Fall 2013 Orientation
New Student Orientation for the 2013 academic year will take place on August 24th, 25th & 26th on the Aberdeen campus with activities specifically for freshmen on those three days. Transfer and non-traditional students should refer to the Orientation Letters they have received for more details about their required activities.
Freshmen students will check in on Saturday the 24th and we have a wide variety of fun and informational activities planned from that day, through Monday the 26th. Below, please find a listing of some of our scheduled events. We look forward to welcoming you to Presentation College!
Saturday, August 24
10am – 4pm Resident students check-in, move in, receive keys & parking passes and complete other Validation tasks.
- 10am-2pm is resident check-in (please refer to your Orientation letter for more details) in the Strode Center.
- 2pm-4pm is commuter check-in (please refer to Orientation letter for more details).
- Some student athletes may have already moved in and/or completed Validation. Those students should report to the check-in table at the Strode at some point between 10am and 2pm to locate and meet their Orientation Leader. Freshmen (even if athletes) who have not completed Validation must do so at this time.
11am-1pm Lunch available (for students and families) in the Strode Parking lot
1–3pm Sports meeting or practice time (check with your coach for details)
2pm-2:30pm TLC meeting for TLC program members, parents, in NU28 with Jessica Lamb (TLC families should check the letters they received from Ms. Lamb for more details)
3pm-4pm Parents’ Program (all parents welcome) with Dr. Thom Flamboe in NU27
4pm-5pm Commissioning Ceremony for all Freshmen students in Blessed Sacrament Chapel (families welcome)
5pm-6:30pm Family picnic and parents’ goodbye in the Strode (families welcome) with the Dean of Students and the Mayor of Aberdeen, SD
**Events after this time are for students only.**
Sunday, August 25
**Freshmen Orientation events on this day are for the Freshmen students only.**
Until 12:30pm No scheduled activities. Students are free to attend religious services of their choice.
10am -2pm Returning students move into Suites
12:30-1:30pm Lunch in Strode for Freshmen
**Afternoon and evening events include “ice-breakers,” educational seminars, and social activities. All Sunday events are for Freshmen students only.**
Monday, August 26
8am Light breakfast for new students will be available in the Southeast Building before entrance testing begins.
8-8:45am Non-traditional, transfer and Freshmen students check-in before test.
11:30-1pm Faculty/Adviser Lunch in the Strode (all new students will attend)
**Other afternoon activities include educational sessions for non-traditional and transfer students in NU27, to be followed by optional tours, Validation for non-traditional and transfer students, and academic Department Meetings. More information will be available from Orientation Leaders and during the lunchtime session.**
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 Orientation, 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 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 and there will not be time for parents and children to be together.
Where do I go for Orientation?
Check-in for Orientation 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.