Students playing music in front of greenhouse

Each year, Hampshire alums and families gather at dozens of events across the country organized with the support of alum volunteers. Events range from cocktail parties with the President of Hampshire College to museum visits, networking receptions, Alumni Reel screenings, and more. Attending a regional event is a great opportunity to connect with the Hampshire community in your area and hear news from the College. We hope you’ll join us at our next event!

Upcoming events

Opening Day and Family Orientation

Friday, August 30 2019
Schedule subject to change.
For questions about Family Orientation, please contact the Alumni and Family Relations Office at or 413-559-6638. For questions about new student orientation, what to bring, and move-in, please contact the New Student Experience Office  at 413.559.6392 or
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Check In - R.W. Kern Center, Lobby
    This is where it all begins. Students receive ID cards, keys, orientation schedules, and other important documents. At this time, students and their families can speak with staff from financial aid, student accounts, and the student employment office.
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Moving In, Residential houses
    Students move into their assigned houses. Orientation and residence life staff will be available to help you. Please don’t hesitate to ask for assistance!
  • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch, R.W. Kern Center 
    When you’ve finished moving in or if you’d just like to refuel, stop by for lunch. New students, families, and friends are welcome — lunch is on us!
  • 2:00-3:15 p.m.: Family Orientation Roundtable, R.W. Kern Center, Taylor Room
  • 4:30-5:15 p.m.: Family Reception, R.W. Kern Center, patio Families are invited to join President Edward Wingebach for refreshments and conversation while students meet their orientation leaders.
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Welcome Dinner, R.W. Kern Center, lobby   

Annual Events

Alumni Circle Events

Alumni Circles across the country regularly host events and gatherings for the Hampshire College community.

Div IV

Visit your favorite spots on campus, connect with friends old and new, and keep your Hampshire education alive with workshops, discussions, art exhibits, and screenings. What’s your Div IV?

Alumni Reel

A curated collection of short film, television, and video clips that showcases the vision and creativity of our alumni is shown in New York, Los Angeles, and on campus annually.

Opening Day

Welcome to the Hampshire community! Our staff supports new students and families as students move into their rooms and get settled. Afternoon panels provide families with an overview of the academic program and campus services.

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