Please consult the 2021 Family Orientation Schedule here to discover events for family members during Orientation. 

August 19

Family Orientation Check In 

9:30–11 a.m
Alvarez College Union 

Check in at the stadium entrance of the Alvarez College Union to receive important information regarding Orientation, including information for meeting with your student's holistic adviser. 


Family Orientation Fair 

9:30–11 a.m.
Alvarez College Union 

After you check in, visit with representatives of different college departments and programs who will be available to answer questions and describe their services. 


First-Generation Students and Families Lunch 

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Hamilton W McKay Atrium, E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center 

First-generation college students and their families are invited to attend a lunch connecting them with campus resources, faculty and staff, and other first-generation students at Davidson. First-generation college students are any students who are the first in their family to attend a four-year institution or whose parents/guardians did not complete a four-year degree. Students whose families do not attend Family Orientation are encouraged to attend. Separate registration required. 


Opening Session 

1–2 p.m.
Baker Sports Complex 

New students and their families will kick-off orientation with a special welcome from President Carol Quillen and other campus leaders. 


Meet the Deans 

2:30–3:30 p.m.
Baker Sports Complex 

The vice president of student life and dean of students, vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty, and other campus administrators will address families and answer questions. 


Campus Partner Resource Sessions 

3:455:30 p.m. 


Optional Night Activities

Alumni Families Happy Hour 

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Van Every/Smith Galleries, Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Art Center

Incoming students whose parents or grandparents attended Davidson and their families are invited to drop-by and gather with fellow alumni families. Light refreshments and adult beverages (for those of age) will be provided. Invitation only. Separate registration required.

Visit the Hurt Hub@Davidson

6:30-7:30 p.m.
210 Delburg Street

An opportunity for students and families to visit the Hurt Hub and meet the staff. Learn about the incredible resources we offer budding innovators and entrepreneurs and chekc out the space. 

New Family Gathering 

7:30-9 p.m.
Hamilton W McKay Atrium, E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center 

Join the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement for a casual drop-by gathering celebrating all incoming families. Relax after a long day of moving with light refreshments and meet other incoming families. 

Davidson College Theatre Department presents ‘The Refugees’ 

7:30 p.m.
Barber Theater 

Who do we let in? This simple question resonates across the entirety of our lives today, ranging in scale from family feuds to geopolitical crises. In The Refugees, written and directed by Professor Stephen Kaliski, a jaded queen and her activist children struggle to answer it, each side fiercely opposed over whether their prosperous realm should offer asylum to masses of immigrants displaced by climate change.

Set in an imagined world that blends Ancient Greek myth with the realities of today, The Refugees electrifies one of the most urgent issues of our time with humor, humanity, and a passionate appeal to the power of civic engagement. 

This world premiere production, originally postponed by COVID-19, features an ensemble of professional and student actors and is presented by New York City's Adjusted Realists in association with Davidson College. 

Purchase Tickets for 'The Refugees' Free for Davidson students with eligible CatCard, $15 for the general public. Advance booking is strongly recommended. 

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August 20

Holistic Advisor Group Meetings 

9–10 a.m.

Holistic advisers' names and locations for these meetings will be distributed during Family Orientation Check In on Thursday, August 19. 


Reception at President Quillen’s House 

10–11:30 a.m. 


Farewell Picnic 

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Chambers Lawn 

Be our guest for lunch under the trees with your student before going home.

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