Campus Kickoff

Campus Kickoff 2023

Campus Kickoff welcomes all UAA students, staff & faculty to celebrate the beginning of the academic year. It’s an excellent opportunity for everyone across the UAA campus to connect and be in community.

Throughout the past 20 years, Campus Kickoff has grown into one of UAA's most beloved campus traditions. To celebrate the 20th anniversary, we are excited to host a full day of festivities on Saturday, August 26th from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.


CKO '23 Festival
We’ll begin with a festival in the Student Union (South) Parking Lot from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome! Come enjoy food trucks (free for UAA students; bring your Wolfcard), live music, fun activities, campus/community organizations & resources, and so much more!

CKO '23 After Party
The fun will continue in the Student Union, Avis Alaska Sports Complex, Rasmuson Hall, and the Alaska Airlines Center from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. with fun creative activities, games, a movie, and a concert to culminate the event! Get excited to join us for Campus Kickoff 2023, and see the full schedule below for more details!

  • CKO '23 Festival (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

    1 p.m. - CKO '23 Festival - In the Student Union Parking Lot.

    • Check In - To get a free CKO '23 t-shirt, swing by the welcome table.
    • Food Trucks - Choose between 3 food trucks: Jeepney, Serranos, and Red Umbrella Reindeer. Additionally, Kaladi Brothers Coffee will be giving out free beverages to UAA students, staff and faculty. UAA students get a FREE meal from a food truck of their choice. Before getting in a food truck line, go to the Food Ticket booth for the ticket you’ll need to get the free meal.
    • Booths - Connect with student-led organizations, support services offered by staff and faculty, and learn about resources around our greater community. As you make your way from table to table, make a note to stop by the First Year Experience booth to be part of their CKO '23 scavenger hunt.
    • Live Music - Throughout the festival, we will have three DJs live on stage.
      • 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. -  DJ Joe Brady
      • 2:15 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Nick Anthony
      • 3:15 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Casey Smith 
    • Low Sensory Space - If you need a break from the excitement and sound of the outdoor festival, venture into the Enrollment Services Building for a relaxing atmosphere and chill networking space.
  • CKO '23 After Party (4 p.m. - 10 p.m.)

    4 p.m. - CKO '23 After Party

    • In the Avis Alaska Sports Complex
      • Open Gym with Recreation Sports & Student Activities 
      • Skate with the Seawolves featuring the UAA Hockey Team
    • In the Student Union
      • Open House with Arts & Crafts (Pride Center)
      • Rock Painting with UAA Grounds and Horticulture (Hugh McPeck Gallery)
      • Board Games (Second Floor Lounge)
      • Open Gaming (UAA Esports Lounge)
      • Soft Opening of NEW Dining Option “Seawolf Marketplace” (1st floor, next to the Cafeteria)
    • In Rasmuson Hall, Room 313
      • Experience the Alaska Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (College of Business and Public Policy)

    4:30 p.m.

    • In the Student Union Cafeteria
      • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 hosted by Student Activities
      • FREE popcorn from Seawolf Dining!

    5 p.m.

    • In the Student Union
      • Trivia Night (in the Den)
    • In the Avis Alaska Sports Complex
      • Canoe Battleship with the Residence Life team 

    6 p.m.

    • In the Alaska Airlines Center
      • Open Gym with Gymnastics Team (in their Practice Facility) 

    7 p.m.

    • In the Alaska Airlines Center
      • CKO 23’ Concert featuring H3 and Wasabi Black. Doors open at 7 p.m.; Shows starts at 7:45 p.m.. Free for all UAA students, staff and faculty with wolfcard. For new students, wolfcards can be attained at the Wolfcard Office (Eugene Short Hall 102) the festival from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Where to find #CKO23

Check out the #CKO22 Highlight posted on @uaalife Instagram and get excited about CKO23!