Some of you may be wondering what happens during DU Parent & Family Orientation. As you may be deciding whether to attend, here are a few things to consider.
A schedule-at-a-glance can be found on the Discoveries Orientation website, but I will briefly explain some of the parent sessions that will happen on Sept. 1st and 2nd which many people like to plan their schedules around.
There are many other presentations planned besides the 3 I have listed below (such as Campus Safety, Health & Counseling, Study Abroad, Career Services, etc.) and they are very informative, but will also be repeated during events throughout the year so if you happen to miss them at Parent Orientation, you will have opportunities to see them another time.
These are the things that will not be repeated…
Resource Fair 12pm-3pm on Monday
This is a great way to get a lot of information about Student Life and resources at the University all at once. Several tables are set up for parents to talk with program administrators and there are several pieces of information you can pick up. This is an “on your own” type of event where you mill around from table to table.
Pioneer Passage 8:30am on Tuesday
This event marks your student’s entrance into the DU community. Students enter the gym in procession with their new classmates and are seated (in chairs) on the gym floor, while families are in the bleachers. A guest speaker, the Chancellor, and other administrators will give presentations. We usually have about 200-300 family members attend this event. It is a very nice official welcome to DU. After this event, students are swiftly on their way to their next activity as are parents. Student and parent sessions are not scheduled together, as you will find when you view the schedule on the Orientation website.
Keynote Speaker and Chancellor’s Q&A 1:30pm on Tuesday
This is the culminating event for parents and families. One of our own DU professors will be the keynote speaker this year. Dr. Lynn Schofield Clark will talk about the transition from parenting high school students to parenting college students. Her book, The Parent App, will be the basis for her presentation. Shortly following Professor Clark, Chancellor Rebecca Chopp will host a Q&A.
Visit the Parent & Family Orientation website for more information and to read through some frequently asked questions.