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Santa Fe Freshman and Parent Orientation

2019 Fall Orientation at St. John’s College

August 26–31

We are pleased to welcome the newest members of the college community, both students and parents. The orientation schedule for both parents and students are detailed below and are designed to furnish you with a thorough introduction to the life of the college—for students, the information and guidance to make a strong beginning; and for parents, a framework to understand the experiences as your student goes through the Program.

Convocation is a centuries-old public ceremony at which the entering class is officially inducted into the college. Faculty and officers of St. John’s process in full regalia, and students are introduced one at a time to the President, Dean, and Faculty. Each student signs their name in the historical record of the St. John’s College Register. We encourage you to stay for this event if your schedule permits.

If you have any questions at any time, please don’t hesitate to contact us. A list of frequently asked questions can be found below or contact the Student Life office in the Lower Level of Weigle Hall by calling 505-984-6128.

Resources

Orientation Schedule for Freshmen and Parents

A PDF version of the orientation schedule is available for download.

Date Freshmen Parents
Monday, August 26
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Freshman Registration & Move-In
Evans Science Lab (ESL) Portal
11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Upperclassman-guided Campus Tours
ESL Portal
5–7 p.m.
Welcome Dinner
Fishpond Placita
7 p.m.
Freshman SACtivities
Students Activities Center (SAC)
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Freshman Registration & Move-In
Evans Science Lab (ESL) Portal
11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Upperclassman-guided Campus Tours
ESL Portal
5–7 p.m.
Dinner
Fishpond Placita

 

Tuesday, August 27
9–11 a.m.
Late Freshman Registration and Move-In
Weigle Hall
11:15 a.m.–5 p.m.
Abiquiu Lake
Departing from SAC (students only)
5–7 p.m.
Dinner
Peterson Student Center (PSC) or off-site with parents
8 p.m.
RA Event
Various Dorms
9–11 a.m.
Late Freshman Registration and Move-In
Weigle Hall
11–5 p.m.
Santa Fe
Enjoy some time exploring Santa Fe while your student engages in some bonding activities at the Lake.
5–8 p.m.
Dinner
In dining hall or enjoy dinner with your student exploring restaurants in Santa Fe.
Wednesday, August 28
8–9 a.m.
Breakfast in Dining Hall
PSC
(Dietician consultations available)
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Student Support & Sexual Misconduct Prevention
PSC, Junior Common Room (JCR)
(students only)
12–1 p.m.
Lunch
PSC
(Dietician consultations available)
1–2 p.m.
Resiliency in College
Junior Common Room, PSC
(students only)
2:15–4 p.m.
Scavenger Hunt Tour
Meem Placita
5–6:30 p.m.
Dinner
PSC
(Dietician consultations available)
6:30–8 p.m.
Notes on Dialogue
Rooms as assigned
8:30–9:30 p.m.
First Dorm Meeting
Various Dorms
10–11:30 a.m.
Hike to the Saddle
Fishpond Placita
(Bring a water bottle)
12–1 p.m.
Lunch
Join your student for lunch in the dining hall.
(Walk-in rates available at the door)
1:30–2:30 p.m.
Student Support Session
Peterson Student Center (PSC)
Join the Executive Director of Campus Health and Wellness and the Director of Student Life to find out how you can best support your SJC student.
2:45–3:45 p.m.
Personal & Professional Development Session
PSC
Learn about the resources and services SJC offers to support the post-graduation success of our students and alumni.
4–5:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion with the President, Dean, & Asst. Dean
Ault Evers Room, Meem Library (parents only)
5:30–7 p.m.
Dinner
PSC, Coffee Shop
(parents only)
Thursday, August 29
8–9 a.m.
Breakfast
PSC
9–10 a.m.
Academic Overview
Junior Common Room, PSC
(students only)
10:15 a.m.
Rehearsal for Convocation
ESL Placita
11 a.m.
Convocation
ESL Placita
12 p.m.
Buffet Lunch for Entire College
PSC
Afternoon
Free Time
Seminar Preparation​​​​​​​
5:30–7 p.m.
Dean’s Dinner
PSC, Great Hall​​​​​​​
7:30–9:30 p.m.
First Seminar
Rooms as assigned​​​​​​​
9:30 p.m.
Post-Seminar Party
PSC, Coffee Shop
11 a.m.
Convocation
ESL Placita
12 p.m.
Buffet Lunch for Entire College
PSC
Afternoon
Parents depart​​​​​​​