Festival at the Fountain kicks off Welcome Week

By Rylee Seavers | Broadcast Reporter

The class of 2021 celebrated the end of Move-In 2017 with Festival at the Fountain.

“Festival at the fountain is a great event, right at the beginning of welcome week. It is for all new students who are coming to Baylor for the first time, their parents, their family, any guests that came with them. It’s just going to be a great celebration at the end of move in and at the start of welcome week,” said Tripp Purks, assistant director of New Student Programs.

Local restaurants and bakeries provided desserts for the incoming freshman while they listened to live music, took photos with friends and family, and celebrated the beginning of Welcome Week. The event is also a chance for incoming students to meet with their new classmates.

“It’s crazy. It’s pretty overwhelming,” said San Clemente freshman Bridget Sjoberg. “It’s fun to see new people and meet new people that I’ll be with for the next four years. It’s awesome. They have so many fun activities and things set up, so it’s really cool.”

This year’s Festival at the Fountain is now in its second year, according to Purks.

“For us, it’s just a really great way to bring as many people as possible who are connected to Baylor and the beginning of Welcome Week all in one place,” Purks said.

Many students said goodbye to their parents at the end of the event before joining their Welcome Week groups to begin a weekend full of events.