tools to get students prepped for success and a line-up of activities to help them let loose with friends.  

Check out these highlights from an action-packed Move-In and Welcome Week: 


Aug. 18 & 19 | First year Move-In

Flagler was eager to welcome nearly 700 first-year students to the College’s incredible campus earlier this month. Students traveled from across the state and around the country to start their Flagler journey, bringing with them hopeful parents and excitement for the year ahead.  

'Welcome Home' Move-In sign in Rotunda

“It’s amazing getting to live in such a beautiful place, it feels completely surreal,” first-year Emily Neillands said. 


Move-In '23 | Student and family in Kenan lot


“Work hard, party hard, go to class,” first-year parent Susan Slattery said. “It’s a privilege to be here, and a lot of people can’t be here. So, take everything you have and use it. Utilize your tools.”   


Move-In '23 | Parents resting in Ponce East

“I’m excited for Welcome Week,” first-year McKenna Bailey said. “I saw there’s going to be a pool party, and I signed up for a movie night! I’m also excited to just walk around with my roommate because she’s only been here on campus once, so I’m going to show her around!”

Move-In '23 | Students doing laundry in Ponce East


Aug. 21 | A Tour of The St. Augustine Historical Society

Parents and incoming freshman were welcomed to learn about St. Augustine’s fascinating history on a historian-led tour of the St. Augustine Historical Society building and grounds. 

Welcome Week '23 | St. Augustine Historical Society Tour


Aug. 21 | Fitness Center Open House 

Campus recreation welcomed Saints to Flagler with an open house of the fitness center and group fitness space. Students could drop by to check out the space, learn about our programs, or even apply for a job.

Welcome Week '23 | Fitness Center Open House


Aug. 21 | Casino Night 

Students were welcomed to try their luck at Casino Night! The games included Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, and Texas Hold'Em. If students weren’t interested in trying their hand at cards, Student Engagement also hosted Karaoke.  

Welcome Week '23 | Casino Night


Aug. 22 | Student Employment Job Fair 

The Student Employment Job Fair was an opportunity for students to learn about on-campus employment opportunities and interview for campus jobs. The fair was an ideal setting for students to learn about the benefits of working on campus like flexible scheduling and an easy commute. 

Welcome Week '23 | Student Employment Job Fair


Aug. 22 | Convocation 

Convocation ceremonies are a long-standing tradition among collegiate institutions meant to mark students’ entrance into higher education and welcome them into their new academic communities. Flagler’s Fall 2023 Convocation ceremony featured a processional of faculty and administrators, multiple speakers, and performances by the College’s student choir.   


Aug. 23 | Bagels & Coffee with SGA 

Students could enjoy free bagels and coffee while meeting their peer leadership in Flagler’s Student Government Association. 

Welcome Week '23 | Bagels & Coffee with SGA


Aug. 24 | Involvement Fair 

Flagler’s West Lawn came to life with representation from the College’s wide selection of student organizations. First-year and returning students were invited to peruse the clubs and activities that appealed to them at this beginning-of-the-year tabling event.  

Welcome Week '23 | Involvement Fair


Aug. 25 | Open House at the Dock 

For students curious about the watersports Flagler has to offer, Campus Recreation hosted an open house of “the Dock” behind Abare Hall to show off the kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing options offered to students. 

Welcome Week '23 | Open House at 'The Dock'


Disney Trip 

This long-standing Flagler tradition gave first-year students a magical experience, taking Saints on a trip to Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.  

Welcome Week '23 | Disney Trip - students posing at ride

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