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Orientation Day-by-Day

What can you expect during Orientation? Orientation is five days packed with fun, learning and meeting new friends. Here's a snapshot of some things you can look forward to!

O-Staffers welcoming students

Day 1: Arrival Day

President and Mrs. Lindsay greet each new student when they arrive on campus, and students move into their residence halls, get familiar with the campus and their fellow new students and Orientation Staff. To help expedite the move in process, the orientation and residence life staff help unload each vehicle. After new students have had a chance to get settled in their rooms, the director of orientation welcomes new students and gives them some instructions during the "Opening Program." The first day ends with dinner on the quad, which provides a chance for new students to get to meet each other. 

Family sitting in the Signing Ceremony

Day 2: Family Day

The second day of Orientation is set aside for families to both take care of some important "to dos" but also to spend time together. One of the highlights of the day is an outdoor picnic with food provided by the college. The day culminates with a worship service called the "Signing Ceremony." Parents, families and loved ones are invited to join their student for this special ceremony of commitment to our community of faithful learners. At the end of the program, students are invited to sign their name to a scroll for this arrival cohort, which symbolizes their joining into the Gordon College community. 

Students walking in Boston Commons

Day 3: Boston Day

On the Sunday of Orientation, students travel to Boston in the morning for church and spend the rest of the day exploring the historic city. While in Boston, students visit the Boston Common, Quincy Market, Old North Church, and of course, get a cannoli or two! 

Students sitting on the quad with professors

Day 4: Academic Day

The Monday of Orientation is what we call "academic day." Students will meet other students in their department on this day, have a meeting with their advisor, and solidify their class schedule for the fall. 

Students leaving the chapel

Day 5: Student Life Day

Students get the opportunities to hear from staff members in Student Life regarding ways to get involved while on campus. 

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