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!

Spring 2022 Information:

Save the Date! Spring  Rocker Ready Orientation will be January 8. We are finalizing the schedule and it will be posted below soon. In addition, each student will receive their official Orientation schedule via email, and a hard copy will be available at check-in

Friday, January 7, 2022 (Optional Activities)

Time   Event:  Location
7:30 am- 4:30 pm

Taking Care of Business
The following offices will be open to answer your questions and assist you: Registrar's, Financial Aid, Cashier's Office, Counseling, ADA

Rocker Shop Open:
Pick up your textbooks, last-minute supplies, or some Hardrocker Gear

Early Orientation Check-In
Pick up your welcome packet at the Office of Student Engagement located in the lower level of the Surbeck Center

Various Locations 
8:00 am- 4:00 pm Optional Laptop Pick up available
Must have photo ID and be registered for classes prior to pick up. Preference is Your Grubby ID.
Tablet Central (Lower level of the Library)

Saturday, January 8, 2022 (Required Activities)

Time   Event:  Location
3:00 pm- 3:15 pm Hardrocker Welcome and Check-In Surbeck Ballroom
3:15 pm- 4:15 pm ITS Tech Talk Surbeck Ballroom
4:30 pm- 5:30 pm Academic  Program Meeting Various Locations
5:30 pm- 6:30 pm Dinner with First Year Mentors
(Meal is covered by the Office of Student Engagement)
Surbeck Ballroom

Sunday, January 9, 2022 (Optional Programs)

 Time  Event:  Location
4:00 pm- 7:00 pm Esports Facility Open  Esports-Located Main Level Surbeck Center
5:30 pm Dining Hall Opens Surbeck Dining Hall
7:00 pm Mass Services Newman Center
7:00 pm- 9:00 pm Residence Hall Game Night Residence Halls




Spring Welcome Week

Date/Time   Event:  Location



Fall 2022 Information:

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:

Orientation: Veterans

More information coming soon.

Orientation: International Students


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


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,