Welcome to Wheaton!

This semester our Fall Orientation – Welcome Weekend will be available to both on-campus and off-campus students through a virtual format. The program will continue to be filled with opportunities to hear from campus leadership, meet your classmates and make sure you’re prepared for the first day of classes. Fall Orientation will kick off Saturday, August 22 at 9:30 a.m. for a special President’s Welcome, both students and their families are invited to tune in.

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

9:30 a.m.: Welcome/Opening 

Receive a formal welcome from your college leadership: President Dennis M. Hanno, Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admission and Student Aid Walter Caffey, Provost Reneé White, Interim Dean of Students Zack Irish and Student Government Association President Abaigeal Lypps ’21. Families and friends of our new students are also welcome!

11 a.m.: Meet your FYE (Link found in “Fall Orientation: Our FYE Zoom Link” email from your Preceptor)

Your Preceptors will be peer resources accessible to you throughout your first year at Wheaton. They are here for you, and so excited to partner with you on these first steps on your journey. Enjoy some time to get to know them and the other folks in this group as they will be acting as your guides through orientation and beyond!

12 p.m.: Family and Friend Roundtable with Campus Leadership 

The friends and family of our new students are invited to join President Hanno and other campus leadership for a roundtable discussion on Wheaton College, your student’s transition and what to expect during their first semester.

2:30 p.m.: Curriculum Review

Before your classes begin, check in with your Advising and Career Services team to review the curriculum one last time. Make sure you feel comfortable and prepared for your first day as a college student! This will be approximately 30 minutes with your Student Success Advisor.

3 p.m.: Be the One: An Engaged Bystander Workshop 

This informative workshop is designed to help you further your ability to be an engaged and responsive member of the Wheaton community. In this workshop you’ll learn how to respond when you sense something isn’t right and be part of preventing bias incidents, mental distress, sexual and gender-based misconduct and alcohol abuse on our campus! Watch your email for invitation link.

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Hang Out With Orientation Assistants and Make New Friends

Drop in, grab your dinner and participate in short games and activities with new friends!

8 p.m.: Virtual Paint Masterpiece Night

Grab some paint brushes, your acrylic paint or virtually any writing instrument you have and any color tool and take to zoom to learn how to paint a Wheaton masterpiece. Watch your email for an invitation link. Becky, an experienced Bob Ross style paint instructor will guide you through a wonderful artistic adventure. Watch your email for invitation link.

10 p.m.: Afro-beats Dance Class

Renowned dance instructor Brianlee Martinez will be creating a fun night of West African inspired dancing! All skill levels are welcome to join. Watch your email for invitation link.

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

10 a.m.: Consent and the Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy

How do we know yes really means yes? In this session you will learn how to clearly and enthusiastically communicate consent and boundaries with your partner(s). You will also learn about prohibited conduct under the college’s Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy, how to report misconduct if it occurs, supportive measures and resources available to students who experience misconduct, and the process for investigating and adjudicating policy violations. Watch your email for invitation link.

1:30 p.m.: Preparing for Hybrid/Remote Learning and Get to Know your MAPs

We understand that hybrid and remote learning may present unique challenges for each individual, and we want you to know we are here for you. Let’s talk through some of your thoughts and feelings so you feel ready for what’s ahead. Connect with and learn more about the network of folks in your corner to support you! Watch your email for registration link.

3 p.m.: Building Community: Why it Matters

The world continues to grow increasingly diverse. Many people do not understand what diversity is or their part in it. Learn more about diversity and how you can contribute in creating an inclusive community, on the Wheaton campus and beyond. Watch your email for invitation link.


5:30-6:30 p.m.: Hang Out With Orientation Assistants and Make New Friends

Drop in, grab your dinner and participate in small games and activities with new friends! Check email for zoom link. 

7:30 p.m.: Nerdology Trivia

Nerdology is a pop culture trivia game hosted by two improv comedians. With interval small “nerd alerts” there are ample opportunities for engagement, prize winning and laughs. Did we mention you can win lots of amazon gift card prizes! It is very easy to play, all skill level welcome. Watch your email for invitation link.

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Orientation doesn’t stop on Sunday. Mark your calendar for these other events designed for new students.

Friday, August 28, 2020

1 p.m.: 1st Week Round up

You have officially finished your first week of classes. While you may still have some unanswered questions, come together one more time with your Preceptors to talk through these thoughts and learn some final tips to set you on your path toward success. Watch your email for invitation link.

Friday, September 11, 2020

TIME TBA:  Campus Activities Fair

An opportunity to check out the many clubs and organizations on campus. Learn more about their events, be introduced to their members and sign up to participate. Pro tip: log in to engage.wheatoncollege.edu to preview a list of all clubs and organizations!

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