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New Student Orientation isn’t just for students.

A family taking a photoFamilies aren’t required to participate, but we strongly encourage you to attend. Special programming is designed for siblings and parents or guardians. 

New students must RSVP on behalf of their families through the link in their 1Hope email account. This link will be sent out in mid-June.  

2020 Family Schedule


Friday, August 28

2–5 P.M Resource Room
 1–5 p.m. Siblings Program Info Table
 7:15–9:30 p.m. Windmill Island Getaway (ticket required, childcare provided)

Saturday, August 29

 9 a.m.–1 p.m.  Resource Room
 9–10:15 a.m. Family Opening Session & Reflection
 10:30 a.m. Siblings Program Drop-Off
 10:45–11:30 a.m.

Parent Seminar I (Choose one)

Klooster Center for Excellence in Writing      

Financial Matters                                                   

Explore Your Options: Off Campus Study       

Q&A with Chaplain Staff                                       

Your Student with Documented Learning Needs   

 11:30 A.m.–12:30 p.m. Generational Reception (by invitation)
 1–1:30 p.m. Chatting with Food Services
 1:30–2:15 p.m.

Parent Seminar II (choose one)

The Academic Transition

Teaching as a Faithful Profession

Building a Greater Community

Hope Parent Round Table

Your Hope Student-Athlete

 2:30–3:15 P.M.

Parent Seminar III (choose one)

The Residential Life Experience

Your Student's Health

Your Hope Student-Athlete

Boerigter Center for Calling and Career

Campus Safety

 3:15–4 P.M. Phelps Scholar Meeting (for families of Phelps Scholar participants)
4 P.M. FYS Meetings with students
 5 P.M. Siblings Program Pick-up
 6:45–9:15 P.M. Super Siblings Extravaganza
 7:30–9 P.M. Night at the Knick

Sunday, August 30

 10–11 a.m.  Worship Service
 1:50 p.m. Opening Convocation Processional at DeVos Fieldhouse (semi-formal attire)
 2–3:30 P.M. Opening Convocation (DeVos Fieldhouse)
 3:30–5 P.M. Time for Goodbyes & Family Photos

Time of Reflection

On Saturday morning, following the Family Opening Session, there will be a Time of Reflection for you to write a letter to your student. Materials will be provided. This letter can address the hopes and dreams you have for your student during their next four years at Hope and will be given to them upon completion of their senior year. We encourage you to bring a pen when you come to the Family Opening Session. Upon exiting the Time of Reflection, Orientation staff will be present to collect your letters, sealed inside your envelope. Please note, if you are unable to write your letter in the allotted time, Orientation staff will be collecting letters throughout the weekend at the following locations and events: The Bultman Student Center, Night at the Knick and Opening Convocation.

Schedules are subject to change. A final schedule will be provided on your arrival in August.