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

Campus Life

Saturday, August 27


Breakfast.7 a.m.–11 a.m.
Fuel up for the morning in Chase Dining Hall.


Residence Hall Move-In.8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Sign in at your residential quad.

New Student Sign-In.8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Pick up a program and registration material, confirm health records, have an ID picture taken, and much more. (Atrium, Balfour-Hood Campus Center)

Your Wheaton ID. 8 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Have your picture taken for your Wheaton identification card. Your ID will be required to access the dining halls, check items out of the library, and use your “Lyons Bucks.” If you sent your picture to Public Safety over the summer, you can pick up your college identification card at this time. (Media Center, Balfour-Hood Campus Center)


Library Open House and Tours.9 a.m.–1 p.m.
The Madeleine Clark Wallace Library will be open for tours. Refreshments will be served.


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)


Opening Day Picnic in the Dimple. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
(In case of rain, last names A–M in Chase Dining Hall 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. (The Dimple; in case of rain; Beard Field House, Haas Athletic Center)


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


Advising Team Meeting #1.3 p.m.–5 p.m.
Bring your white advising folder and your fall schedule to this first gathering with your First-Year Seminar classmates and preceptors. Get acquainted, complete the new student survey, review fall registration and arrange advising appointments with your faculty advisor. Preceptors will answer questions about orientation, clarify student responsibilities and assist in preparation for faculty advising meetings. Meet in your advising team meeting location, listed on your your folder.

Transfer Team Meeting #1. 3 p.m.–5 p.m.
New transfer students will complete the new student survey, review transfer credit, fall registration and learn about the transfer process at Wheaton with other new transfer students, preceptors and an academic dean. Bring your white advising folder and your fall class schedule to this first academic gathering. Preceptors will answer questions about orientation and clarify student responsibilities. Meet in your advising team meeting location, listed on your your folder.


President’s Reception.5 p.m.–6 p.m.
President Hanno, faculty and administrators greet new students and families. President’s Garden. (In case of rain, Haas Concourse, Watson Fine Arts)


Family Farewell. 6 p.m.
New students say goodbye to their families before gathering on residence hall floors to attend dinner as a group.

Dinner.6 p.m.–7 p.m.
Chase Dining Hall


Community Meeting: Living@Wheaton. 7 p.m.–8 p.m.
Meet with your Resident Advisor in your residence hall to discuss building a positive residential community at Wheaton.

New Commuter Student Meeting. 7 p.m.
Explore the many resources available on campus that you will find particularly helpful as a commuter. (Hood Café, Balfour-Hood Campus Center)


Lyons Pride.8 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Students gather in their quads and proceed to Cole Memorial Chapel for the Candlelighting Ceremony. Class of 2019, be sure to wear yellow, your class color! Transfer students, your class colors are blue for the Class of 2017 and red for Class of 2018.

Candlelighting Ceremony.8:30 p.m.–10 p.m.
A time-honored Wheaton tradition. The Class of 2020 and new transfer students will be welcomed with campus ghost stories and traditions, followed by the lighting of candles around The Dimple. (Cole Memorial Chapel)


S’mores and More. 10 p.m.–Midnight
Meet your fellow classmates and indulge in s'mores and other tasty treats. (Hood Cafe, Balfour-Hood Campus Center)

Late Night Karaoke. 10 p.m.–Midnight
Come enjoy fellow classmates perform their best renditions of popular hit songs! Wheaton has already produced one American Idol winner in Nick Fradiani ‘08. Will one of the Lyons of  the class of 2019 be next? (Atrium, Balfour-Hood Campus Center)

#FitLyons 10 p.m.–Midnight
Are you ready to party yourself into shape? Forget the workout just lose yourself in the music while meeting fellow classmates. Enjoy a Zumba class in the dance studio run by one of Wheaton’s very own professors. (Dance Studio, Balfour-Hood Campus Center)

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