Events & Initiatives

Learn About Events & Initiatives at Gonzaga

Transfer, Veteran & Returning Adult Services and First-Generation Initiatives (TVRAS+1st gen) Ambassador Program

The TVRAS+1st gen ambassador program teams up new transfer, veteran, and first-generation students with current transfer, veteran, or first-generation students. When a new student is admitted to GU, an ambassador will reach out to the student, share resources and invite them to a personal lunch. We hope this program gets new students started on the right foot! If you'd like an ambassador email Chelsea at  

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TVRAS Orientation and Orientation Events

Welcome New Zags to Gonzaga University!

Gonzaga University hosts a special orientation program for our new transfer, veteran and returning adult students. We recognize that you have special needs and many of you have attended college prior to coming to GU. 

The TVRAS Orientation will take place on Friday, August 25th on the Gonzaga University campus. All new students are highly encouraged to attend orientation. There will be a special parent/family orientation for your interested family members.

Transfer Success Canvas Course

We have designed a special Canvas Course for incoming transfer students. This allows you to learn about tools and resources at your own pace. To find the course, login to BlackBoard and look for "Transfer Success Course."

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Fall 2023 Events

Date Time Event Location
Friday, August 25th  9:00 AM  TVRAS Orientation  Cataldo Hall
Saturday, August 26th 9:00 AM   First-Gen Brunch Social Hemmingson 203 (TVRAS+1st gen) 
Tuesday, August 29th  8:30 AM   Breakfast Social Hemmingson 203 (TVRAS+1st gen) 
Wednesday, August 30th  12:00 PM TVRAS+1st gen Welcome Luncheon   Hemmingson 312
Friday, September 1st  4:00 PM  Welcome GU Vets  No-Li 
Wednesday, September 13th   12:00 PM  Student Veterans Organization Meeting  Hemmingson 203 (TVRAS+1st gen)  
Wednesday, September 20th 12:00 PM  TVRAS+1st gen Luncheon with CPD  Humanities 243 (reading room) 
Friday, September 22nd    Veteran Suicide Awareness Boots Display  Hemmingson Rotunda 
Monday, September 25th  9:00 AM  Breakfast Social  Hemmingson 203 
Saturday, October 14th  12:00 PM   TVRAS+1st gen Green Bluff Social TBD 
October 16-20   National Transfer Student Week: Transfer Prizes   
 Friday, October 20th 12:00 PM  Transfer Luncheon  Hemmingson 201 
Wednesday, October 25th  12:00 PM  Student Veterans Organization Luncheon  Hemmingson 203 (TVRAS+1st gen)  
 Monday, October 30th 12:00 PM  TVRAS+1st gen Luncheon CSAS and Crafts  Hemmingson 201 
 Friday, November 3rd 5:00 PM TVRAS+1st gen Bowling Social  TBD 
November 6-11    Veterans Week: Veteran Appreciation  
 Monday, November 6th 12:00 PM  Student Veterans Organization Luncheon Hemmingson 203 (TVRAS+1st gen)  
 Wednesday, November 8th 12:00 PM  National First-Generation College Celebration  Humanities 153 
 Thursday, November 9th 8:30 AM  Veterans Breakfast  TBD 
 Monday, November 27th 9:00 AM  TVRAS+1st Gen Breakfast Social  Hemmingson 203 (TVRAS+1st gen)  
Friday, December 1st 12:00 PM  TVRAS+1st gen end of semester celebration Hemmingson 312 
December 11-15  8:30 AM  Finals Week Donuts in TVRAS+1st gen office  Hemmingson 203 (TVRAS+1st gen)  

Veteran Graduation Celebration

In an attempt to find ways to honor our student veterans and our allies, we have our own Gonzaga coin, which will be given to student veterans and allies on special occasions. Additionally, our graduating student veterans have the option of wearing a red, white and blue cord at graduation (our office is providing these for free).

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Resources to Create a More Supportive Campus Community

TVRAS+1st gen has been working with colleagues across campus to create resources to educate the campus community about military culture. See our website designed for faculty and staff.

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Veteran Supportive Campus WDVA Designation and Military Supportive Campus

The Veterans Supportive Campus Rating is awarded through the WDVA to campuses that are working to be a supportive environment for our veterans.
Gonzaga received the WDVA designation of "Veteran Supportive Campus" at a ceremony on September 29, 2017.

In 2020 and 2021 we also received the Military Supportive Campus National designation. 

For the 2022-2023 and the 2023-2024 academic year, we received the designation of Military Friendly® Silver. 

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Student Veterans of America Gonzaga Chapter

The Student Veterans Organization is the Gonzaga Chapter of the Student Veterans of America. For more information regarding the SVO, please contact 

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