Key Events

A complete schedule of events will be posted in August prior to K Week; download the K Week mobile app or check out the online schedule of events as it is updated. Below you'll find our Key Events, the biggest gatherings of K Week! 

Since it is the second step of the orientation process to UK, all new students are expected to attend K Week and have the opportunity to customize their experience by creating a schedule that reflects their needs and interests. 

Be sure to bring your WildCard student ID and Event Pass from BBNvolved; attendance will be taken at many events. 

When you’re not attending K Week events, we encourage you to explore campus and Lexington, stop by UK Bookstore to pick up any textbooks and school supplies you might need, and connect with others living around you. This time prior to the first day of classes is meant to ease your transition to the UK community and help you feel more comfortable on our campus!

  

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Pick Your Path: 9 a.m.- 3:15 p.m.

Pick Your Path is a day set aside during K Week for you to spend time getting to know more about some of UK's wonderful campus resources. You get to decide what you want to learn more about. Pick up to four different paths throughout the day; you'll meet new people around campus, get free stuff, and learn more about UK. Check the K Week website in mid-August for information on all the paths available.

 

K Week Kick-off: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

It's the first night of K Week, and we're so excited to get things started and meet YOU! New students will gather to meet the others on their K Teams as well as their K Crew leader and learn more about what is going to be taking place during K Week. Grab an early dinner on your own before 6, and then students living in UK residence halls will meet their K Teams on their floors to get started. All new students living off campus will meet in the Gatton Student Center ballrooms to meet their K Teams. Don't be late because from there, your K Crew leader will show you around campus so you can more easily find your way (you'll pick up your free K Week shirt while you're out and about, too!). Your K Team will head to Campus Ruckus together. Attendance will be taken. K Team assignments will be posted in the UK Guides mobile app prior to K Week. Sponsored by K Week.

 

Campus Ruckus: 8 p.m. - 11:59 p.m., Kroger Field (enter through gate 1)

What better way to kick off the new school year than getting involved on campus? Join in at the SAB annual back-to-school bash, Campus Ruckus, featuring up to 200 current student organizations with a night full of free snacks, t-shirts, inflatables, and fireworks! Each organization will have a carnival game prepared to break the ice and share how to get involved. Sponsored by the Student Activities Board.

The Student Activities Board has made a rain call for this event and will be moving Campus Ruckus to the Kroger Field concourse. Students may enter through gate 1.

 

Friday, August 20, 2021

College Meetings: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

All new students are expected to attend their designated meeting; attendance will be taken and reported to the university for student success tracking purposes. Check the full K Week schedule in August for details for your college.

 

Wildcat Welcome Ceremony: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Kroger Field 

New undergraduate students will gather with their K Teams (check with your K Crew leader for designated meeting time and location) to head to Kroger Field together for the Wildcat Welcome Ceremony and a light dinner beforehand. Join President Eli Capilouto and other members of the university community to commemorate the start of a new school year. All new students are expected to attend this annual university celebration where they will be officially inducted into the UK family; attendance will be taken. Parents, families, and guests are encouraged to watch the live stream on YouTube at https://youtu.be/E3soqHefBhc. Sponsored by K Week.

 

Big Blue U: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Kroger Field  

Join the Big Blue Nation for one of K Week's best traditions. You'll learn UK cheers and songs, hear from UK coaches, and get your class photo taken on the football field! Be sure to wear your new K Week shirt to show your Wildcat pride and comfortable shoes. Sponsored by K Week and UK Athletics.

Download the class photo from Big Blue U 2021 here - no log-in or password required!

 

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Kentucky @ Kroger: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kroger on Euclid

Stock up on items for your room, soft drinks, snacks, school supplies, and anything else you might need to be at home at UK. You'll be able to buy all this and more while enjoying free food, cool activities, and prizes! Sponsored by Kroger, the official grocery partner of move-in.

 

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Kentucky @ Kroger: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kroger on Euclid

Stock up on items for your room, soft drinks, snacks, school supplies, and anything else you might need to be at home at UK. You'll be able to buy all this and more while enjoying free food, cool activities, and prizes! Sponsored by Kroger, the official grocery partner of move-in.

 

K Week Wrap-up: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Connect with your K Team one last time as K Week winds down! Check with your K Crew leader to find out when and where to meet on campus. Sponsored by K Week.

 

Cat-A-Palooza: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., Gatton Student Center

Come check out Cat-A-Palooza at the Gatton Student Center (GSC)! Grab free food, snag some make and takes, listen to live music, and meet all of the awesome people behind the amazing resources in the Gatton Student Center! Sponsored by the Student Activities Board, WRFL, the Student Government Association, DanceBlue, the Office of Student Organizations and Activities (SOA), the MLK Center, LGBTQ* Resources, UK Dining, UK Gatton Student Center, Campus Rec and Wellness, and more!