New Student Orientation isn’t just for students.
Families aren’t required to participate, but we strongly encourage you to attend. Special programming is designed for siblings and parents or guardians.
New students must RSVP on behalf of their families through the link in their 1Hope email account. The RSVP link will be available to your new student on June 20.
2016 Family Schedule
Friday, August 26
|10 A.M.–4 P.m.||Exhibition Sneak Peek (Kruizenga Art Museum)|
|1–5 p.m.||Resource Room|
|1–5 p.m.||Siblings Progam Info Table|
|5–7 p.m.||Holland Trolley Tours|
|7:15–9:30 p.m.||Windmill Island Getaway (ticket required, childcare provided)|
Saturday, August 27
|9 a.m.–1 p.m.||Resource Room|
|9–10:15 a.m.||Family Opening Session & Reflection|
|10 a.m.–1 p.m.||Holland Trolley Tours|
|10:30 a.m.||Siblings Program Drop-Off|
|10:45–11:30 a.m.||Parent Seminar I|
|10:45–11:30 A.m.||Campus Walking Tours|
|11:30 A.m.–12:30 p.m.||Generational Reception (by invitation)|
|1–1:30 p.m.||Chatting with Food Services|
|1:30–2:15 p.m.||Parent Seminar II|
|2:30–3:15 P.M.||Parent Seminar III|
|3:15–4 P.M.||Phelps Scholar Meeting (for families of Phelps Scholar participants)|
|5 P.M.||Sibling Program Pick-up|
|6:45–9:30 P.M.||Super Siblings Extravaganza|
|7:30–9 P.M.||Night at the Knick|
Sunday, August 28
|10–11 a.m.||Worship Service|
|1:50 p.m.||Opening Convocation Processional (semi-formal attire)|
|2–3:30 P.M.||Opening Convocation|
|3:30–5 P.M.||Time for Goodbyes & Family Photos|
Time of Reflection
On Saturday morning, following the Family Opening Session, there will be a Time of Reflection for you to write a letter to your student. Materials will be provided. This letter can address the hopes and dreams you have for your student during their next four years at Hope and will be given to them upon completion of their senior year. We encourage you to bring a pen when you come to the Family Opening Session. Upon exiting the Time of Reflection, Orientation staff will be present to collect your letters, sealed inside your envelope. Please note, if you are unable to write your letter in the allotted time, Orientation staff will be collecting letters throughout the weekend at the following locations and events: The Student Union Desk (located on the first floor of the DeWitt Student Center), Night at the Knick and Opening Convocation.
Schedules are subject to change. A final schedule will be provided on your arrival in August.