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This Event is Mandatory for First Year Students.

Opening Weekend officially kicks off as the Class of 2023 gathers in the Patrick Gym where Stacey Miller and First Year Experience kick off the weekend with conversation about what it means to be a Catamount, a part of the UVM community – and how together ‘We are UVM’.


UVM’s Opening Weekend is a weekend designed just for incoming UVM students to help them connect with their peers, learn the ropes at UVM, and helps students acclimate to their new environment at college.  Opening Weekend begins with Friday’s First Year Move-In, and concludes with Twilight Induction.


UVM’s Week of Welcome begins the moment Opening Weekend ends, kicking off  a week long welcome celebration for all class years at UVM.  Mingle with your new friends or meet some new faces. Check out a Baseball game, go paintballing, or laugh it up at our annual comedy show – there’s loads to do as you navigate what life at UVM looks like for you.