The week before fall classes begin is full of events and activities for your student and your whole family. From golfing at WSU’s Palouse Ridge Golf Course to summer concerts and academic success workshops, this is a week your student will not want to miss.  Book your hotel rooms now as lodging will be limited. Visit the Week of Welcome Website for a complete list of events in addition to those highlighted below.

Move-in Day is Wednesday, August 17th. As your student moves into their residence hall, current WSU students, staff, and faculty volunteers will come out to help them move in and welcome them to the Cougar Family. Please let us know when you will check in so we have enough volunteers at your son or daughter’s residence hall to assist you. On that same day, students can participate in a pep rally, Coug Class Picture and an Up All Night event. Up All Night experiences are active, fun-filled, happenings that are free to WSU students.

The Office of Multicultural Student Services (MSS) has been encouraging diversity at WSU for over 25 years!  The African American Student Center, Chicana/o Latina/o Student Center and Asian American Pacific Islander Student Center will be hosting open houses at the MSS Offices on the 4th floor of the CUB, August 17th at 3 p.m. The Native American Student Center open house is in Cleveland Hall 21B on August 17th at 3-5 p.m. You and your student may also want to enjoy a special treat, Las Memorias, a theatrical production telling the true stories of Latino and first generation students in Washington. Performances are on August 17th, 18th and 19th. Find out more at

MSS will also host CONEXION, a reception to welcome new multicultural students to campus, on Sunday, August 21st at 3 p.m. in the CUB Junior and Senior Ballrooms.

On Friday, August 19th you and your students are encouraged to attend the University Convocation, an official welcome for all new WSU students, their families and new faculty at WSU in Beasley Coliseum at 10 a.m.  Following the Convocation, join us for lunch at the All-Campus Picnic. The picnic is free to all students with a Cougar Card.

After the All-Campus Picnic, join the Pullman community for The National Lentil Festival, August 19-20.  Just a short walk from the center of campus, the street fair on August 19 begins at 5 p.m. On August 20th you are invited to watch the lentil parade, enjoy a pancake breakfast and much more!

Check out the Week of Welcome website for even more events.  There are so many activities you won’t be able to do them all!