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Welcome Weekend

Calling all incoming freshmen and transfer students: Kick off the new academic year right at Welcome Weekend, which will be held on Friday, August 30, through Sunday, September 1. 

During Welcome Weekend, which is hosted by the Center for Campus Life, the action happens both on campus and in the city of Boston, with special excursions and activities in America’s College Town. From unique programming and special events to fun activities, Welcome Weekend is filled with experiences that will allow you to meet new people, enjoy the City of Boston, and make memories to last a lifetime.

Welcome Weekend tickets will be purchasable from August 5, 2019 at 10 p.m. through August 23, 2019 at 10 p.m. You will be able to purchase your Welcome Weekend tickets here.

Learn more about this year's Welcome Weekend events, such as event dates, times, and prices, by reading the drop-downs below.

Learn more about Welcome Weekend events. 

Events

Friday, August 30, 2019

  • Hypnotist (6:15 p.m.) Free

Saturday, August 31, 2019

  • Museum of Science (9 a.m.) $10
  • Isabella Stuart Gardener and Museum of Fine Arts Walking Tour (11 a.m.) Free
  • Murder Mystery Dinner (6 p.m.) $5

Sunday, September 1, 2019

  • Six Flags New England (8:30 a.m.) $25
  • Codzilla (12 p.m.) $20
  • Boston Duck Tours (12 p.m.) $20

Welcome Weekend tickets will be purchasable from August 5, 2019 at 10 p.m. through August 23, 2019 at 10 p.m. You will be able to purchase your Welcome Weekend tickets here.

Event Overviews

Hypnotist
Friday, August 30 | 6:15 p.m. in Reed Hall  | Free
Steve Marino is a hypnotist who has performed on national television as well as in Vegas and Aruba. His shows are hilarious, entertaining, tasteful- and volunteer-based!

Museum of Science
Saturday, August 31 | 9 a.m. in Atrium | $10
For over 180 years, the Museum of Science has evolved to meet the needs of society and has become one of Boston's leading cultural institutions in the process. Students will gather in the Atrium at 9:00 am, and travel to the museum via the MBTA green line.

Transportation to and from this event with staff is provided.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Museum of Fine Arts Walking Tour
Saturday, August 31 | 11 a.m. in Atrium | 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 Museum of Fine Arts 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.

Admission to Isabella Stewart Gardner and Museum of Fine Arts is free with your MCPHS Student ID, so please remember to bring this ID with you on the walking tour.

Murder Mystery Dinner
Saturday, August 31 | 6 p.m. in White Hall | $5
In a two-hour, interactive mystery event- someone will die in a comedic way, and you will have the opportunity to solve the crime as a team. We handle every aspect of your experience so you can relax and enjoy the evening.

This will be your chance to be in a real-life detective story where the true killer could be any one of the guests… or even you!

Six Flags New England
Sunday, September 1 | 8:30 a.m. in Atrium | $25

More Flags, More Fun! Spend your Sunday riding roller coasters and exploring all Six Flags New England has to offer! Please note if you choose this activity you are not able to choose one of the other Sunday activities.

Bus transportation is mandatory and will depart promptly at 9:00 a.m. Students will arrive to the park around 11:00 a.m. and will leave the park at 9:00 p.m.

Codzilla
Sunday, September 1 | 12 p.m. in Atrium | $20

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 blares, and the waves will splash during a wet and wild 40-minute ride of full blast, sensational fun.

Students will be taking public transportation and will leave promptly at 12:30 p.m. to board Codzilla at 1:15 p.m.

Boston Duck Tours
Sunday, September 1 | 12 p.m. in Atrium | $20

Students will be boarding the Boston Duck at Louis Pasteur Avenue. Duck Boats will drop off at the Prudential Center, where you can explore Boston.

You've never toured Boston in anything that comes close to Boston Duck Tours. Take a journey as you board your “DUCK”, a W.W. II style amphibious landing vehicle as you cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts and then splash into the Charles River for breathtaking views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.

Welcome Weekend tickets will be purchasable from August 5, 2019 at 10 p.m. through August 23, 2019 at 10 p.m. You will be able to purchase your Welcome Weekend tickets here.

When can I purchase tickets for Welcome Week events?

Welcome Weekend tickets will be purchasable from August 5, 2019 at 10 p.m. through August 23, 2019 at 10 p.m. You will be able to purchase your Welcome Weekend tickets here. Tickets are first come, first serve.  You must reserve and purchase your tickets to any of the events by either credit or debit card. All paid tickets have a service fee.

Is there a limit on tickets?

Please know that 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.

Please note, any walking tours in which less than 10 tickets are sold will be canceled. There are no refunds once you purchase a ticket. No outside guests allowed as these are for MCPHS-Boston students only.

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 for MCPHS-Boston students only. This is a reminder that Welcome Weekend is a 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 online via the Center for Campus Life Blackboard.

Who should I contact if I have any questions about Welcome Weekend?

Contact us at Orientation@mcphs.edu if you have any questions about Welcome Weekend!

Visit our office: WB02, Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or call us at 617.732.2876.