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Week of Welcome & Valley Ballyhoo

Valley Ballyhoo


Week of Welcome

At WCU, we plan a week of events to welcome our students to campus! From information fairs, comedians, and concerts, there's something for everyone everyday. 


Convocation and Class of 2028 Photo

Chancellor Kelli R. Brown at Convocation


New Student Convocation is an important event that marks the official welcome to the university. We are excited to congratulate and celebrate the arrival of WCU's new students with an event they will not forget! WCU's Chancellor, Provost, Deans, Faculty, and Staff convene to help mark the significance of this occasion.  Convocation is our official welcome!

Following Convocation, all students take to the field for the tradition of forming the numbers of the year they anticipate to graduate for a class photo and will be given the chosen shirt they voted on at Summer Orientation. 

Start your first weekend in Cullowhee by joining your classmates in this historical event to welcome you to WCU. We hope to see you all there!

Valley Ballyhoo


Valley Ballyhoo!

Valley Ballyhoo is the annual fair featuring student organizations, WCU Departments and Programs, and community organizations! This event will be held on Saturday, August 17 from 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm on the Central Plaza with over 150 groups present. 


WOW Concert

A Week of Welcome tradition! This annual concert will be during the Week of Welcome on the Central Plaza! This year's performing artist is TBD.

Valley Ballyhoo Registration

Registration Info TBD

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Please look over the following before registering for the event. 

  • All registrations are first-come first-serve. We will accept registrants until all available slots are filled.
  • There are no sales or solicitations of any kind allowed at Valley Ballyhoo. Only information and giveaways are permitted.
  • For directory purposes, all registrants must be registered by Aug. 4th to have their name printed on the directory. All others after Aug. 4th will be handwritten.
  • Specific requests (table placement, special equipment, etc.) can be indicated on the actual registration form but are not guaranteed. You may be asked to follow up with someone in the Department of Campus Activities. Animals are not permitted at the event as part of an exhibit.
  • You will receive a confirmation email (with directions and other details) the week leading up to the event. In order to check in and receive your table number, you must bring a printed copy of the confirmation email you will receive after registering.
  • Registrants may arrive to begin setting up their table no earlier than 3:00pm the day of the event. Check-in will not be available before 3:00pm. Registrants must arrive by 3:45pm to maintain the reserved status of their table. After 3:45pm, tables will be released to those on a waitlist. 
  • Waitlisted groups may arrive around 3:30pm to check the status of their request. No tables will be release prior to 3:45pm.
  • Power is not available for Valley Ballyhoo tables.
  • Tents will not be provided, but you may bring one; maximum size allowed is a 10’x10’. You must bring weights for your tent. Tents that are not weighted will not be allowed to stay up.
  • For each WCU Department and Recognized Student Organization who registers, ONE table and TWO chairs will be provided at no cost.
  • For off-campus and community organizations/vendors who register, ONE table and TWO chairs will be provided at a cost of $20.00 OR you may bring ONE table (8' or smaller) and up to two chairs for no charge.  Payment is due August 1st to hold your space.  **Directions for Payment will be sent separately in a confirmation email to you after you register.
  • Only ONE table per registered group is allowed; this applies to ALL groups. Requests for additional tables or chairs for a single group will NOT be granted.
  • The layout of tables is organized to optimize the flow of attendants at the event. Table preferences/requests will be honored when possible but are NOT guaranteed.
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