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Orientation is an important transition for both students and their families, and we have thoughtfully designed a schedule to provide the most effective way to ease your arrival and connection to campus. The parent and family programs run concurrently with new student Orientation, and we urge all families to take part in the full array of activities provided. New students will be full participants in their own program beginning the first night of Orientation.

Fall Orientation includes activities for family members on the Friday and Saturday of the program, including a Welcome Tent with area information, a Sibling Program for any younger siblings who may be traveling with you, and a Parents’ Orientation program. The final event for family members is the Signing Ceremony, after which families will be given "transition time" to say their goodbyes before departing the campus. The parent and family portion of Orientation is concluded by 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Spring Orientation is much more abbreviated. Parents are invited to dinner on the first evening of Orientation, after which students take part in their own program. Students are asked to notify the Center for Student Development of any family memebrs who will be attending (through the Orientation RSVP page).

Orientation 2013 Information

Parent & Family Orientation RSVP

Thank you for providing us with this information - it will help us better serve your needs during Orientation. Please fill in the information below and click submit when you are finished. We look forward to seeing you during the Parent portion of Orientation, August 23-24, 2013.

1. Your first name:

2. Your last name:

3. Your email address (optional):

4. Your student's name:

5. Please indicate the number of attendees for the Dessert Reception hosted by President and Mrs. Lindsay on Friday, August 23 (6:45 pm for last names A-L, 8:15pm for last names M-Z):


6. If your children plan to attend the Sibling Program (Friday, August 23, 6:30-9 pm), please indicate the number of attendees:

7. IF APPLICABLE - Please indicate the ages of the children that will be attending the Sibling Program (please do not include your Gordon student):

8. Two tickets will be provided free of charge for the Family Lunch (Saturday, August 24). Please indicate how many additional adult lunch tickets (not including your student) you will need to purchase ($7):

9. Please indicate the number of children's lunch tickets you will need for the Family Lunch ($5):

Orientation staff members unload a van on Move In Day


O Checklist (PDF)
List of tasks that students must complete prior to Orientation

Packing List (PDF)
List of recommended items for students to bring to Gordon

Arrival Info (PDF)
Instructions for your arrival on campus

Parent Schedule for Gordon Orientation (PDF)
This schedule has all parent and family activities during Orientation