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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

8:30 a.m.-Noon, Validation for All New Students at the Strode Activities Center

8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Resident Student Room Check-In at North & East Suites

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Lunch on the Campus Green

3 p.m., Parents’ Meeting in Room NU 27 in the Nursing Building

3:45 p.m., Transition to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel

4 p.m., Commissioning Ceremony at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel

5 p.m., Campus Tours & Refreshments

5 p.m.-7 p.m., Walmart Runs

8 p.m., Resident Meeting at the Strode Activities Center

Saturday, August 22: Orientation-Day 2 

Noon-3 p.m., Check-in & Lunch at the Strode Activities Center; Sign-up for prizes
-Informative Session at the Strode Activities Center
-Ice Breakers at the Saints Soccer Field & Strode Center

3-5 p.m., TBD; Water Park or Break

5 p.m., Dinner at the Strode Activities Center

5:30-7 p.m., Break

7 p.m., Inflatables, Mechanical Bull & Games at the Strode Activities Center

9 p.m., Entertainer at 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.

Noon-2 p.m., Check-in & lunch at the Strode Activities Center; Sign-up for more prizes
-Safety Session
– Orientation Leader Skits
– Dating & Respect

2-3:15 p.m., Break

3:15 p.m., Bowling- Please meet on East Side of the Strode Activities Center

6 p.m., Dinner at the Strode Activities Center

6:30 p.m., Thunder Road – Please meet on East Side of the Strode Activities Center

9 p.m., Return to Presentation College

Monday, August 24: Testing – Day 4

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Returning Student Validation at individual Department Offices

9 a.m., Continental Breakfast & Student Check-In at Southeast Building/ Main Building

9:30 a.m., ETS Proficiency Profile Test at Southeast/Main Buildings

Noon, Faculty/Advisor Meet and Greet at Strode Activities Center

12:15 p.m., Lunch & Orientation Talks from Department Representatives at the Strode Activities Center

1:15 p.m., Departmental Meetings at Southeast/Main Buildings

1:45 p.m., Title IX Session at Strode Activities Center

3 p.m.- End of Day