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, Rocker Launch starts with different, fun and entertaining programs and activities each night!

Fall 2024 Information:

Save the Date! Fall Rocker Ready Orientation will be August 23 and 24, 2024. We are working on the schedule now and it will be posted soon.  Each student will receive their official Orientation schedule via email, and a hard copy will be available at check-in.

Thursday, August 22, 2024 (Move-In/Check-In Day)

Time   Event:  Location
7:30 am-4:00 pm Campus Offices Open 

Registrar’s: Located main level of O’Harra Bldg

Financial Aid: Located main level of O’Harra Bldg

Cashier’s Office: Located on the main level Surbeck Center

Counseling: Located on the main level Surbeck Center

Accessibility Services: Located 2nd floor Devereaux Library

Rocker Shop (Bookstore) Pick up your textbooks, last-minute supplies, or some Hardrocker Gear! Located on the main level of the Surbeck Center
Various Locations
8:00 am-4:00 pm Move Into Residence Halls Residence Life Office-Main Level of Surbeck Center

8:00 am- 4:00 pm

Rocker Ready Check in and Laptop Pickup (Pre-sign up on New Student Checklist. Must be registered for classes and have Grubby ID to pickup laptop)Devereaux Library Main Level
4:30 pm- 6:30 pmDinner (Eat at your own schedule. Meal plans begin-Dining hall hours are 5:30 pm- 8:00 pm)Various Locations
7:00 pmAll Hall Meeting for Students Living On CampusBeck Ballroom-Surbeck Center

Program Immediately following All Hall MeetingBeck Ballroom-Surbeck Center

Friday, August 23, 2024 (Rocker Ready Orientation Day 1) Required

Time   Event:  Location
7:00 am- 10:00 am Breakfast (Plan accordingly as lines may be long) Hardrocker Café-Surbeck Center
9:50 am- 10:00 am Meet Your Mentor Group TBD
10:00 am- 10:15 am Walk to Kick-Off Depart from Surbeck Center
10:15am- 10:30 am Rocker Ready Kickoff and Class Picture Campus Quad (Goodell Gym Weather Backup)
10:30 am- 11:00 amMentor Group SessionVarious Locations
11:00 am- 12:00 pmAcademic Program MeetingsVarious Locations
12:00 pm- 3:00 pmLunch (Eat at your own schedule on campus or off campus) Meal Plans TBD
3:10 pm-4:10 pmCampus Scavenger Hunt Competition with Mentor GroupsVarious Locations
3:10 pm- 4:10 pmTransfer Student SessionTBD
5:30 pm-7:00 pm(Dinner Eat at your own schedule)Hardrocker Café- Surbeck Center
7:00 pmRocker Launch EventBeck Ballroom-Surbeck Center

Saturday, August 24, 2024 (Rocker Ready Orientation Day 2) Required

 Time  Event:  Location
TBD (Breakfast- Eat at your own schedule) Hardrocker Café- Surbeck Center
10:00 am- 11:00 amSex and the LawGoodell Gym-King Center
11:10 am- 12:00 pmTips and Tricks to Be a Successful HardrockerBeck Ballroom, CBEC 2228, CB 204 E&W
12:00 pm- 1:30 pmLunch 

Group 1- 12:00 pm

Group 2-12:30 pm

Hardrocker Café- Surbeck Center
1:30 pm-2:10 pmConference Block 1Various Locations
2:20 pm- 2:50 pmConference Block 2Various Locations
3:00 pm- 3:30 pmBreak
3:30 pm-6:00 pmDowntown Rapid City FoodcrawlDowntown RC 
6:30pm-8:00 pmTBDTBD
6:30 pm- 9:00 pmRocker Launch EventTBD

Additional Orientation Sessions

Orientation: Parents and Families

Coming Soon!
For a complete list of events visit our Parent Page

Orientation: Athletics

Coming Soon!

Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, Cheer
Coming Soon!

Orientation: Veterans

Coming Soon!

Orientation: International Students

Wednesday, August 16, 2023 from 9am-1:30 pm
Coming Soon!

Office for Inclusion - Pre Orientation

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 9:00 am on Monday, August 14th and program will end at noon on Thursday, August 17th. Contact the Office for Inclusion with questions: or (605) 394-2213 

For additional information contact (605) 394-2336,