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Welcome Weekend

Fall 2015 Orientation

We are excited you will be joining us as a PC Saint. If you have any questions, please contact our Admissions Department at (605) 229-8492.

Welcome Weekend for the 2015-2016 academic year will take place on August 21-24 on the Aberdeen campus. This four-day program takes place just before classes start in August. During Presentation College Welcome Weekend you will learn how to navigate the PC campus, as well as the great city of Aberdeen. Part of this program is focused on adjusting to your new community, learning where your classes will take place, meeting with faculty members and getting to know your classmates, as well as current students. You will also have the opportunity to explore Aberdeen through a variety of activities including go-karts, swimming, bowling, and more.


Is Orientation required for all students?

Yes, all entering first-year students are required to attend all Orientation events. During Orientation, students will be made aware of resources on campus, have a chance to ask questions they might have about Presentation College, become better acquainted with the Presentation College community, receive their student ID cards, and also finalize registration for classes. Students will be expected to attend the full schedule of events. Students who do not stay for the full schedule will be unable to finalize registration.

Is Orientation required for parents?

While it is not required, we highly encourage parents to participate in the events on the first day of Welcome Weekend, move-in day. These events include student validation, the Commissioning Ceremony and a family picnic. The Commissioning Ceremony is a formal welcoming ceremony we hold in our Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Students and their families are officially welcomed to campus at this time. We also offer a great program for parents with information designed especially for parents about Presentation College and the transition to college. It is also a great opportunity to meet other parents or family members.

Will I be with my parents/son or daughter during Orientation?

Parents can be with their son/daughter during Orientation events on Saturday, August 24th. There will be time to get settled into your Suites, run errands to purchase last minute items together and to visit all of the offices on campus to make sure everything is in order for the start of the school year. The parents program is an event geared toward only parents. We encourage parents to attend the Commissioning Ceremony and family picnic with their son/daughter. The evening family picnic is where families will say their goodbyes and part ways for the rest of the Orientation. The remainder of the Orientation schedule is geared toward students only.

Where do I go for Welcome Weekend?

Check-in for Welcome Weekend will be located in the Strode Activity Center. Please refer to the campus map  for better instructions.

What do I need to bring to my Orientation session?

Please bring your laptop that meets the College’s minimum specifications.


Welcome Weekend – 2015

Friday, August 21: Check-in & Parents’ Welcome – Day 1

8:30AM-Noon, Validation for All New Students – Strode Center

8:30AM-3PM, Resident Student Room Check-In – North & East Suites

11AM-1PM, Lunch – Campus Green

3PM, Parents’ Meeting – NU 27

3:45PM, Transition to chapel

4PM, Commissioning Ceremony – Blessed Sacrament Chapel

5PM, Campus Tours – If interested

5PM-7PM Walmart Runs – If interested

8PM, Resident Meeting – Strode Center

Saturday, August 22: Orientation-Day 2 

12PM-2:30PM, Check-in & Lunch – Strode Center; Sign Up for Prizes

Informative Session – Strode Center

Ice Breakers – Soccer Field/Strode Center

2:45PM-5PM,Water Park – Meet on East Side of Strode Center

5:30PM, Dinner – Strode Center

6PM-7PM, Break

7PM, Inflatables, Mechanical Bull & Games– Strode Center

9PM, Entertainer – Lantern Hall

Sunday, August 23: Orientation-Day 3

Morning left open for religious services of students’ choice; Mass offered in our Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 10:30 a.m.

12PM-2PM, Check-in & lunch – Strode Center; Sign Up for Prizes

Safety Session – Strode Center

Orientation Leader Skits – Strode Center

Dating & Respect – Strode Center

2PM-3:15PM Break

3:15PM, Bowling – Meet on East Side of Strode Center

6PM, Dinner – Strode Center

6:30PM, Thunder Road – Meet on East Side of Strode Center

9PM, Return from Activity

Monday, August 24: Testing – Day 4

9AM-4PM, Returning Student Validation – Individual Department Offices

9AM, Continental Breakfast & Student Check-In – Southeast Building

9:30AM, ETS Proficiency Profile Test – Southeast/Main Buildings

12PM, Faculty/Advisor Meet and Greet – Strode Center

12:15PM, Lunch & Orientation Talks from Department Representatives – Strode Center

1:15PM, Departmental Meetings – Southeast/Main Buildings

1:45PM, Title IX Session – Strode Center

3PM, End of Day