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Welcome Week is a series of programs and events designed to help you kick off a successful and fun year. During Welcome Week, you have the opportunity to connect with other incoming students and make new friends. Immerse yourself in fun on-campus activities, and take advantage of opportunities to explore the city of Boston.

At Welcome Week, you will also attend sessions that cover a variety of topics, including how to get involved on campus, safety in the city, and university policies.

Welcome Week 2017 runs from Wednesday, August 30 to Monday, September 4.

Detailed information about events, dates, and costs can be found below. Tickets are on sale now through Tuesday, August 29 at 10 p.m. Unfortunately, due to limited amount of tickets, each student will only be allowed to purchase tickets to one major event each day and one mini trip/walking tour each day.

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MAJOR EVENTS

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

  • Hypnotist (Stoklosa Hall at 8:00pm) Free*

Friday, September 1, 2017

  • Boat Cruise (7:00pm) $20*
  • Shear Madness Show (8:00pm) $15*

Saturday, September 2, 2017

  • Codzilla (1:00pm) $15*
  • Canobie Lake Park (5:00pm) $15*

Sunday, September 3, 2017

  • Dave and Buster’s (12:30pm) $15*
  • Improv Boston (8:00pm) $15*

Monday, September 4, 2017

  • Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays Game (7:10pm) $15*

 

MINI TRIPS AND WALKING TOURS

Friday September 1, 2017

  • Swan Boats & Boston Common Walking Tour (11:00am) $5*
  • Haymarket Farmers Market/North End Walking Tour (12:00pm) $5*
  • Copley Square Walking Tour (12:00pm) $5*

Saturday September 2, 2017

  • Assembly Row Shopping Trip (12:45pm & 1:30pm) $5
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Museum of Fine Arts Walking Tour (1:00pm) Free*
  • Coolidge Corner Walking Tour (3:45pm) Free*

Sunday September 3, 2017

  • SoWa Open Market Walking Tour (12:00pm) $5*
  • Faneuil Hall Walking Tour (1:00pm) $5*
  • Harvard Square Walking Tour (1:00pm) $5*

MAJOR EVENTS

Hypnotist
Wednesday, August 30 at 8 p.m. Cost: Free
Come and enjoy a night filled with laughter and watching your peers get hypnotized right before your eyes. Hypno Lorenzo is a hypnotist who has been performing for over 20 years. As a dual comedian and hypnotist, his shows are hilarious, entertaining, tasteful- and volunteer-based! The event will be held in Stoklosa Hall at 8 p.m. 

Boat Cruise
Friday, September 1 at 5 p.m. Cost: $20
Join us for this fun filled night on the Boston Harbor.  The Spirit of Boston is said to be one of the most enjoyable ways to see the city of Boston, with a combination of dancing, dining and entertainment. All students attending will begin boarding the buses at 4:45 p.m. at the MCPHS University campus.  All buses for the Spirit of Boston will leave promptly at 5:15 p.m. from 101 Palace Road. The cruise will begin at 7 p.m., with boarding beginning at 6 p.m., and end at 10 p.m. Students will then be brought back to campus by bus. Bus transportation is MANDATORY.

Shear Madness
Friday, September 1 at 7 p.m. Cost: $15
Shear Madness is one of the most popular entertainments in the world, delighting audiences night after night with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery. This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. Students will meet in the Atrium at 6:45 p.m. and depart at 7 p.m. for the show at 8 p.m. This ticket includes an MBTA Daily T-Pass for Friday only. 

Codzilla
Saturday, September 2 at 11:30 a.m. Cost: $15
Get ready for more thrills, more laughs and more speed than you ever imagined as you zip across the Boston Harbor at up to 40 miles per hour. Don't worry, though; a ride on Codzilla is as entertaining as it is thrilling. The wind roars. The music blare, and the waves will splash during a wet and wild 40-minute ride of full blast, sensational fun. Students will depart from the Atrium at 11:45 a.m. for a Codzilla sail time of 1 p.m. This ticket includes an MBTA Daily T-Pass for Saturday only. 

Canobie Lake Park
Saturday, September 2 at 4 p.m. Cost: $15
Students will meet in the Atrium at 3:45 p.m. and depart at 4 p.m. on the buses to Canobie Lake Park. Buses will depart Canobie Lake at 10 p.m. to return to the University. This ticket includes admission into the park as well as transportation to and from Canobie Lake Park. Canobie Lake Park is an amusement park in Salem, New Hampshire. Originally opening as a trolley park on the shore of Canobie Lake on 1902. With rollercoasters, log flumes, and much more, you’re sure to have a blast at this family owned New England treasure.

Dave and Busters
Sunday, September 3 at 12 p.m. Cost: $15
Dave & Buster's is an American restaurant and entertainment fun house, each Dave and Busters has a full-service restaurant and a video arcade. With an array of video and arcade games available, trade in those wins and tickets for some awesome prizes. Students will board buses at 11:45 a.m. and depart MCPHS University at 12 p.m. for Dave and Buster’s for arrival by 12:30 p.m. Buses will depart Dave and Buster’s at 2:45 p.m. for an arrival back to campus at 3:15 p.m. This ticket includes a $15 power play card, and an unlimited fajita/taco buffet. 

Improv Boston
Sunday, September 3 at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $15
Hailed by the Boston Globe as "Comedy Masters". For over 30 years, ImprovBoston has been New England's leading theater and school dedicated to the art of comedy in all its forms. Students will meet in the Atrium at 6:15 p.m. for a 6:30 p.m. departure to Central Square in Cambridge, MA. This ticket includes an MBTA Daily T-Pass for Sunday only. 

Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Monday, September 4 at 6 p.m. Cost: $15
See the American past time in the oldest and one of the most historical ballparks in the country, you are able to watch the game while enjoying a legendary ballpark frank! Students will meet in the Atrium lobby at 6 p.m. and walk to Fenway Park for the 7:10 p.m. game. Ticket includes admission to the Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays Game! 

MINI TRIPS AND WALKING TOURS

Swan Boats & Downtown Walking Tour
Friday, September 1 at 11 a.m. Cost: $5
The Swan Boats are a fleet of dual-pontooned pleasure boats, which operate in a pond in the Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Swan Boats have been in operation since 1877, and have since become a cultural icon for the city. This tour includes a trip to Downtown Crossing, which is the retail-shopping district in Boston. Home to Primark, a clothing store that is a favorite of our students, as well as Macy's and a variety of smaller stores and restaurants. Tours will leave from the Atrium at 11 a.m. This pass includes an MBTA Daily T-Pass for Friday only.

Haymarket Farmers Market/North End Walking Tour
Friday, September 1 at 12 p.m. Cost: $5
The North End is a walkable waterside neighborhood packed with Italian cafes and restaurants, including famous rival bakeries, Mike's Pastry and Modern Pastry. Haymarket, Boston's centuries-old outdoor market, offers you the best deals in the city on a huge selection fresh produce. Haymarket and the small brick-and-mortar food shops lining Blackstone Avenue form a vibrant market district along with Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Boston Public Market. Tours will leave from the Atrium at 12 p.m. This ticket includes an MBTA Daily T-Pass for Friday only.

Copley Square Walking Tour
Friday, September 1 at 12 p.m. Cost: $5
The square is bordered on one side by the Boston Public Library, which MCPHS students can use free of charge. Within walking distance of the square are the Prudential Center and Newbury Street, both popular shopping destinations. Tours will leave from the Atrium at 12 p.m. This ticket includes an MBTA Daily T-Pass for Friday only. 

Assembly Row Shopping Trip
Saturday, September 2 at 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Cost: $5 
If you love shopping, great restaurants, movie theaters and farmers' markets, then Assembly Row is the place for you! With world-renowned brand names, vast dining experiences, unique entertainment offerings and space for work, living and relaxing, this ever-evolving neighborhood along the Mystic River is worth exploring anytime, any day, all year round. http://www.assemblyrow.com/ for a full list of shops and dining options. Students will meet in the Atrium and take the MBTA to Assembly Row. Trips will meeting at 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. This trip requires you to bring your own money if you wish to purchase anything. Included in the price is a full day MBTA pass.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and MFA Walking Tour
Saturday, September 2 at 1 p.m. Cost: Free
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum hosts exhibitions of historic and contemporary art, as well as concerts, lectures, family and community programs, and changing courtyard displays. The MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 500,000 works of art. Welcoming more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs. Tours will leave from the Atrium at 1p.m. Admission to each museum is free with your MCPHS Student ID, please remember to bring your ID with you on the walking tour.

Coolidge Corner Walking Tour
Saturday, September 2 at 3:45 p.m. Cost: Free
Coolidge Corner is a vibrant neighborhood just off the C line on the MBTA. The neighborhood boasts a wide variety of restaurants and cafes, a bookstore famous for its massive selection of used books, a movie theater and several small shops, from a candy store to a used game store to a toy shop. Tours will leave from the Atrium at 3:45 p.m.

SoWa Open Market Walking Tour
Sunday, September 3 at 12 p.m. Cost: $5
All Fresh. All Local. All Good. SoWa Boston is not your typical big city retail destination.  We have no mega-malls packed with name brands; no big corporate sponsors; and no cookie-cutter department stores. We have something much better - a community of artisans, makers and entrepreneurs that believe in crafting quality, one-of-a-kind products and letting their creativity shine. Tours will leave from the Atrium at 12 p.m. This ticket includes an MBTA Daily T-Pass for Sunday only.

Faneuil Hall Walking Tour
Sunday, September 3 at 1 p.m. Cost: $5
Steps away from the waterfront, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is alive today as it was in 1742. Customers enjoy unique, locally loved, and nationally recognized shops while indulging in the worldwide cuisine at our restaurants, pubs, and in the world-famous Quincy Market Colonnade. The cobblestone promenades are filled with the music and jaw-dropping routines of world-renowned street performers and musicians. Tours will leave from the Atrium at 1 p.m. This ticket includes a MBTA Daily T-Pass for Sunday only.

Harvard Square Walking Tour
Sunday, September 3 at 1 p.m. Cost: $5
Each year, over 8 million visit Harvard Square. Visitors come for a variety of reasons; this is a place of history, of books, of ideas, and of learning. It is a place of bookstores and coffee houses, of fine dining and eclectic shopping. It is a place of folk music and old theaters, of Cuban ballet and world-class music, of street-performers and award-winning pizza, of public discourse, and public art.T ours will leave from the Atrium at 1 p.m. This ticket includes an MBTA Daily T-Pass for Sunday only.

When can I purchase tickets for Welcome Week events?

Ticket sales for Welcome Week begins on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 10 p.m. and will end on August 29, 2017 at 10 p.m.  Tickets are first come, first serve.

Is there a limit on tickets?

Unfortunately, due to the limited amount of tickets, each student will only be allowed to purchase tickets to one major event each day and one mini trip/walking tour each day. Please note: Students who purchase more than one major event ticket and one mini trip/walking tour ticket for each individual day will be disqualified from attending any Welcome Week events.

Due to time constraints, students will not be able to attend some of the activities on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as they are scheduled for the same time. Please plan accordingly.

Any Walking Tour, in which less than 10 tickets are sold will be canceled.

Can I receive a refund?

There are no refunds once you purchase a ticket unless the event is canceled by the Center for Campus Life. No outside guests allowed as these are MCPHS-Boston events only.This is a reminder that Welcome Week is an MCPHS University hosted event; as such, the Code of Conduct does apply. MCPHS University expects its students to act in a mature and responsible manner.

Please note, should tickets remain we will allow students the opportunity to purchase additional event tickets.

Do I need to sign a waiver?

Students who are planning on attending any off-campus trips during Welcome Week must sign a MCPHS University waiver. Waivers will be available for students from group leaders of each individual trip.

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