Santa Fe Orientation and Convocation Spring 2021

We are pleased to welcome the newest members of the college community. The orientation schedule below is designed for all new students, both undergraduate and graduate, and their families. It is designed to furnish you with a thorough introduction to the life of the college and the administrative departments that will support you throughout your career at SJC.

The highlight of your first week is Convocation, a centuries-old public ceremony at which the entering class is officially inducted into the college. The ceremony took place online on Sunday, January 17 at 2 p.m. MT. This formal tradition includes the students signing their name into the historical record of the St. John’s College Register.  This formality, however, will have to wait until we are together again on the Santa Fe campus.

Click here to see the recording of the full ceremony

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Orientation Schedule for Week of January 14-18

All orientation sessions are required for all new (graduate/undergraduate) and readmitted students unless otherwise stated. Most sessions will be held online on Microsoft Teams. All Zoom sessions will be noted in the session description. Links will be sent out in advance of session. All orientation sessions are in MST. This schedule is subject to change.

Download Full Orientation Schedule as PDF


Thursday, January 14

4–5 p.m. | Graduate Institute Office Orientation

Graduate Institute Students Only

This session provides an opportunity for new Graduate Institute students to speak with the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Ned Walpin, and ask any remaining questions they may have about St. John’s. It is also an opportunity to meet the rest of the Graduate Institute staff, Chelsey Hudson and Scott Hannan, who are valuable sources of information about St. John’s and are available to all Graduate Institute students.

6–7 p.m. | New Student Meet & Greet


This is a fun opportunity for all new undergraduate and graduate students to meet online. Hosted by Student Events.

Friday, January 15

9–10 a.m. | Academic Overview

All Students & Family Members

Meet the Dean, Assistant Dean, and Academic Fellow to review academic expectations at SJC.

10:15–11:15 a.m. | New Student Polity Session

New Undergraduate Students Only

A Zoom introduction to Polity, the Johnnie student government, along with its branches: the Johnnie Community Board and the Student Committee on Instruction. Family members will be participating in the Panel Discussion during this time.

Students, click here to join the Polity Zoom session.

10:15–11:15 a.m. | Panel Discussion

Family Members

Join the President, Assistant Dean, and the Executive Director of Campus Health and Wellness for an in-depth discussion answering the following questions:

  • Current health & safety protocols.
  • What will online be like?
  • How will hybrid work and how do you improve communications for the students who are on the computer and those that are sitting in class?
  • What do we do if our student is struggling online?

Note: this session is just for family members.

11:15 a.m. | Lunch Break


Have a great lunch! We’ll see you at the Student Support Overview session.

1–2 p.m. | Student Support Overview

All Students & Family Members

This is an introduction to the Student Handbook & college expectations. This session will provide information essential to your safety as a student and includes important information on Title IX and your rights as a student.

2:15-–3:15 p.m. | Library Orientation

All Students & Family Members

During this session you’ll learn how to access the extensive library services and resources that will support your academic journey here at the college.

3:30–4:30 p.m. | Student Activities Center (SAC) Orientation

All Students & Family Members

Meet the SAC coordinator and instructors who teach a variety of online movement and exercise classes. Our instructors are here to help you incorporate self-care and fitness into your daily life. We invite you to share your interests so we can support them with programming. Learn about our intramural program, designed for friendly competition & community building among your classmates.

6–7 p.m. | Daily Digest


This is an opportunity for students to discuss the orientation sessions from the day and have any outstanding questions answered.

Saturday, January 16

9–10 a.m. | International Student Session

International Students & Family Members

International students must attend this important session to fully understand the ins and outs of visa regulations while getting to know the international student-specific resources provided by the Student Life team.

Note: this session is only required for international students, we encourage all other students to prepare for their upcoming reading discussion and or their first seminar.

10:15–11:15 a.m. | Resiliency in College

Students Only

Meet the college therapists & obtain some stress management skills.

Note: this is a private session for new students only.

11:15 a.m. | Lunch Break


Have a great lunch. We’ll see you at the Fun with Finances question and answer session.

1–2 p.m. | Fun with Finances Q&A

All Students & Family Members

Join the Financial Aid team & Treasurer’s office for a question-and-answer session.

2:15–3:15 p.m. | Technology @ SJC

All Students & Family Members

Learn how to optimize your experience using technology as a Johnnie.

6–7 p.m. | Daily Digest


This is an opportunity for students to discuss the orientation sessions from the day and have any outstanding questions answered.

Sunday, January 17

9–10 a.m. | Email & Time Management

All Students

Is there a better way to manage my email? Am I using my time wisely? How can I stay organized? Join the Office of Personal and Professional Development (OPPD) for practical tips to make life easier as a busy Johnnie.

10:15–11:15 a.m. | Office of Personal & Professional Development

All Students & Family Members

Learn how the OPPD is your partner in preparing for life after graduation. Jobs? Internships? Finding a direction? We can help with it all. And it's never too early to start.

11:15 a.m. | Lunch Break


Have a great lunch. We’ll see you at Convocation.

2 p.m. | Virtual Convocation

All Students & Family Members

Click here to join us on Zoom for our virtual Convocation.

5:30–7 p.m. | “I Have a Dream”

Undergraduate Students Only

This is a practice seminar and a general introduction to the St. John’s College classroom by way of discussion led by Assistant Dean Michael Golluber, of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech delivered at the March on Washington in 1963. The reading is in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18, 2021, celebrating the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy.

Please view the video before the seminar and have the written transcription of the speech in front of you during our discussion.

Click here for speech link.

Click here for speech transcript.

5:30 p.m. | Meno Seminar

Graduate Students Only

The Meno seminar is required for all new graduate students. All participants should read Plato’s Meno in advance and have a copy of the text ready during the introductory seminar. This session is for the Graduate Institute students only. Scott Hannan will be emailing you the Zoom link for this session.

8–9 p.m. | Daily Digest


This is an opportunity for students to discuss the orientation sessions from the day and have any outstanding questions answered.

Monday, January 18

8–8:30 a.m. | Over 9000

Optional Students & Family

Join Luis on Zoom for Over 9,000, a fun and challenging fitness program with the main goal of improving one's quality of life through health and fitness. We lift, we run, we jump, we stretch, and do everything in between so as to gain proficiency in every and any physical task. Our methodology is all inclusive, varied, intense, functional, and powerful. Be sure to check the SAC schedule for future classes.

8:30–9 a.m. | Johnnie HIIT

Optional Students & Family

High Intensity Interval Training. Get a super effective workout in just 20 minutes. Cardio, core, and strength with inspiring music too! Calorie burning class! No equipment necessary. All levels welcome.

9–9:30 a.m. | Meditation

Optional Students & Family

De-stress with Nanette at this morning meditation session.

9:30–10 a.m. | Yoga

Optional Students & Family

Continue to shed the stress with yoga led by Annie.

10 a.m. | Break


Take a break, rest your eyes or continue prepping for your first seminar.

1–1:30 p.m. | Iron Bookworm Workout

Optional Students & Family

Join SJC Tutor Krishnan Venkatesh for a combination of traditional calisthenics, martial arts conditioning, and Chinese and Indian wrestling exercises. Beginners and all levels welcome.

12:30–4:30 p.m. | Free Time for Seminar Prep

All Students

Don’t forget to prep for your first seminar which is scheduled for one of the following times: 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. MST. Please be sure to check your individualized student schedule for your specific seminar start time. Your tutor will be sending you the link to your specific seminar session.

4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. | First Seminar

Undergraduate Students Only

Your study at St. John’s College begins with your first Seminar on Zoom, a two-hour conversation. We hope it is thrilling! Please be sure to check your individualized student schedule for your specific seminar start time. Your tutor will be sending you the link to this session.

Note: this session is for students only.

6:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 9:30 p.m. | Post-Seminar Mingle

Undergraduate Students Only

Continue the conversation on Zoom with students & tutors. The presidential fellow for academic support will be emailing you the link soon.

Note: this session is for students only.

Thank you for joining us for our virtual orientation. Please see the Welcome Back schedule for the next two weeks’ events below.

Santa Fe Freshman Orientation Finding Meno Fall 2019

Fall New Student and Family Orientation FAQ

1. When is orientation?

Orientation is Thursday, January 14 through Monday, January 18. All sessions are required unless otherwise stated. Some sessions have a particular audience it caters to, so be sure to read the session description.

2. Who is required to attend orientation?

All new first-time students and returning students who did not attend Fall/Winter 2019/2020.

3. What platform will be used for orientation?

A majority of orientation will be on Microsoft Teams. A few sessions will utilize Zoom. The orientation schedule will inform you of which platform will be used for your session. We encourage all students to get familiar with their SJC email and Microsoft Teams before we begin orientation on Monday, August 24.

4. Where can I find the Zoom links?

All non-academic zoom sessions with have the link embedded in the title on the orientation schedule. All academic session Zoom links will be sent to you from the academic team, so please check your SJC email often.

5. What is Convocation, who should attend, and where can I find the link?

Convocation is your formal entry into St. John’s College, and it is attended by the faculty, staff, and student body. Families are invited to view this ceremony, rich in tradition, as each student is officially inducted into the college. The link to convocation is embedded in the orientation schedule and can also be found on our website.

6. Does my camera have to be on during the sessions?

It is up to you whether or not you would like to have your camera on during the sessions.

7. Can we chat in the chat section?

Yes you can, and please ask questions in the chat so that the moderator can ask them when it’s time for questions in the session.

8. Will I have to mute myself?

We ask that all participants enter the meeting muted but we will have IT support to help manage that throughout the sessions.

9. Where can I find the orientation schedule?

You will have access to the schedule and all meeting links. You will have a copy sent to your SJC email address, we will have a copy on our website, and your calendar invite for each day’s events will have the day’s schedule within them.

10. What time zone will the orientation sessions be scheduled?

All orientation sessions are scheduled in Mountain Time. We encourage all students and families to plan accordingly.

11. What if I have never been to campus before? When am I able to visit?

For now, campus is closed. We will inform students and their families if this changes.

12. What technology is required to participate in virtual orientation?

Students will need to have reliable access to the internet from a device that has a screen and sound. Students will be able to use either a personal computer, tablet, or smart phone.