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 pm Dinner (Eat at your own schedule. Meal plans begin-Dining hall hours are 5:30 pm- 8:00 pm) Various Locations
7:00 pm All Hall Meeting for Students Living On Campus Beck Ballroom-Surbeck Center

Program Immediately following All Hall Meeting Beck 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 am Mentor Group Session Various Locations
11:00 am- 12:00 pm Academic Program Meetings Various Locations
12:00 pm- 3:00 pm Lunch (Eat at your own schedule on campus or off campus) Meal Plans  TBD
3:10 pm-4:10 pm Campus Scavenger Hunt Competition with Mentor Groups Various Locations
3:10 pm- 4:10 pm Transfer Student Session TBD
5:30 pm-7:00 pm (Dinner Eat at your own schedule) Hardrocker Café- Surbeck Center
7:00 pm Rocker Launch Event Beck 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 am Sex and the Law Goodell Gym-King Center
11:10 am- 12:00 pm Tips and Tricks to Be a Successful Hardrocker Beck Ballroom, CBEC 2228, CB 204 E&W
12:00 pm- 1:30 pm Lunch

Group 1- 12:00 pm

Group 2-12:30 pm

Hardrocker Café- Surbeck Center
1:30 pm-2:10 pm Conference Block 1 Various Locations
2:20 pm- 2:50 pm Conference Block 2 Various Locations
3:00 pm- 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm-6:00 pm Downtown Rapid City Foodcrawl Downtown RC 
6:30pm-8:00 pm TBD TBD
6:30 pm- 9:00 pm Rocker Launch Event TBD

Additional Orientation Sessions

Orientation: Parents and Families

August 3 - Move into residence halls
August 4 - Student-athlete & (abbreviated) parent orientation
A detailed schedule will be sent to each athlete. Please contact your athlete's head coach if you have questions.
Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country & Cheer
August 17 - Move into residence halls
August 18 - Student-athlete & (abbreviated) parent orientation
A detailed schedule will be sent to each athlete. Please contact your athlete's head coach if you have questions.

Parent/Family Orientation & Move-In
August 22 - Move into residence halls & Parent/Family Sessions
August 23 - Parent/Family Sessions
Schedule of Events for Parents/Families
Parent/Family Orientation Checklist

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 21, 2024 from 9am-1:30 pm CB204 W

Tuesday, August 20 12:00pm start time - Thursday, August 22 12:00pm end time.

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. Contact the Office for Inclusion with questions: or (605) 394-2213 

For additional information contact (605) 394-2336,