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    In addition to the big move-in, Orientation weekend includes events and programming for students and parents.

Parent and Families Orientation Schedule

Below is the 2017 Orientation schedule. Check back soon for the 2018 schedule.

Orientation weekend is not just for new students - we have events for parents and families as well.

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Davidson College Store open – 137 N. Main Street

5–7 p.m.
Dinner available – Vail Commons or Davis Café in the Alvarez College Union (Note the café closes at 8 p.m.)

6–9 p.m.
Optional Early Move-in – Residence Halls
You may choose to ease the busy pace of Orientation by placing your student's belongings in the residence hall during these hours. Please observe the signs that will direct you to the unloading area closest to their residence hall. You will be able to unload your car near the door of the residence hall. Immediately after unloading your car, please move your car to make room for other new students. New students will not sleep in the residence halls until Thursday night, August 17. Please park in the Baker Sports Complex parking lot when you return Thursday morning.

Helpful Hint: Cars will not be allowed to line up for unloading prior to 6 p.m., and the line tends to be at its longest at the start of the evening. You may prefer to enjoy a leisurely dinner and queue up later in the evening (move-in ends at 9 p.m.).

Warehouse open – 209 Ridge Road (to pick up shipped items)

Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

7:30–9 a.m.
Breakfast available – Vail Commons or Davis Café (pay with cash, check or credit card). Note: the café opens at 8 a.m. in the Alvarez College Union.

8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Davidson College Store open – 137 N. Main St.

8:30–11 a.m.
Parent and Families Check-In – Alvarez College Union, Brown Atrium (use the Mariam Cannon Hayes Amphitheatre entrance)
Check in at the Alvarez College Union to receive important information regarding your meeting with your student's adviser. Your student will be involved in check-in on the third and fourth levels for up to 45 minutes. Plan to meet your student after check-in either at the Orientation Fair on the Brown Atrium level of the Alvarez College Union or in their residence hall. In order to minimize congestion and confusion at student check-in, we ask that parents and families remain on the atrium level.

Orientation Fair – Alvarez College Union, Brown Atrium
After you check in, you and your student may want to visit with representatives from different college departments and programs that will be available to answer questions and describe their services. Some of the participating departments include Dining Services, Business Services, Computer Services, CatCard Services, and area banks.

Move-In continues – Residence Halls
Hall counselors will distribute room keys and important information to new students once they have checked in at the union. If your student moves in Thursday morning, please follow the signs that direct you to the unloading area closest to their residence hall. Please check in at the union before unloading your car.

Warehouse open – 209 Ridge Road (to pick up shipped items)

10–11 a.m.
Kitchen Tour – Vail Commons
For students and parents and families of students with food allergies and special dietary needs, a tour of the kitchen and information on the Food Allergy Policy will be offered at Vail Commons.

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Lunch
Visit any of the wonderful restaurants in town or have lunch on campus at Vail Commons, Summit (located on Patterson Court across from Martin Court) or Davis Café (located in the Alvarez College Union).

1 p.m.
Opening Session – Baker Sports Complex
New students and their families will receive a special welcome from President Carol Quillen and other campus leaders.

2:45 p.m.
Meet the Deans – Duke Family Performance Hall in the Knobloch Campus Center
The Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty will address parents and families. A question-and-answer session will follow.

3:45–5:30 p.m.
Panels for Parents and Families
Parents and families are invited to attend panel discussions designed to answer common questions regarding college programs and resources. Workshops last approximately 45 minutes, from 3:45-4:30 p.m. and 4:45-5:30 p.m. Topics include:

Student Athletes at Davidson College – Tyler-Tallman Hall in Sloan Music Center
Director of Athletics Jim Murphy and current students talk about what to expect for your varsity athlete.

Resources for Students – Conference Room, Tomlinson Residence Hall (enter from the back of the building)
Professionals from the Residence Life Office, the Student Health and Counseling Center and the Center for Teaching and Learning address some of the resources at Davidson that are available to your student.

Davidson and the World–An International Perspective – Duke Family Performance Hall in the Knobloch Campus Center
Representatives from the Dean Rusk Program and Study Abroad Office discuss ways Davidson students encounter the world beyond Davidson.

Beyond Davidson? But We Just Got Here! – Hance Auditorium, Fourth Floor of Chambers Building
It's never too early to start thinking about life after Davidson. Center for Career Development personnel help parents and families understand the four-year process students should use for life planning, and how the Center for Career Development can help.

Mechanics of Money at Davidson – Center for Teaching and Learning, E.H. Little Library
Still confused about such things as Dining Dollars, CatCards, and ECSI? You're not alone! Come get your questions answered by members of the Business Services Office, Office of Financial Aid, and Auxiliary Services.

5–7 p.m.
Dinner available – Vail Commons or Davis Café (pay with cash, check or credit card). Note: the café closes at 8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

7:30–10 a.m.
Breakfast available – Vail Commons or Davis Café. Note: Café opens at 8 a.m.

8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Davidson College Store open – 137 N. Main St.

8:30 a.m.
Group meeting with your student's academic adviser
Faculty advisers' names and locations for these meetings will be distributed at parent and families registration on Thursday, August 17.

9:30-11:30 a.m.
President's Reception for Parents and Families– President's House
(Rain location: Brown Atrium, Alvarez College Union)
Hosted by President Carol Quillen

11:30 a.m.
Farewell Picnic Lunch – Chambers Lawn (Rain location: Baker Sports Complex)

Be our guest for lunch under the trees with your student before heading home. First-year hallmates and their parents and families will sit together, as will transfer students and their parents and families. Signs will direct you to your table. Come meet your student's new neighbors and friends!