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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. The RSVP link will be available to your new student on June 20.

2017 Family Schedule

Friday, August 25

10 A.M.–4 P.m. Exhibition Sneak Peek (Kruizenga Art Museum)
 1–5 p.m.  Resource Room
 1–5 p.m. Siblings Progam Info Table
 7:15–9:30 p.m. Windmill Island Getaway (ticket required, childcare provided)

Saturday, August 26

 9 a.m.–1 p.m.  Resource Room
 9–10:15 a.m. Family Opening Session & Reflection
 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Holland Trolley Tours
 10:30 a.m. Siblings Program Drop-Off
 10:45–11:30 a.m. Parent Seminar I
 10:45–11:30 A.m. Campus Walking Tours
 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
 2:30–3:15 P.M. Parent Seminar III
 3:15–4 P.M. Phelps Scholar Meeting (for families of Phelps Scholar participants)
 5 P.M. Sibling Program Pick-up
 6:45–9:30 P.M. Super Siblings Extravaganza
 7:30–9 P.M. Night at the Knick

Sunday, August 27

 10–11 a.m.  Worship Service
 1:50 p.m. Opening Convocation Processional (semi-formal attire)
 2–3:30 P.M. Opening Convocation
 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.