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 the challenges you will face during 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 2021 Information:

Save the Date! Fall Rocker Ready Orientation will be August 20-22 with Move-In on August 19. Below is a sample orientation schedule. Each student will receive their official Orientation schedule via email, and a hard copy will be available at check-in

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Time   Event:  Location
7:30 am- 4:30 pm  Rocker Ready Check-In  South Lounge-Main Level of the Surbeck Center
7:30 am- 4:00 pm  Campus Offices Open  Various Locations 
8:00 am-4:00 pm  Move Into Residence Halls Residence Halls
9:00 am- 3:30 pm Student Laptop  Pick Up (Must Have Your Grubby ID, you will pre-signup for a pickup time in your New Student Checklist Surbeck Center Ballroom
5:00 pm-8:15 pm  Dinner ( On your own, with family, or with Residence Hall Floors)  Various Locations 
 8:30 pm All Hall Meeting (Required for all students living on campus) Event following Goodell Gymnasium-Goodell Gymnasium

Friday, August 20, 2021

Time   Event:  Location
8:30 am-10:00 am  Breakfast (Must have Grubby Card O'Harra Stadium 
10:00 am- 10:30 am  Rocker Ready Kickoff  O'Harra Stadium 
11:00 am-12:00 pm Academic Program Meetings  Various Locations 
12:00 pm- 1:20 pm  Lunch (Must have Grubby Card)  King Center-Fraser Gymnasium 
1:30 pm- 2:30 pm  Sex and the Law Presentation  King Center-Goodell Gymnasium 
2:45 pm- 3:15 pm  Faculty Tech Talk Block One  Various Locations 
3:25 pm-3:55 pm  Faculty Tech Talk Block Two  Various Locations 
4:00 pm- 5:00 pm  Rocker Ready Competition Work Time  Various Locations 
5:00 pm- 7:00 pm Dinner on your own  Surbeck Dining Hall or Off Campus 
8:30 pm Rocker Ready Competition  O'Harra Stadium

Saturday, August 21, 2021

 Time  Event:  Location
8:30 am- 10:00am Breakfast On Your Own   Surbeck Dining Hall
TBD  Rocker Shop Open  Rocker Shop-Surbeck Center 
10:00 am- 10:40 am  Campus Life and Traditions with First Year Mentors  Various Locations 
10:40 am- 11:10 am  Tech Talk with IT  Various Locations 
11:20 am- 11:40 am  Conference Style Block One  Various Locations 
12:00 pm-1:30 pm  Lunch with Mentor Groups  Surbeck Dining Hall 
1:40 pm- 2:10 pm  Conference Style Block Two  Various Locations 
2:20 pm- 2:50 pm  Conference Style Block Three  Various Locations 
3:00 pm- 3:30 pm  Conference Style Block Four  Various Locations 
3:30 pm- 6:00 pm Downtown Food Crawl  Downtown Rapid City 
6:30 pm- 8:00 pm  Rowdy Rocker Welcome Picnic  King Center Parking Lot 
8:00 pm- 10:00 pm Welcome Week Event: Rec Night/Wellness Center Open House   King Center

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Time   Event:  Location
TBD  Rocker Shop Open  Rocker Shop-Surbeck Center 
10:00 am-11:00 am  Non-Denominational Service  Surbeck Center Ballroom 
12:00 pm-1:00 pm Lunch on Your Own  Surbeck Dining Hall 
2:00 pm- 3:00 pm  Tips and Tricks for a Successful First Day with First Year Mentors Various Locations 
7:00 pm Mass Newman Center 
7:00 pm Welcome Week Event: Comedian Marc LaMotte  Surbeck Center Ballroom 

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 – Saturday, August 7, 2021

Volleyball – Saturday, August 14, 2021

Men’s & Women’s Cross Country – Saturday, August 14, 2021

Men’s Soccer – Saturday, August 14, 2021

Cheerleading – Sunday, August 15, 2021

Orientation: Veterans

More information coming soon.

Orientation: International Students

Wednesday, August 18: Classroom Building 204 W- 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Student Q&A Panel Lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm- CARA Building

All international students must complete the online orientation sessions. This orientation provides international students with information specific to their status and transition to the US and South Dakota Mines. All international students are required to complete the Online orientation sessions in addition to attending this in person orientation. We must perform this initial check-in per U.S. government regulations. You will need all your immigration paperwork. You will receive an email regarding this.

Center for Inclusion - Pre Orientation

August 17-19, 2021

Open to 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. *Note Tribal enrollment is not required to attend. *The Center 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 17th and program will end at noon on Thursday, August 19th. Contact the Center for Inclusion with questions: or (605) 394-1828 

For additional information contact (605) 394-2336,