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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 2018 Orientation schedule for parents and families. 

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

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

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

5–7 p.m.
Dinner available – Vail Commons ($9.35) 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. 16, 2018

7:30–9 a.m.
Breakfast available – Vail Commons ($9.35) or Davis Café (pay with cash, check or credit card). Note: the café opens at 8 a.m. in the Alvarez College Union.

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

8:30–11 a.m.
Parent and Families Check-In – Baker Sports Complex (use the Vance entrance) Doors will not open before 8:30 a.m.
Check in at the Baker Sports Complex to receive important information regarding your meeting with your student's adviser. Your student will be involved in check-in in another area of Baker for approximately 30-45 minutes. Plan to meet your student after check-in either at the Orientation Fair or in their residence hall. In order to minimize congestion and confusion, we ask that parents and families do not attend student check-in. Please enter through the upper entrance of the Vance Athletic Center. 

Orientation Fair – Baker Sports Complex
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. For students who move in Thursday morning, please follow the signs that direct you to the unloading area closest to your residence hall. Students should check in at Baker before unloading.

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 available: cash, checks or credit cards
Vail Commons ($9.35), Davis Café (located in the Alvarez College Union) or explore downtown Davidson.

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

2:303:30 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.

3:454:30 p.m. Panel Options for Parents and Families

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

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

Student Support Resources – Atrium, E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center
Professionals from the Residence Life Office, the Student Health and Counseling Center and Academic Access and Disability Resources address some of the resources at Davidson that are available to your student.

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 – Sprinkle Room, Alvarez College Union, Knobloch Campus Center
Still confused about such things as Dining Dollars, CatCards, the Parent Portal and Financial Aid? You're not alone! Come get your questions answered by members of the Business Services Office, Office of Financial Aid, and Auxiliary Services.

4:455:30 p.m. Panel Options for Parents and Families

I Just Dropped My Student Off at College, Now What? - Tyler Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center
As you anticipate driving away tomorrow, you may be looking for ways to stay connected to Davidson and your student's experience.  A panel of current Davidson parents join staff from the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement to discuss a variety of on- and off-campus opportunities to be engaged.

Alcohol at Davidson: Challenging the Norm - Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center
While most Davidson students make low-risk choices around alcohol most of the time, alcohol issues are still a reality on campus.  Come learn about our educational approach, policies, and, intervention efforts, and what role you can play in setting students up for success.

Student Support Resources – Atrium, E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center
Professionals from the Residence Life Office, the Student Health and Counseling Center and Academic Access and Disability Resources address some of the resources at Davidson that are available to your student.

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 – Sprinkle Room, Alvarez College Union, Knobloch Campus Center
Still confused about such things as Dining Dollars, CatCards, the Parent Portal and Financial Aid? 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 ($9.35) or Davis Café (pay with cash, check or credit card). Note: the café closes at 8 p.m.

7:30 - 9:00p.m.
New Families Gathering - Hamilton W. McKay Atrium, E. Craig Wall Jr. Center
Join the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement for a reception celebrating all incoming families.

Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

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

9 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 16.

9:3011:30 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. Come meet your student's new neighbors and friends! Signs will direct you to your table. 

View the new student orientation schedule.