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Gannon Welcome Week

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    Welcome Week is an extended orientation designed to help you settle into campus, build connections with the Gannon community, find opportunities that match your interests, and develop a sense of belonging on Gannon's campus before classes start.

    Welcome Week starts on Friday, August 19, 2022, and concludes on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.

    Welcome Week is aimed to be common yet customizable, letting you choose your own adventure throughout the week. We do this through our First Year Team (FYT) program. FYT is an immersive program designed to introduce first-year students to the university through their personal interests. Students choose an interest theme and spend time learning about Gannon and engaging in activities with a small group of peers based on that theme.

    Each FYT group is led by a Transition Guide, one of our trained student leaders. These Transition Guides are your personal guide to what it means to be a Gannon Golden Knight. They serve as mentors who have been through this before and can help you build connections and Find Your FYT at Gannon. They will also serve as your Gannon 101 peer facilitator throughout your fall semester. 

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    FYT Interest Groups

    Which team will you choose?

    • Healthy Lifestyle: Participate in activities that keep you active and focused on your wellness and fueling your body including meditation and hiking
    • Animal Lovers: Volunteer at an animal shelter and visit the Erie Zoo
    • Bookworms: Visit a local bookstore and have a Q&A with local authors
    • Coffee Beans: Tour your way through Erie's best coffee spots and meet with local coffee shops
    • DIY Crafts: Take a pottery class and create your own projects
    • Explore Erie: Sightseeing, learning about the city, and realizing everything Erie has to offer
    • Foodies: Participate in food demonstrations and enjoy local restaurants around Erie
    • Mindfulness in Nature: Find your inner peace through yoga and an outdoor photography lesson
    • Musicians: Showcase your talent by jamming out with other students
    • Outdoor Adventure: Take on all that Erie has to offer kayaking and participating in an aerial ropes course 

    Register for your FYT group when you register for your Orientation session!

    As a reminder, Gannon Welcome Week is mandatory for all incoming students including commuters, global students, and student-athletes. All incoming students are required to be present from Friday, August 19 through Tuesday, August 23. Classes begin on Wednesday, August 24.

    Please contact the Leadership Development & Campus Engagement (LDCE) office with any questions and/or concerns at or (814) 871-7138.