Key Events

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. There are a handful of key events below that attendance will be taken. 

Be sure to bring your Wildcard student ID and Event Pass from BBNvolved; attendance will be taken at a few events. For a complete schedule of events, download the K Week mobile app or check out the online schedule of events.



Big Blue U: 6:15 - 10:30 p.m. (attendance will be taken)

  • It's time to get K Week started! Grab dinner beforehand on your own, and then 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. New students living on campus will meet in the residence halls, and new students living off campus will meet in the Field Club Room at Kroger Field (free parking is available). Then, join the Big Blue Nation with a march to Kroger Field for one of K Week's best traditions. We've got all kinds of crazy ways for you to start meeting a ton of your fellow new Wildcats. You'll also 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 wear comfortable shoes. If you don't know what K Team you are on, check the K Week mobile app for more information. Sponsored by K Week and UK Athletics. 

Parent and Families Reception: 7 - 9 p.m., Gatton Student Center Ballroom

  • While students are participating in the first K Team meeting of K Week, parents and families are invited to an informal reception to meet and mingle with UK administrators, faculty, staff, and fellow UK families. Light refreshments will be provided. Knowing that this can be a stressful time of year, massage therapists will be on hand providing short free chair massages. Participate in Letters from Home; write a letter to your new UK student, and the Parent and Family Association will deliver it a few weeks into the fall semester. President Eli Capilouto will greet parents and families during the reception. Sponsored by the UK Parent and Family Association. 


New Student Induction Ceremony, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., Memorial Coliseum 

  • Students, family members, and guests are invited to 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 attend. If your family is unable to attend the ceremony, they can view it live online!  Sponsored by K Week. 
  • Students will be sitting with their K Teams and are encouraged to meet up with them to attend. On-campus K Teams will walk over together from residence halls. Off-campus K Teams are making plans to meet at the Gatton Student Center and walk over together. Families and guests are welcome to sit anywhere in the stands to view the ceremony.
  • Free parking options for the ceremony include the Gatton Student Center visitor lot, the South Limestone garage, and the Scott Street lots. Do NOT park in the employee lots behind Memorial Coliseum. 
  • Student-only activities begin following the New Student Induction Ceremony. 

College Meetings, generally 12 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.

Evening Social Activities, 6 p.m - 12 a.m.​

Kentucky @ Kroger, 10 p.m. - 12 a.m.

  • Buses will run continuously during the event and will pick up and drop of students at Wildcat Alumni Plaza on Avenue of Champions across from Memorial Coliseum AND outside W. T. Young Library on Hilltop Avenue. Don't miss this fun opportunity to catch a bus with other UK students and enjoy a late-night Kroger run! 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. 


Pick Your Path, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., various locations

  • Spend some time getting to know more about some of UK's wonderful campus resources!
  • See the Schedule of Events for offerings, times, and locations.
  • Pre-registration is strongly encouraged for planning purposes but is not required.

K Team Dinner: 6 - 8 p.m. 

  • All new students will meet with their K Teams for dinner and good conversation. Check with your K Crew leader to find out where to meet. Attendance will be taken. Sponsored by K Week. 

Campus Ruckus: 8 - 11 p.m., Pieratt Fields

  • What a better way to kick off the new school year than with SAB? Join us at our annual back-to-school bash as we showcase many of the numerous organizations on campus with a night full of free food, free fun, and fireworks! We'll have a variety of inflatables available, and each organization will have a cool carnival game prepared to break the ice with new students. Sponsored by Student Activities Board. 


K Team Brunch: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • All new students will meet with their K Teams to enjoy a yummy, free Saturday brunch! Check with your K Crew leader to find out where to meet. Attendance will be taken. Sponsored by K Week. 

Registered Student Organization Events and Open Houses: 2 - 8 p.m., various locations

  • Today is a great day to connect with many of the amazing student organizations on campus!
  • See the Schedule of Events for offerings, times, and locations.

Gatton Student Center Spectacular: 8 p.m. - 12 a.m., Gatton Student Center

  • A tradition to rival all others, Student Center Spectacular, the longest running K Week event, is the perfect way to spend your evening! The newly renovated Gatton Student Center’s many organizations, programs, and services will be on display, collaborating for a night full of free fun for all. Join us for Comedy Caravan in the Cats Den, diversity projects with the Martin Luther King Center and Office of LGBTQ* Resources, an assortment of games and novelties from the Student Activities Board, free food from UK Dining, and much more! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to check out all the Gatton Student Center has to offer! Sponsored by UK Student Center, Student Activities Board, the K Week Office, WRFL, Center for Student Involvement, Office of LGBTQ* Resources, UK Dining, Martin Luther King Center, Student Government, PNC Bank, UK Federal Credit Union, UK Bookstore, Campus Recreation, and UK Police.


UK Lex-Mart, 1 - 3 p.m., Wildcat Walkway

  • New to town? Don’t know where to shop? Or just want free stuff? Stop by UK Lex-Mart (at Wildcat Walkway in between the Gatton Student Center and Singletary Center for the Arts), our community business fair! Local stores, restaurants, and other businesses will be on hand to welcome you to Lexington. Come check out what services they have to offer, enjoy tasty treats, and stock up on coupons and giveaways. Sponsored by K Week.

Classrooms Tour: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

  • All new students will meet with their K Teams for a campus tour to help them find their classes and other important destinations on campus. Check with your K Crew leader to find out where to meet.  Attendance will be taken.

K Week Celebration: 7 - 9 p.m., Gatton Student Center Ballroom

  • After your Classrooms Tour, come celebrate K Week one last time! Pick up more free stuff, including a copy of your class photo, and learn more about the fun events still to come this fall. The K Week team hopes you have an amazing first semester at UK!