Orientation Schedule

Students in green for convocation

Fall Orientation 2017 starts on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 for students attending international pre-orientation and AccessAbility pre-orientation, and starts on Friday, September 1, 2017 for all new students.

Students wanting to attend AccessAbility pre-orientation must be registered with AccessAbility Services by Friday, June 30th and will receive more information at that time. To register.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

International Students and AccessAbility Students Arrive

Welcome Center
Opens at 10:00am
Blanchard Campus Center
Welcoming all students, families and guests to pre-orientation! Join us for coffee, water or a quick snack.

International Pre-Orientation

Arrival and Check-in for International Students (mandatory)
All day; opens at 10am         
Blanchard 227
Orientation Leaders and the International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC) will meet international students arriving at Bradley International Airport. All other new international students should check in at Blanchard 227 where you will pick up your keys, receive your orientation materials and much more! Students and guests should get lunch on their own.

Campus Tours
2:00 – 5:00pm
Leave from Blanchard 227
ISOC members and Orientation Leaders will take groups of new international students on tours of campus. Learn more about where things happen at Mount Holyoke. Sign up for a tour in Blanchard 227.

Dinner in Ham-MacGregor Hall       
5:00 – 7:00pm
Dinner via the meal plan will be available for students.                              

Dessert Buffet and Social  
7:30 – 9:00pm                       
Blanchard Great Room
Stop by for great desserts, music, and conversation with new and returning students.

AccessAbility Pre-Orientation

Arrival and Check-in for AccessAbility Students (mandatory)
10:00am – 3:00pm  
Blanchard 227
Orientation Leaders and AccessAbility Services staff will greet students arriving. All students should check in at Blanchard 227 where you will pick up your keys, receive your orientation materials and much more! Students and guests should get lunch on their own.

3:00 – 3:45pm
Blanchard Great Room
Join the staff and peer mentors of the AccessAbility Office as they welcome students and their families and guests to Mount Holyoke.

Dinner in Ham-MacGregor Hall       
5:00 – 7:00pm
Dinner via the meal plan will be available for students. Students with their families and guests are also encouraged to check out the local area for dinner.

Movie Night with the AccessAbility Peer Mentors
In various residence halls
Join your peer mentors and other student leaders for a fun film, popcorn, drinks and a great opportunity to relax into your new Mount Holyoke home - MoHome!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

International Pre-Orientation

Breakfast in Ham Hall, MacGregor Hall, or Prospect     
7:00 – 9:00am                

Concurrent Sessions for students (mandatory)
9:00am – 3:00pm, with a break for lunch from Noon – 1:00pm
Meet your assigned group at 8:45am in front of Blanchard Campus Center.
New international students will be divided into six groups and rotate between the six sessions listed below.  

Session 1: Mandatory TB Test                        
Health Center
All incoming international students must complete the Tuberculosis screening at the Health Center.

Session 2: Student Financial Services Session                
Dwight 101
Representatives from Student Financial Services will explain financial aid and the regulations concerning Global Loans. Students will fill out required paperwork.  If you do not have need-based financial aid and do not have a Global Loan, you have some free time to engage with your group leaders.

Session 3: Introducing the Honor Code at Mount Holyoke             
Gamble Auditorium A
Faculty from the Academic Honor Board, Donna Van Handle, dean of international students, and Rachel Alldis, Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Residential Life and advisor to the Student Honor Code Council present an introduction to the Honor Code and explain its importance through role plays featuring current international students. This session will prepare students for the Honor Code pledge and signing of the Honor Code book during orientation.

Session 4: Transitions Abroad FAQ                         
Hooker Auditorium
Members of the International Student Organizing Committee (ISOC) and Orientation Leaders will answer your most pressing questions and facilitate a discussion of life at MHC and in the U.S.

Session 5: Discussion on U.S. Culture & Customs    
Jenkins Auditorium
Amy E. Markham and Annie Sullivan from the Admission Office, along with staff from the Division of Student Life, host a workshop to help smooth the transition into social life and customs in the US. This session covers the differences between U.S. and other cultures with regard to small talk, values, friendship, and invitations. This will be a fun and interactive session to decode social norms of American peers.

Session 6: Immigration Regulations                        
Gamble Auditorium B
Review of immigration regulations that apply to foreign citizens studying in the U.S.

Dinner in Ham Hall, MacGregor Hall, or Prospect Hall
5:00 – 6:00pm                    

Shopping Trip to Hampshire Mall
6:30 – 9:00pm                        
Mary Woolley Circle
Take this opportunity to purchase bed linen, pillows, and those odds and ends that did not fit into your suitcase.  Students will be in their assigned groups for the shopping trip.  Meet your group at 5:45pm at Mary Woolley Circle.

AccessAbility Pre-Orientation

9:00 – 9:30am
Blanchard Great Room

Accessing Accommodations and Services (for students, families and guests)
9:30 – 11:00am
Blanchard Great Room
Review Accommodation Letters. Learn the differences between accommodations in high school and college, specific accommodations and services available at Mount Holyoke, and policies and procedures students must follow in order to receive disability supports.

Dollars and Sense (for families and guests)
11:00 – 11:45am
Blanchard Great Room
Information about tuition, course credits, refund policy, financial aid, and the opportunity to have your questions answered.

Peer Mentor Introductions (for students)
11:00 – 11:45am
Wilder Common Room
New students, get to know your peer mentor and mentor groups!

11:45am – 1:30pm
Students are encouraged to lunch with their peer mentors; or join their guests for lunch off campus. Ham-MacGregor Hall and Prospect Hall are open for lunch.

Parent and Families Session (for families and guests)
1:30 – 3:00pm
Cleveland L2
Presentation for parents on ways to support your student’s transition to college and managing well-being as a college student.

Self-Advocacy Boot Camp (for students)
1:30 – 3:00pm
Cleveland L3
Focus on learning and practicing tools for improving communication with professors, peers, parents and others.

Closing Session (for students, families and guests)
3:00 – 3:30pm
Cleveland L2
Join AccessAbility Services staff for this closing session, to answer questions, review the day, and more.

Optional 1:1 Questions (for families and guests)
Cleveland L2
Opportunity for those parents and families who may have individualized, personal questions for the AccessAbility Services staff to have brief, private conversations.

Scavenger Hunt (for students)
Meet peer mentors outside of Clevelands
Physically locate key resources and departments on campus that will support your transition to campus and select accommodations too, as well as campus landmarks.

Friday, September 1, 2017

International Pre-Orientation

Breakfast in Ham-MacGregor or Prospect Hall
7:00 – 9:00am                

International Student Work Clearance (mandatory)
9:00 – 10:00am        
Gamble Auditorium
New students who plan to work on campus must complete required forms during this session (I-9 and federal/state tax forms). Bring your passport and I-20 form (F-1 students) or DS2019 (J-1 students).

Navigating Health Services & Counseling Service at MHC (mandatory)
10:30am – 11:30am            
Gamble Auditorium
Join Karen Engell, the Executive Director of College Health Services, and Beth Feeney, Ph.D., Director of Counseling Services, to learn more about the resources and services provided to students by these two areas.

All New Students

Welcome Tent and Family Resource Fair
8:00am – Noon
Woolley Circle
Room keys, Orientation schedules, breakfast, and a resource fair for new students and families.

Check-In and Welcome for Frances Perkins Scholars
10:30 – 11:30am
Dickinson Hall living room
Gather as a group before the President's welcome to learn about Orientation programming. Upperclass FPs will be on hand to answer questions, connect new and returning students, and help you make plans that pique your interest and needs for the rest of Orientation.

President’s Welcome
11:30am – Noon
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Words of welcome from Acting President Sonya Stephens.

Opening Day BBQ for New Students and Families
Noon – 1:30pm
Skinner Green
Rain location: Dining halls

Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) Open House
1:00 – 5:00pm
Atrium, WIlliston Library
Stop by for an introduction to the many resources LITS has to offer! While here, you can take a tour of our beautiful buildings, meet our fabulous staff, make a button, write on the Ask LITS wall, or grab a cup of coffee from Rao’s. Families, come see where your student will be living during finals!

Academic Advising (mandatory)
1:30 – 5:00 pm
Faculty Offices
Students meet with their academic advisors.

Parent and Family Orientation
1:30 – 5:00 pm
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall and various locations throughout campus
Student life and academic professionals discuss your student’s transition into college life at MHC.

President’s Reception for New Students and Families
5:00 – 6:00 pm
President’s Garden
Acting President Sonya Stephens welcomes new students and families. Cancelled if raining.

Ham-MacGregor, Prospect and Wilder Halls open for dinner
5:00 – 7:00pm

Dinner for Transfer Students
6:00 – 7:00pm
Jenkins Room, Admission Center
Meet your fellow transfer students as well as members of the administration and Orientation Leaders.

Meet Your Res Life Staff (mandatory)
8:00 – 9:00pm
Your Residence Hall
Students will meet in the common areas of their residence halls to get to know their staff and fellow new students. Then they will walk over together to enjoy the movie Dirty Dancing under the stars!

Movie Under the Stars: Dirty Dancing
Gettell Amphitheatre
Come join your fellow new students and cheer when “nobody puts Baby in the corner” because “Baby’s starting Mount Holyoke in the fall”!
Rain location: Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Welcome to College (mandatory)
9:30 – 11:30am
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Join the Division of Student Life and your Orientation Leaders to learn about social and academic life at MHC. A fun-filled session of community building, MHC facts, and insider tips on how to navigate your new college world.

Ham-MacGregor, Prospect and Wilder Halls open for lunch
11:30am – 1:15pm

Gender 101 (mandatory)
1:30 – 3:00pm
Gamble Auditorium
Students will learn about basic concepts of gender identity, and will develop the skills of gender etiquette that will be important during and after their time at Mount Holyoke College. Students will be split into two groups, and alternate between Gender 101 and Storytelling in Social Justice.

Storytelling in Social Justice (mandatory)
3:30 – 5:00pm
Various classrooms
In this small group session, students will delve further into definitions and topics of social justice, with the opportunity to learn more about each other’s stories. Students will be split into two groups, and alternate between Gender 101 and Storytelling in Social Justice.

Ham-MacGregor, Prospect and Wilder Halls open for dinner
5:00 – 7:00pm

Dessert at the Cultural Centers & Eliot House
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Cultural Centers and Eliot House
Students will have an opportunity to enjoy great food, games, and activities while visiting each Cultural Center as well as the Eliot House in order to learn more about the resources, programs, and affiliated cultural organizations in each space.

First Saturday!
8:00 – 10:00 pm
Chapin Auditorium
Come meet your fellow new students as you enjoy a summer night with music, food—and so much more!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Dining Services Information and Scheduling Meeting
8:30 – 11:30am
Hooker Auditorium
Paperwork required for student employment and Dining Services student worker dining hall schedules.

Ham-MacGregor, Prospect and Wilder Halls open for lunch
11:30am – 1:15pm

Be Well at Mount Holyoke (mandatory)
1:00 – 3:30pm
Chapin Auditorium followed by various locations throughout campus.

Come learn about all the well-being resources and services available to you as a member of the Mount Holyoke community, and set your well-being intentions for the year!

The Chapin session will be followed by an afternoon of breakout workshops to learn innovative ways to take care of yourself as you begin life at MHC.  All new students will register for workshops over the summer, so be on the lookout for more information.

Communication, Accountability, and Sexual Respect in our Community (mandatory)
4:00 – 5:30pm
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
A powerful theater piece designed to educate and start a dialogue about sexual violence prevention on our campus. The performance contains a series of vignettes with examples of consent conversations, bystander strategies, and stories of support for both survivors and those who have perpetrated violence. These fictional stories are written and performed by Five College students and staff. The cast and crew consist of sexual violence survivors, allies, consent educators, trauma counselors, and safer sex educators.

Abbey, Blanchard, Ham-MacGregor, Prospect, Rockefeller and Wilder Halls open for dinner
5:00 – 7:00pm

Honor Code Ceremony (mandatory)
8:00 – 9:00pm
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall

Mount Holyoke Traditions: Your First M&Cs (mandatory)
9:00 – 11:00pm
Reading Room & Atrium, Williston Library
Come join in one of the most delicious MHC traditions, Milk and Cookies! (In Mary Lyon's day, it was crackers.) Socialize with classmates and staff from Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) in the Main Reading Room, enjoy some cookies, and collect a special gift.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Kickin It with Campus Police (mandatory)
9:30 – 11:00am
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Members of Campus Police host this information session on the resources and supports available in this fun and interactive session.

Introduction to the Career Development Center
11:00am – 12:00pm
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
We will introduce career development services and resources for students, and discuss student employment and JobX (the student employment database). Join us to learn more about opportunities that await you as a Mount Holyoke student, including Nexus, internships, and the many avenues to pursuing your goals through The Lynk.

Abbey, Blanchard, Ham-MacGregor, Prospect, Rockefeller and Wilder Halls open for lunch
11:30am – 1:15pm

[Not so Secret] Secrets of Academic Success (mandatory for first year students)
1:00 – 2:30pm
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
This session will cover academic resources, keys to transitioning to MHC academics, general academic success tips, and a reflection on the kind of learner you are.

Academic Success for Transfer students and Frances-Perkins Scholars (mandatory)
1:00 – 2:30pm
Location TBD
This session will focus specifically on the transfer and Frances-Perkins experience, with resources provided by staff and students. It will cover academic resources, keys to transitioning to MHC, general success tips, and more.

Aware Today (mandatory)
2:30 – 4:30pm
Skinner Green; Rain location: Kendade Atrium and various classrooms
Come test your knowledge about ways to reduce your risks; build on skills to assess and help yourself and others to become Aware Today, Alive Tomorrow! This event will feature interactive stations about how to determine personal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC); ways to intervene in an alcohol emergency; understanding the effects of marijuana; learning about our Medical Amnesty policy; along with driving a golf cart on Skinner Green wearing Fatal Vision Goggles that simulate driving under the influence. Free ice-cream, T-shirts and other give-aways!

Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) Frances Perkins Scholars Welcoming Reception

2:30 – 3:30pm
Stimson Room

Enjoy refreshments with librarians and technologists and learn about resources and services that will help you succeed at Mount Holyoke in the Stimson Room of the library, followed by a quick tour of the LITS complex.

Abbey, Blanchard, Ham-MacGregor, Prospect, Rockefeller and Wilder Halls open for dinner
5:00 – 7:00pm

Orientation 101
8:00 – 9:00pm
Chapin Auditorium
Join in a tradition that helps you get acquainted with the ins and outs of life at MHC. The only prerequisite is a sense of humor. This is a spirited (and loud!) event with a great deal of cheering as the returning students welcome you into the community.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Class of 2021 Picture
Gettell Amphitheater

11:30am – 12:30pm
Gettell Amphitheater
Join Acting President Sonya Stephens for a ceremony marking the official opening of the academic year.

Convocation Picnic
12:30 – 1:30pm
Skinner Green
Rain location: Dining halls

Welcome Reception for New and Returning FPs
4:00 – 5:30pm
Dickinson Hall Lawn
Enjoy the company of your fellow FPs as you get ready for the start of classes. Rain location: Dickinson Hall living room.

Common Read Speaker: Claudia Rankine
7:00 – 8:30pm
Chapin Auditorium
Hear from this year’s common read author, Claudia Rankine, as she discusses her work Citizen: An American Lyric.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Class Begin for all students! Make sure to check out all of the opportunities, events and programs available as part of MHC’s Welcome MoHome, our weeks of welcome program.


Dance Department's Information Meeting
Studio Theater, Kendall Hall
Meet the Dance faculty and guest artists, learn about the dance department's curriculum, activities, performing opportunities, audition dates for choreographic projects and more.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Social Security Session for International Students
12:30 – 4:30pm              
Blanchard 318
All new international students who are on work study (and work on campus) AND all new international students who have a Global Loan from Student Financial Services must apply for a Social Security Card. Staff from the Holyoke Social Security Office will process applications. Bring your passport, original travel documents (I-20 or DS-2019), and a letter from your on-campus employer. For more information.