Annapolis Orientation and Convocation Fall 2021

To our Freshman Class of 2025 and the newest members of the Graduate Institute:

We are excited to formally welcome you into the St. John’s College community!

Convocation is the official beginning of a St. John’s College career, and where new undergraduate and Graduate Institute students are welcomed into the college by the President, Dean, and Associate Dean at the start of the fall semester.

All new students will be invited to sign the College Register during the Convocation Ceremony.

Wednesday, August 25 at 10:30 a.m. ET
FSK Auditorium

This event will be live-streamed via YouTube.

Watch the Convocation Ceremony

Rehearsal for Freshmen and New GI students will be in FSK Auditorium at 9:30 a.m.

St Johns College Convocation Annapolis 2015

Order of Exercises

Welcome Remarks

Dean Joseph Macfarland: Presentation of the January Freshman Class of 2025

Associate Dean Emily Langston: Presentation of the newest members of the Graduate Institute

The Convocation Address

Annapolis Students Downtown 2019

Freshman Orientation | Fall 2021

Monday, August 23, 2021

9 a.m.–12 p.m. | FSK Lobby & Mellon Corridors

New Student Sign-in & Key Pick-Up: Complete all of the business and administrative steps to register for the fall semester and sign out your dorm room key.

9 a.m.–5 p.m. | Residence Halls

Student Move-in: Meet your Resident Advisor (RA), roommate, hall mates, and get settled in your room. Also, use this time to make a last minute trip to pick-up any essentials you may have forgotten.

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. | Dining Hall

Lunch: Remember your student ID card.

1–2:30 p.m. | FSK Auditorium and Microsoft Teams

Parent’s Meeting: Meeting of parents only with the Dean, Director of Student Services, Chief of Public Safety, and other College Officials.

Join the Microsoft Teams meeting on your computer or mobile app

Or call in (audio only):
+1 443-873-0122,,942818062# United States, Baltimore
Phone Conference ID: 942 818 062#

5:30–7 p.m. | Dining Hall

Dinner: Remember your student ID card.
Families are welcome to take their student off-campus for dinner if preferred; families depart prior to Residential Community Meetings.

7–8 p.m. | Residence Halls

Residential Community Meetings: Learn about living in the residence halls and help to create the community guidelines for your floor.

8–10 p.m. | Residence Halls

In-Hall Activities: Get to know the residents on your floor and in your residence hall.

Tuesday, August 24

7:30–9 a.m. | Dining Hall

Breakfast: Remember your student ID card.

9–9:45 a.m. | FSK Auditorium

Academics and the Program: Hear from the Dean and Director of Student Services as they talk about the Program of Instruction, academic policies, and academic support resources.

9:45–11 a.m. | FSK Auditorium

Health and Wellness: Meet with our Executive Director of Wellness to learn about Health Center Services, ADA, and Title IX and Anti-Harassment and Discrimination.

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. | Dining Hall

Lunch: Remember your student ID card.

1–2 p.m. | FSK Auditorium

Resiliency in College: One of our college counselors will go over stress management skills and outline things you can do to stay connected to and supported by your new community.

2–2:45 p.m. | FSK Auditorium

Living in a Small Academic Community: The Director and the Coordinator of Student Services will explain the policies and principles that guide life in the Residence Halls and on campus and discuss ways you can support each other in being upstanding members of the Polity.

2:45–3 p.m. | FSK Auditorium

New Student Engagement: Hear from the New Student Engagement Coordinator about activities that will be held throughout the year as you grow into being a Johnnie.

3–4:15 p.m.

Tour of Campus: Gather in FSK Lobby by your assigned letter. Please check your Orientation Folder for your “Campus Tour” Group Assignment.

Wednesday, August 25

7:30–9 a.m. | Dining Hall

Breakfast: Remember your student ID card.

9–10 a.m. | FSK Auditorium

Convocation Rehearsal: Freshmen and First-Term Graduate Institute Students.

10:15 a.m. | Great Hall (rain – FSK Lobby)

Robing: Freshmen and First-Term Graduate Institute Students gather for robing and line-Up for Convocation.

10:30 a.m. | FSK Auditorium

Convocation: Ms. Langston, Associate Dean of the Graduate Institute, welcomes new students and families into the St. John’s College community.

12–1 p.m. | Dining Hall

Lunch: Remember your student ID card.

1–1:30 p.m. | FSK Auditorium

Safety & Security: Hear from the Director of Public Safety about ways to keep yourself and your new community safe.

1:30–2 p.m. | FSK Auditorium

Career Services: Explore internships, scholarships, graduate programs, and more.

2–3:30 p.m. | FSK Auditorium and Gym (The Temple)

Campus Recreation & Intramurals: Learn about the gym, the boathouse, and which intramural team is yours.

5:30–7 p.m. | Dining Hall

Dinner: Remember your student ID card.

8:30–9 p.m. | Back Campus Dance Floor

Emergency Waltz Lessons: The Waltz Committee will teach you everything you need to know about how to rip up the carpet at the year’s opening Waltz.

9 p.m.–midnight | Back Campus Dance Floor and Tent

Convocation Waltz: Students gather for the first Waltz party of the year.

Thursday, August 26

7:30–8:30 a.m. | Dining Hall

Breakfast: Remember your student ID card.

9–10 a.m. | FSK Auditorium

Meet the Resident Advisors: Resident Advisors will welcome you and go over strategies for living well on the residence halls and in the Polity.

10–11 a.m. | Various Classrooms in Mellon

Learning at St. John’s: Gather in small groups to talk about classes and school work at the college. Learn from upper class students about ways to engage fully in the classroom, how to keep up with your readings, why your Core Group can be important, etc. Please check your Orientation Folder for your “Inside the Classroom” Group Assignment.

11:30–1 p.m. | Dining Hall

Lunch: Remember your student ID card.

4–6 p.m. | Assigned Classrooms

Seminar: Enjoy your first seminar as a Johnnie (check your class schedule for assigned Seminar time and location).

5:30–7 p.m. | Dining Hall

Dinner: Remember your student ID card.

8–10 p.m. | Assigned Classrooms

Seminar: Enjoy your first seminar as a Johnnie (check your class schedule for assigned Seminar time and location).

10 p.m.–midnight | Coffee Shop / Quad

Coffee on the Quad: Get to know members of the Polity and continue the discussion from seminar. Food and beverages provided.

Friday, August 27

7:30–9 a.m. | Dining Hall

Breakfast: Remember your student ID card.

9–3:40 p.m. | Various Locations

Labs and Tutorials Begin: Follow the class schedule you received at registration.

3:45–4:15 p.m. | Quad Steps, Above the College Seal

Class of 2025 Picture: Meet on the steps by the Quad to take a class picture.

5:15–6:45 p.m. | Dining Hall

Dinner: Remember your student ID card.

8–11 p.m. | FSK Auditorium / Conversation Room

Friday Night Lecture and Question Period

Saturday, August 28

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | Dining Hall

Brunch: Remember your student ID card.

1–4 p.m. | Quad and/or Back Campus

Student Activities Fair: Speak with upperclassmen about campus clubs and activities and how to get involved.

3–5 p.m. | Lower Field

All-College Soccer Game: The Ends vs. The Means

5:30–7 p.m. | Dining Hall

Dinner: Remember your student ID card.

8–11 p.m. | Quad and Back Campus

Campus-Wide Event

Sunday, August 29

 12–3 p.m. | Gym Parking Lot, Near Tennis Courts

Freshman Shopping Shuttle: Grab a ride on the shopping shuttle and pick-up those remaining things you need for your room.

 9 p.m. | Coffee Shop

Board Game Night

Tuesday, August 31

3:45 pm | FSK Auditorium

Freshmen meet with the Dean and Members of the Instruction Committee: The Instruction Committee is a group of Tutors responsible for looking carefully at the Program of Instruction. You will learn why we do what we do and about the various parts of the program. This is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the intellectual life of the college.

Saturday, September 11

10–11:30 a.m. | Various Locations

Orientation Conversations: Please check your Orientation Folder for your “Orientation Conversations” Group Assignment.