Opening Day and Family Orientation

Students on the Hampshire College Campus

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.-noon: 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!

  • 1-2:15 p.m.: Welcome Lunch, R.W. Kern Center 
    New students, families, and friends are invited to share a meal with President Ed Wingenbach and other special guests.  

  • 2:30-3 p.m.: Parents Discussion with President Ed Wingenbach, R.W. Kern Center, Taylor Room 

  • 3:15-4:45 p.m.: Family Orientation Roundtables, R.W. Kern Center, Taylor Room

  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Family Reception, R.W. Kern Center, patio 
    Families are invited to join President Edward Wingenbach for refreshments and conversation while students meet their orientation leaders.

  • 5:30-6:45 p.m.: Dinner and Dessert, R.W. Kern Center, lobby  



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