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Welcome Weekend

August 30 – September 2, 2018

Open to incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Kick off the new academic year right at Welcome Weekend! From unique programming and special events to fun activities, Welcome Weekend is filled with experiences that will allow you to make memories to last a lifetime. During Welcome Weekend, which is hosted by the Office of Campus Life and Leadership, the action happens both on campus and in the city of Boston, with special excursions and activities in America’s College Town. 

You will also attend sessions that cover a variety of topics to help you transition to live at college, including how to get involved on campus, safety in the city, and University policies. Not to mention, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make friends and new connections with your classmates.

Detailed information about events, dates, and costs can be found below. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, August 8 at 9 p.m. through Thursday, August 30 at 4 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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Learn more about Welcome Weekend events. 

Major Events

Thursday, August 30, 2018

  • Hypnotist (Reed Hall at 8:00 p.m.) Free

Friday, August 31, 2018

  • Carnival with Residence Life (3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Free

Saturday, September 1, 2018

  • Boda Borg (11:00 a.m.) $15
  • Spirit of Boston Harbor Cruise (5:45 p.m.) $25

Sunday, September 2, 2018

  • Six Flags New England (8:30 a.m.) $25
  • Codzilla (11:00 a.m) $20
  • New England Aquarium (11:30 a.m.) $15
  • Boston Duck Tours (12:00 p.m.) $20

Mini Trips and Walking Tours

Saturday September 1, 2018

  • Assembly Row Shopping Trip (11:30 a.m.) $5
  • Cambridge Side Galleria Shopping Trip (11:30 a.m.) $5
  • Faneuil Hall (11:30 a.m.) $5
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Walking Tour (11:30 a.m.) Free

Sunday September 2, 2018

  • SoWa Open Market Walking Tour (11:30 a.m.) $5
  • Museum of Fine Arts Walking Tour (11:30 a.m.) Free

Major Events

Hypnotist
Thursday, 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. Steve Marino is a hypnotist who has performed on national television as well as in Las Vegas and Aruba. His shows are hilarious, entertaining, tasteful, and volunteer-based! The event will be held in Reed Hall at 8 p.m. 

Carnival
Friday, September 1 at 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Cost: Free
Join your fellow students at Evans Way Park for our Carnival, which features a balloon artist, carnival booth games, food, and a special appearance from Red the Cardinal!

Boda Borg
Saturday, September 1 at 11 a.m. Cost: $15
Guests are transported into a real-world gaming environment—an experience we call Questing. Teams of 3-5 guests literally move through our Quests tackling a variety of mental and physical challenges. Success in the first challenge means entry into the next challenge and so on. Failure in any challenge means starting over or selecting another Quest.  No video games, no virtual reality, no special clothing or equipment—real people, real Questing, real adrenaline and heart-pumping excitement. Students will meet in the Atrium at 11:00 a.m. and the bus will leave promptly at 11:15 a.m. Students will Quest from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. and will leave for MCPHS University immediately after. Bus transportation is mandatory. 

Spirit of Boston Harbor Cruise
Saturday, September 1 at 5:45 p.m. Cost: $25
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 5:45 p.m. at the MCPHS University campus.  All buses for the Spirit of Boston will leave promptly at 6:00 p.m. from 101 Palace Road. The cruise will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. Students will then be brought back to campus by bus. Bus transportation is mandatory.

Six Flags New England
Sunday, September 2 at 8:30 a.m. Cost: $25
More Flags, More Fun! Spend your Sunday riding roller coasters and exploring all Six Flags New England has to offer! Students will meet in the Atrium at 8:30 a.m. and depart promptly at 9 a.m. on the buses to Six Flags. Buses will depart Six Flags at 9 p.m. to return to the University. This ticket includes admission into the park as well as transportation to and from Six Flags. Please note if you choose this activity you are not able to choose one of the other Sunday activities.


Codzilla
Sunday, September 2 at 11:00 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 11:15 a.m. for a Codzilla sail time of 12 p.m. This ticket includes an MBTA Daily T-Pass for Sunday only.

New England Aquarium
Sunday, September 2 at 11:30 a.m. Cost: $15
Check out the New England Aquarium for a fun filled afternoon with the peguins, stingrays, and other sea life! This ticket includes an MBTA Daily T-Pass for Sunday only.

Duck Tours
Sunday, September 2 at 12 p.m. Cost: $20
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. Students will meet in the Atrium at 12:00 p.m. and will be boarding the Boston Duck at Louis Pasteur Avenue. Duck Boats will drop off at the Prudential Center, where you can explore Boston.

Mini Trips and Walking Tours

Assembly Row Shopping Trip
Saturday, September 2 at 11:30 a.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. 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.

Cambridge Side Galleria
Saturday, September 2 at 11:30 a.m. Cost: $5
CambridgeSide is an urban shopping center with over 120 stores and restaurants located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Tours will leave from the Atrium at 11:30 a.m. This ticket includes an MBTA Daily T-Pass for Saturday only.

Faneuil Hall Walking Tour
Saturday, September 2 at 11:30 a.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 11:30 a.m. This ticket includes a MBTA Daily T-Pass for Saturday only.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 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. Tours will leave from the Atrium at 11:30 a.m. Admission to the museum is free with your MCPHS Student ID, please remember to bring your ID with you on the walking tour.

SoWa Open Market Walking Tour
Sunday, September 2 at 11: 30 a.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 11:30 a.m. This ticket includes an MBTA Daily T-Pass for Sunday only.

Museum of Fine Arts Walking Tour
Sunday, September 2 at 11:30 a.m. Cost: Free
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 11:30 a.m. Admission to the museum is free with your MCPHS Student ID, please remember to bring your ID with you on the walking tour.

When can I purchase tickets for Welcome Weekend events?

Ticket sales for Welcome Weekend begins on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 9 p.m. and will end on August 30, 2018 at 4 p.m.  Tickets are first come, first serve.

Is there a limit on tickets?

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 MCPHS-Boston events 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 MCPHS-Boston events only. This is a reminder that Welcome Weekend 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 Weekend must sign a MCPHS University waiver. Waivers will be available for students from group leaders of each individual trip.

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

Contact us at Orientation@mcphs.edu or 617.732.2064 if you have any questions about Welcome Weekend!  Or visit our office in WB02, Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

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