Rocker Ready Schedule Information

Welcome to Our South Dakota Mines Family. All new students will need to attend an orientation prior to the start of the semester. Rocker Ready helps prepare you for your academic career here at South Dakota Mines. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet new people and have a lot of fun. After orientation, Welcome Week starts with different, fun and entertaining programs and activities each night!

Fall 2022 Information:

Save the Date! Fall  Rocker Ready Orientation will be August 19-21, 2022. Below is a tentative fall schedule. Students will have an opportunity to select sessions this summer. Each student will receive their official Orientation schedule via email, and a hard copy will be available at check-in.

Thursday, August 18, 2022 (Move In Day and Take Care of Business)

Time   Event:  Location
7:30 am-4:00 pm Campus Offices Open (Registrar, Financial Aid, Cashier's Office, etc) Various Locations
7:30 am-4:00 pm Rocker Ready Check-In Devereaux Library 
8:00 am-4:00 pm Move Into Residence Halls (Pre-sign up with tentative arrival times on New Student Checklist beginning July 1)Residence Halls
9:00 am- 3:00 pm  Laptop Pickup (Must have Grubby ID. Pre-sign up on New Student Checklist beginning July 1) Devereaux Library
4:30 pm-8:00 pm Dinner (Dining Hall Hours: Tentative 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm)Various Locations. Surbeck Dining Hall 
7:00 pm- 8:00 pmAll Hall Meeting for Residence Life Students Surbeck Ballroom 
8:00 pm Residence Life Event: Fun Pianos  Surbeck Ballroom 

Friday, August 19, 2022 

Time   Event:  Location
9:00 am-10:00 am Breakfast King Center-Fraser Gym
10:15am-10:30 am Rocker Ready Kick-Off O'Harra Stadium
10:30 am-11:00 am Time with First Year Mentors Various Locations
11:00 am-12:00 pm Academic Program Meetings Various Locations
12:00 pm- 1:20 pm LunchKing Center-Fraser Gym 
1:30 pm-2:30 pm Sex and the Law Presentation King Center-Goodell Gym 
2:45 pm- 3:15 pm Faculty Tech Talk Various Locations 
3:25 pm- 4:25 pm Scavenger Hunt Competition Various Locations 
4:25 pm-5:30 pm Free Time Various Locations 
5:30 pm-7:00 pm Dinner (Tentative Dining Hall Hours 5:30 pm- 7:30pm) Surbeck Dining Hall 
7:00 pm Residence Hall Floor MeetingsResidence Halls 
8:00 pm Welcome Week Event Surbeck Center Ballroom 

Saturday, August 20, 2022 

 Time  Event:  Location
8:30 am- 10:00 am Breakfast on your own Surbeck Dining Hall 
10:00 am- 10:40 am Campus Life and Traditions Homebase Locations
10:40 am- 11:10 am Tech Talk with IT Homebase Locations
11:20 am- 11:50 am Conference Style Block 1 Various Locations
12:00 pm- 1:30 pm Lunch Surbeck Dining Hall
1:40 pm-2:10 pm Conference Style Block 2 Various Locations
2:20 pm-2:50 pm Conference Style Block 3 Various Locations
3:00 pm- 3:30 pm Conference Style Block 4  Various Locations
3:30 pm- 6:00 pm Downtown Rapid City Food Crawl Downtown Rapid City
6:30 pm- 8:00 pm Rowdy Rocker Welcome Picnic King Center Parking Lot 
6:00 pm-9:00 pm Welcome Week Event: Recreation Night at the King Center  King Center 

Sunday, August, 21, 2022

Date/Time   Event:  Location
10:00 am-11:00 am Tentative: Non-Denominational Service Surbeck Center Ballroom 
12:00 pm- 1:00 pm Lunch (Adjusted to normal Sunday hours) Surbeck Dining Hall
2:00 pm- 3:00 pm Tips and Tricks to be a Successful Hardrocker  TBD
3:00 pm Optional: Guided Hike and Bike Trail Cleanup Campus
7:00 pm Mass with Father Mark Newman Center
8:00 pm- 12:00 am Welcome Week Event: Bowling at Robbinsdale Lanes  Robbinsdale Lanes
9:00 pmResidence Life Event: Feels Like Home  Residence Halls

Additional Orientation Sessions

Orientation: Parents and Families

Information about Parent and Family orientation can be found here.

Orientation: Athletics

Reporting/Move In dates for fall sports are as follows:

Football, Volleyball, & Soccer- August 6, 2022
Cross Country - August 13, 2022
Cheer-August 14, 2022

Student Athletes will receive a schedule and more information from their coaches. Athletes are also required to attend the in person Rocker Ready Orientation on August 19-21

Orientation: Veterans

Incoming veterans, active duty military, and National Guard members may attend the Veterans Orientation in lieu of the Rocker Ready in person orientation.  This orientation includes an overview of available resources at South Dakota Mines as well as many in the community.  As this is an abbreviated orientation, those in freshman status or staying in the dorms are encouraged to also attend the Rocker Ready in person orientation.  An email will be sent with time and date.  Contact the Veterans Resource Center with questions:

Orientation: International Students

Mandatory In person Orientation and Check-in (Wednesday, August 17, 2022 from 9:00 am- 1:00 pm)

All international students must complete the online orientation sessions before arriving in Rapid City. There is also a mandatory in person orientation/check-in for your immigration documents and other important information when you first arrive. You will need all your immigration paperwork. You will receive an email regarding this.

Office for Inclusion - Pre Orientation

Tuesday, August 16- Thursday, August 18, 2022

Although this program is geared toward all incoming domestic students of color, including those that self-identify as one or more of the following: American Indian, African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, anyone is welcome to join. *Note Tribal enrollment is not required to attend. *The Office for Inclusion Pre-Orientation does not replace regular Orientation activities. All attendees are required to complete the online Rocker Ready Orientation, and participate in the Rocker Ready in person orientation.  Move-in starts at 8:00 am on Tuesday, August 16th and program will end at noon on Thursday, August 18th. Contact the Office for Inclusion with questions: or (605) 394-1828 

For additional information contact (605) 394-2336,