Cascades Welcome

Cascades Welcome

Cascades Welcome 2024 is a collection of activities and events — from Sept. 21 to Oct. 13 — to help incoming students connect with the Bend campus. Some events will entertain you, some will share tips and strategies for success, and others will help you get to know resources on campus.

Schedule and Registration

We are using Bend Beavs Central to facilitate Cascades Welcome. Bend Beavs Central is our campus-wide virtual platform where you can find events, resources, clubs and more. All new students have been added to this platform, which can be accessed with your ONID username and password. You can learn more about Bend Beavs Central on our technical information webpage.


Expected Attendance

Cascades Welcome 2024 is full of many things to do, people to meet and activities to engage in. For some programs, all incoming students are expected to attend.


Fall Term Move-In

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22 | Residence Hall

Welcome home, Bend Beavs! No matter where you're from, once you move into the residence hall, you're a resident of Beaver Nation.

For New First-Year Students and New Transfer Students


FORTE24 - OSU-Cascades Academic Transition

Monday, September 23 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Keynotes); 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Breakout sessions)

New for 2024 is an opportunity to get a jumpstart on preparing for your academic transition to campus.  Students will attend a keynote event to learn how to navigate campus, learn helpful strategies to excel in the classroom and hear real stories directly from students who were once in your position as new students.  After these sessions and a lunch break, students will take part in two breakout sessions of your choice to learn more about an area of interest.

For New First-Year Students and New Transfer Students


OSU-Cascades Convocation

Tuesday, Sept. 24 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Bruckner Courtyard

Convocation means a “coming together.” It is one of two ceremonies that bookend the OSU academic year. Held each fall, Convocation celebrates OSU-Cascades’ newest students, and Commencement, held each spring, celebrates the newest class of graduates.

For New First-Year Students and New Transfer Students


Signature Events

We've highlighted some “can’t miss” signature events below. Incoming students are strongly encouraged to attend. 


Lawn Games and Crafternoon

Sunday, Sept. 22 | 2-5 p.m. | Bruckner Courtyard and Tykeson Hall

Join your fellow Bend Beavs in lawn games and art projects. We will host yoga ball dodgeball, as well as have some Spikeball nets and cornhole to enjoy in the courtyard. Art activities including painting and ceramics, in Tykeson Hall.

For New First-Year Students and New Transfer Students


Campus Tradition: Bend Beavs Photo

Tuesday, Sept. 24 | 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Outside the North Entrance of Ray Hall (near the Outdoor Classroom)

Show your pride and spirit as a Bend Beav and participate in the annual taking of the class photo! Wear your Fall Kick-Off T-shirt to show your off style and a chance to win a prize.  Don't forget to REGISTER!

For New First-Year Students and New Transfer Students


Faculty & Student Lunch

Tuesday, September 24 | 12-2 p.m. | Obsidian Hall/Beaver Dam

Sit down for lunch with one of our amazing faulty members on campus.  Learn about their own personal journey to our campus, and share about your own aspirations and challenges. This is an opportunity to take advantage of one of the best aspects of OSU-Casades; getting chances to meet your professors as not only educators, but at a personal level.

For New First-Year Students and New Transfer Students


Campus Community Carnival

Tuesday, Sept. 24 | 2-5 p.m. | Bruckner Courtyard and street outside of Tykeson Hall

Join us on Bruckner Courtyard and the street outside of Tykeson Hall, where we have snacks, games, and prizes! The Campus Community Carnival is a great way to meet various OSU-C affiliates, learn more about your community, and participate in fun carnival-themed games. Check-in to receive your punch card; two punches and you'll get one free food item, four punches and you'll get both, and six and you'll be entered to win a prize!

For New First-Year Students, New Transfer Students and Continuing Students


Welcoming Week: Community Movie Night

Friday, Sept. 27 | 7-10:30 p.m. | Obsidian Hall

Congratulations on making it through your first week! Join us at the Oval Green for an awesome collaboration between OSU-Cascades and the City of Bend as we celebrate our city's "Welcoming Week" on campus.  More details to come, but this event will host a number of activities, food trucks and a fun equity-inspired movie on a giant outdoor screen!  Bring a blanket or low back chair and join us on the field!

For New First-Year Students, New Transfer Students and Continuing Students



All Campus and Community Events

Check out Bend Beavs Central for full slate of Cascades Welcome and other events.


Contact Us

Questions? Please contact the Office of Student Life.
Residence Hall Room 118 | Email | Phone Number: 541-322-3143
Accommodations for disabilities may be made by calling 541-322-3100.