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Welcome Week Overview

Here’s a general snapshot of what you’ll be doing as part of Orientation Welcome Week. Stay tuned for a more detailed schedule of events!

O-Staffers welcoming students

DAY 1: MOVE-IN DAY

Get settled into your new home at Gordon! 

  • Start your day with a warm welcome from President and Mrs. Lindsay 
  • Get settled into your residence hall (with more than a little help from the orientation and residence life staff)
  • Meet your roommate(s) and floormates
  • Go to the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel for Welcome Week’s “Opening Program”
  • Enjoy dinner outside with your orientation crew

Family sitting in the Signing Ceremony

DAY 2: FAMILY DAY

This day is set aside for families to take care of some important to-dos and spend some quality time together before saying goodbye. 

  • Run some errands to pick up last-minute items 

Sign your name on a scroll during the “Signing Ceremony” to officially commemorate your act of joining the Gordon College Community. *Parents and families are invited too

Students walking in Boston Commons

DAY 3: BOSTON DAY

It’s time to explore the city and some of its quintessential (and tasty) hallmarks. 

  • Start off Sunday with a church service in Boston
  • Walk around the Boston Common
  • Get some grub at Quincy Market
  • See some historical sites like Old North Church (the starting point for Paul Revere’s revolutionary ride)

Swing by an Italian pastry shop for a cannoli or two!

Students sitting on the quad with professors

DAY 4: ACADEMIC DAY

Time to exercise those book smarts! 

  • Get some face time with professors and students in your major
  • Finalize fall classes with your academic advisor
  • Learn about all of the people (and departments) on campus who are here to support your academic journey

Students leaving the chapel

DAY 5: STUDENT LIFE DAY

Do what you love or try something completely new—in terms of college extracurriculars

  • Check out various opportunities for discipleship and spiritual formation 
  • Find out what student clubs are doing
  • Apply for an on-campus job (or three) at the Orientation Welcome Week job fair