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

Campus Life

Parent Schedule

On Saturday, August 26, 2017, 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. - 11 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.
Sign in at your residential quad.


Parent Welcome Tent.10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Stop by to enjoy some refreshments and meet fellow Wheaton parents as well as school administration and staff.
(The Dimple; in case of rain, Hood Café, Balfour-Hood Campus Center)

New Student Check-In.10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Pick up a program and registration packet, confirm health records, and have an ID picture taken (if you did not send a photo in advance). (Atrium, Balfour-Hood Campus Center)

Wheaton Welcome Activities. 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
This is it! You're official, now it's time to jump into action! Pick up your class t-shirt, meet local and campus vendors, learn about services and campus happenings, register to vote and have a little fun! (Dimple; in case of rain, Emerson Dining Hall)

Library Open House and Tours.10 a.m.–1 p.m.
The Madeleine Clark Wallace Library will be open for tours. Refreshments will be served. LIS Technology Support and network connection assistance will be available. Please call 508-286-3900 for assistance. (Wallace Library)


Presidents' Welcome.1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
A formal welcome to students and families from College leadership; President Dennis Hanno, Vice President for Enrollment Grant Gosselin, Provost Renee White, Dean of Students Kate Kenny, and Student Government Association President Mary Sasso. This is the first official gathering of new students, and a chance to experience a glimpse of Wheaton tradition you don't want to miss. (Dimple; in case of rain; 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 p.m. Families that need to say their goodbyes early may do so at this time.


Q & A Sessions for Parents.3 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Brief presentations will provide answers to many of the most commonly asked questions. Wach session will allow ample time for any unanswered questions.

  • Academics at Wheaton (Kresge Experimental Theatre, Watson Fine Arts)
  • Living Well: Resources to support healthy and safe living on campus (Room 127, Watson Fine Arts)
  • Connecting Advising and Career Planning (Ellison Lecture, Watson Fine Arts)


Q & A Sessions for Parents.4 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
Brief presentations will provide answers to many of the most commonly asked questions. Each session will allow ample time for any unanswered questions.

          • Current Wheaton Parents Panel (Kresge Experimental Theatre, Watson Fine Arts)
          • Global Education at Wheaton (Ellison Lecture, Watson Fine Arts)
          • Winter and Spring Athletics (Room 127, Watson Fine Arts)


Send-Off Reception.5 p.m.–6 p.m.
President Hanno, faculty and administrators greet new students and families before parents and families depart. (President's Garden; in case of rain, Lobby, Watson Fine Arts)

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