Roo Welcome

Kick off your new semester with Roo Welcome! A chance to connect with new and returning Roos, Roo Welcome lets you explore campus resources, make new friends, learn about involvement opportunities, and get connected to your Roo community.

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Fall 2022 Roo Welcome

Friday, August 19 – Sunday, September 11

Welcome home new Roos, and welcome back returning Roos!

Roo Welcome unites new and returning students to celebrate UMKC's vibrant campus life, while also energizing them as they transition to the new semester ahead.

The schedule below highlights Fall Roo Welcome signature events, taking place the weekend before fall semester classes begin. More information will be posted throughout the summer and below events are subject to change.

Questions? Contact the Office of Student Involvement (OSI) at (816) 235-1407 or

Roo Welcome Full Schedule

Roo Welcome Weekend Schedule of Events

Roo Welcome takes place the first three weeks of the semester. This schedule below highlights Roo Welcome Weekend events, taking place August 19-21. All new students should plan to attend Convocation, and are strongly encouraged to attend events throughout the weekend.

For a full schedule of Roo Welcome events, visit our Roo Welcome RooGroups Schedule. We will continue to update events as we get closer to Roo Welcome.

Friday, August 19

  • Residential Life Floor Meetings: starting at 5:00 p.m.
  • Welcome Table
    • 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Student Union, Floor 2
    • Details: RooGroups Link
  • Off-Campus and Transfer Student Network Meet-Up
    • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Student Union, Jazzman's Cafe and Bakery
    • Details: RooGroups Link
  • Late Night with the Greeks

Saturday, August 20

  • Welcome Table
    • 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Student Union, Floor 2
    • Details: RooGroups Link
  • Saturday Rise and Shine Events: RooGroups Link
  • Convocation (all new students should plan to attend Convocation)
    • Doors Open at 12:30 p.m., the celebration starts at 1:00 p.m., Swinney Center
    • Details: Convocation is the official welcome to UMKC, where new students learn about UMKC traditions, meet KC Roo (our mascot), and practice our alma mater and fight song. New students also participate in the UMKC Roo pinning ceremony, one of our favorite UMKC traditions. All new students should plan to attend this event, and should wear their UMKC Convocation t-shirt to the event. Learn more on the Convocation RooGroups Event.
  • Welcome Block Party
  • Battle of Rockhill: UMKC Men's Soccer versus Rockhurst
  • Roo Welcome Hypnotist

Sunday, August 21

  • Welcome Table
    • 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Student Union, Floor 2
    • Details: RooGroups Link
  • Sunday Rise and Shine Events: RooGroups Link
  • Roadmap to Academic Success
  • End of Summer Bash: UMKC Women's Soccer versus University of Tulsa
  • Welcome Leader Meetups
  • Unionfest
  • Swinney Splash

Other Events

  • Campus Dining Center Special Meals: The UMKC Dining Center (located in the Atterbury Student Success Center, Floor 1) will be offering the following meals during Roo Welcome Weekend:
    • Friday, Aug. 19: breakfast, lunch, dinner
    • Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21: brunch and dinner
    • Non-meal plan students will receive a special $8 rate during this time. Meal plan students can continue to use their meal plan.
    • For the most updated Dining Center hours and locations, please visit the Dining Services website.
  • Parent and Family Lounges
    • Dates: August 17, August 18, August 19
    • 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Cherry Hall, Floor 4 Honors Program Lounge
    • Details: Will you boo-hoo or yahoo? Celebrate the start of your student’s school year with a sweet treat and some UMKC campus resources. Stop by our Parent and Family Lounge to share tears and cheers with other UMKC parents, families, and supporters, and meet faculty and staff dedicated to helping your student succeed. 
  • Library Hours the weekend before school:
    • Miller Nichols Library: Saturday, Aug. 20: closed; Sunday, Aug. 21, 1pm-10pm
    • Health Sciences Library: Saturday, Aug. 20: 11am-7pm; Sunday, Aug. 21, 11am-7pm 

Roo Welcome Full Schedule

Faculty, Staff, and Community Partners

We encourage UMKC faculty and staff, departments, offices, and community partners to get involved in our Roo Welcome programming. Help us welcome new and returning Roos to campus.

Learn how you can help