Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership

Campus Life

Parent Schedule

On Saturday, August 29, 2015, parents of all incoming First-Year and Transfer students are invited to join the fun! Family activities begin at 8:00 a.m. A final schedule of events will be distributed at CORE August. For more information, call the Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership office at 508-286-8222.


Breakfast.7 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Arrived early, need a break from move-in? Grab breakfast in the dining hall. Students are on the meal plan, family members are "pay at the door". Chase Round Dining Hall.


Residence Hall Move-In.8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Follow the signs to your assigned residence hall. Check insideWheaton's New Student tab to learn more.

New Student Sign-In.8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Orientation begins - pick up a program and registration material, confirm health records and much more. Atrium, Balfour-Hood Campus Center.

Library Open House and Tours.8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Library Open House will be open for tours. Refreshments will be served.


Parents Welcome Tent. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Stop by to meet fellow parents and learn about Wheaton's new Parents Association. Dimple; in case of rain, Hood Cafe, Balfour-Hood Campus Center.


Opening Day Picnic in the Dimple.11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
In case of rain, last names A-M in Chase Dining Halls and N-Z in Emerson Dining Hall.


New Student and Family Meeting.1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.
A formal welcome to students and families from President Dennis Hanno, faculty, administrators and the Student Government Association. This is the first official gathering of new students, with a single bagpiper leading the processional. At your commencement, bagpipers will lead the recessional, framing your years at Wheaton. Beard Field House, Haas Athletic Center.

Break Time.2:30 p.m.- 2:45 p.m.
Parents and students go separate ways until the President's Reception at 5:15 p.m. Families that need to say their goodbyes early may do so at this time.

3 & 4

Mini Sessions for Parents.3 p.m.-5 p.m.
The following 45-minute sessions include brief presentations and plenty of Q and A time for all your questions. Choose two, all of them are offered at 3 and 4 p.m.

  • Academics at Wheaton, Weber Theatre, Watson Fine Arts,
  • Living Well: Resources to support health and safe living on campus, Room 127, Watson Fine Arts
  • Connecting Advising and Career Planning, Ellison Lecture, Watson Fine Arts
  • Global Education at Wheaton, Hollman Room, Mary Lyon Hall
  • Parents of Winter and Spring Athletes, May Room, Mary Lyon Hall


President's Reception. 5 p.m.
President Hanno, faculty and administrators greet new students and their families. Presidents' Garden. In case of rain, Haas Concourse, Watson Fine Arts


Family Farewell.6 p.m.
Students continue with Orientation until Monday evening. Parents & family depart from campus.

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