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Opening Day: Fall

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Family and friends are invited to join new students on Opening Day. Please plan to arrive between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Opening Day is designed to help new students move into their rooms and get settled; to provide an overview of the academic program and campus services; and to welcome your whole family into the Hampshire community. Check out the 2014 schedule below.

Families are also invited to stay on Friday for the optional Family Orientation (typically called "parent orientation" at other institutions).

Incoming students should check the new student website for new student orientation information.


Opening Day or Family Orientation: Alumni and Family Relations 413.559.5701
New Student Orientation: Office of New Student Programs 413.559.5412


9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Central check-in

9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Moving in

Noon-1:30 p.m.: Picnic lunch*

1:00-4:30 p.m.: Family lounge

1:30-2:20 p.m.: The academic program

1:30-2:15 p.m.: Campus tour

2:30-3:20 p.m.: Life outside the classroom

3:30-4:20 p.m.: Student orientation groups meet (mandatory for all new students)

3:30-4:15 p.m.: Campus tour

3:30-4:20 p.m.: Health and safety information panel

4:30-5:30 p.m.: Welcome ceremony

5:30-6:45 p.m.: Outdoor dinner*

6:45 p.m.: Families and friends depart

*Complimentary meals


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