Now that’s what we call a #BigEWelcome!

Thousands of first-year students and their families flooded EKU for the annual Big E Welcome, a 5-day event that introduced them to campus life through social events, traditions, learning sessions and more.

This year’s Big E Welcome began on Wednesday, Aug. 16. After moving into residence halls, students were invited to Traditions Night, which started with a pep rally at Alumni Coliseum. After the rally, they headed to Roy Kidd Football Stadium, where student athletes and leaders taught them EKU traditions like the anthem, chants and more. The students took to the field, showing off their spirit for the Big E Photo.

On Thursday morning, students met at the steps of the Keen Johnson Building in front of the iconic statue of Daniel Boone. Following a brief address by University President Michael Benson, the students paraded down Lancaster Avenue before crossing Turner Gate, a symbolic start to their college career.

Ice-breaker session, movies and events continued throughout the next three days, but it wasn’t all fun and games. Students also learned everything they needed to know about student success. They attended contemporary learning sessions on important topics such as alcohol use and preventing sexual assault. And they met professors, student leaders and peers while laying out plans and goals for their personal success. 

The event wrapped up Aug. 20 with a new student convocation and picnic, followed by the Meijer Mania event.

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EKU students gather at Turner Gate
students move into new Martin hall
Students in the Ravine during Big E Welcome week
Students in the Ravine during Big E Welcome week
Cheerleaders in Alumni Coliseum during Traditions night
Students explore outdoor activities during Big E Welcome week
Students gather at Keen Johnson for Welcome Walk
Students take selfie with EKU president at Turner Gate
Faculty and staff greet students at Turner Gate during Welcome Walk
Students meet with Colonel Crew leader during Big E Welcome
Students in the classroom during Big E Welcome
Students in the classroom during Big E Welcome
Students in the classroom during Big E Welcome
Students in the bookstore during Big E Welcome week
Students meet with Colonel Crew leader during Big E Welcome
Students gather on football field for Playfair
Students gather on football field for Playfair
Students gather on football field for traditions night
Students gather on football field for Playfair
President's Welcome Picnic
Students at the President's Picnic
Students going to the President's Picnic
EKU Class of 2021 on Football Field

Published on August 21, 2017

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