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Fall Orientation Parent Schedule

A Welcome Week schedule for students and for families will be sent in early August by email, posted online, and available on our Gordon College Events app, available in your device's App Store. The following is the series of dates for Fall Orientation Welcome Week, and parents and family are welcome on Arrival Day and Family Day!  See January Orientation here.

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Pre-Orientation programming

August 20–24 – Fall Pre-season Athletics team arrivals (communicated directly from the Head Coach; move-in information included in the coach's instructions)

August 23–24 – International Student Arrival and pre-Orientation program (required for VISA students, recommended for others arriving from outside the U.S.)

Parent Welcome Week programming

(Student schedule listed separately)

August 25 – Arrival Day
Move in, get settled, get connected, get familiar with your environment. Parents and Family have a learning and activity track of their own!

Arrival & Move In Times

8 a.m.–1 p.m. Logan Airport student arrival shuttles (by reservation)
9:30–11 a.m. Students from Outside New England arrive and move in
11 a.m–12:30 p.m. Students from New England region (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)

Parent & Family Options

11 a.m.–4 p.m. Bits & Bites (campus food locations open for cash/credit service)

12–4 p.m. Campus Connections

Ask questions, discover programs, make connections for important tasks (financial services, local banks, campus technology, activities, academic success, advising and deciding majors, and more) all in one location - Jenks Learning Resource Center.

(1–3 p.m. Room & Roommates Time; students only: Students set-up and settle into their rooms with roommates, get to know floormates)

1–4:15 p.m. Parent Orientation "Great Gordon Expectations" program & "Campus Connections" open for information

Parents can learn about the transitions to college for students and the ways in which Gordon serves its students, and its Mission through programs, experiences and opportunities. Gordon looks forward to being a great partner with parents in their student's transition, and we hope to empower parents to share that transition well with their student. "Big Ideas" sessions will cover broad areas of development and campus programs, and "Deeper Learning" sessions allow parents to learn more specific details about their student and their experience. Sessions offered will be listed in the Orientation Events app.

4:30–6 p.m. President's Parent Reception & Faculty Departmental Parent Reception

Visit with Dr. D. Michael and Mrs. Rebecca Lindsay in Frost Hall as they welcome you to Gordon, and meet faculty in your student's or any of Gordon's academic program areas, stationed throughout Ken Olsen Science Center. These occur concurrently; information provided to parents at arrival. Light food and beverages are served.

5:30–8:30 p.m. Siblings Program

For siblings ages 6-13, registration required. Respond on the Orientation Welcome Week confirmation, or contact Orientation @ gordon.edu to update a confirmation already submitted by your student.

5:30–7:15 p.m. Parent's Dinner Reception

A standing dinner reception hosted by the Alumni & Parents Relations program staff in Lane Student Center.

7:30–8:30 p.m. President's Parent Welcome Session

End the day with a presentation from Dr. Lindsay and his administrative cabinet describing the College's Mission and our hopes for your student's learning experiences at Gordon.

August 26 – Family Day
Discovering new roles as Gordon students and parents of Gordon College students, and celebrating together the start of the College experience.

Forget something at home? Need something for the room? Local hardware and other stores feature 7 a.m. opening times, in case something got left behind. Local information provided in student residence hall arrival packet.

All-day  Academic Advising for Transfer students with department chairs, as scheduled.

9 a.m.  Conversations with the President: The Difference Gordon Made in My Life

President Lindsay interviews Gordon alumni about their Gordon experience and the ways in which it has shaped their personal and professional lives. Parents and students join together for this session!

10:15–11:30 a.m. Family Time on Campus

Intentionally designed for families and their student, or students and their roommates, to explore the campus together without a rush, show-off your newly-settled residence hall room and introduce floormates, check out different buildings, classroom locations, walk the Gordon Woods around Coy or Gull ponds. Our Orientation Scavenger app will help highlight interesting spots on campus to discover together.

11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Family Lunch

Join other students and families for lunch on the Clarendon Commons outside A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel. Student meal, and two complimentary meal tickets are included. Extra meal tickets are available for purchase at the Welcome Tent in front of Lane Student Center.

1–2 p.m. Gathering of Affirmation & Assurance

Students and families gather in A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel for a service of worship, dedication and assurance as students are welcomed into the Gordon family by adding their names to the roster of Gordon alumni. This longstanding Gordon tradition includes a warm greeting from alumni parents, faculty, staff and current students as each student comes forward.

2–3:30 p.m. Family Farewells

Time for students to say farewell to family and friends who depart campus for home. Students continue with the Student Orientation Welcome Week program thereafter!

3:30 p.m. Families depart for home

Continued Student Welcome Week programming

August 26 - Student Orientation Welcome Week begins with a spirited welcome from the Orientation staff, followed by dinner and O-Crew activities.

August 27 – Boston Day (Discover worship, friends, and the City!)

August 28 – Academic Day (Discover Big Question & Big Ideas and the academic programs and connections needed for success. Academic advising for first-year students.)

August 29 – Student Life Day (Discover Big Faith, our Big World and living and learning together in this unique Christian community.)

August 30 – Matriculation Day (First day of classes!)

August 31 – Church Connections (find local places of worship and service)

September 1 – President's Reception for Students

September 2–4 – Labor Day Weekend Activities

September 6 – Ye Olde Scottie Faire – All-campus connections for clubs, organizations, groups and ministries, missions and worship.

If you have additional questions about arrival or accommodations in the area, please contact us at 978.867.4263.