Parents & Families

Parent & Family Orientation

Parent & Family Orientation is a two-day event designed to allow families to help their student move-in, learn more about Duke’s academic philosophy and student experience, and connect with Duke community members.

Class of 2023 Parent & Family Orientation will be held Tuesday, August 20 – Wednesday, August 21. We hope you will join us for both days!

**The schedule below reflects Class of 2022 Parent & Family Orientation, which occurred in summer 2018 and has been left on this site to provide you with an idea of the types of programs and events provided. We will post the Class of 2023 Parent & Family Orientation schedule of events in July.**

Parent & Family Orientation Information - 2018
Tuesday, August 21


Specific move-in times are dependent on your student’s residence hall assignment (times listed beside).

8:30am - 3:00pm 



Location: Richard White Lecture Hall, East Campus 

Duke and Durham History
The University Archivist presents an entertaining look at the history and traditions of Duke that will make the Class of 2022 (and their family) part of a proud history.


Meet the Professor Next Door
Among the people living on East Campus with members of the Class of 2022 are our Faculty in Residence (FIR), a special group of Duke faculty. Our FIRs foster faculty/student interaction outside the classroom and enhance the intellectual life of the residence hall through programming and exposure to other faculty. We invite you to stop by their residence at some point during this time frame to meet your student’s “next-door” neighbor.

4:00pm - 7:00pm 

Location: Gazebo Quad, East Campus

Zero-Waste New Student and Family Picnic 
Centered around community and sustainability, the Zero-Waste New Student and Family Picnic provide a "first-glimpse" into Duke Dining's program, where you can learn about Duke's commitment to sustainable initiatives, partnerships, and service. 


Location: Richard White Lecture Hall 107, East Campus

Student Athlete Parent Meeting
Parents of student athletes should plan to attend this meeting led by members of the athletic administration.

7:30 -8:30pm 

Location: Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus

A Year in the Life of a First-Year Student
This session will give you an opportunity to delve into the common events of a first-year student’s life at Duke. This program will feature student skits and panel, moderated by a member of the Student Affairs team.


Location: Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Flowers Building, West Campus

Parent’s Reception
Join other parents and University staff for this intimate, low-key music experience. Light refreshments provided. Space is limited.

Wednesday, August 22

8:00am - 9:00am 

Location: Penn Pavilion, West Campus

Student Life Presentation
Join members of the Student Affairs team as they offer greetings to discuss the University’s partnership with parents and families.

9:30am - 10:30am 

Location: Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus

Pratt Parent and Family Meeting

9:30am - 10:30am 

Location: Penn Pavilion, West Campus

Trinity Parent and Family Meeting 

11:00am - 1:15pm 

Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium (Upper Level), West Campus 

New Student Convocation
President Vincent Price welcomes new students and celebrates the beginning of a new academic year. Please be sure to arrive early as the procession will begin promptly. The President’s Picnic will immediately follow convocation.

12:30pm - 2:30pm 

Location: Wilson Gym, West Campus

University Resource Fair
Learn about the many resources and services available for your students.

1:00pm - 1:50pm 

Location: 148/149 Student Wellness Center, West Campus

Wellness at Duke
Learn about our holistic model and support system designed for our students. Join leaders from Student Health, Counseling and Psychological Services, DukeReach, and the Wellness Center as they discuss our intervention and prevention support.


2:00pm - 2:50pm 

Location: 148/149 Student Wellness Center, West Campus

Community Security - Duke University Police Department 
Join the Duke University Police Department (DUPD) leadership for an overview of the protective measures to support our students. Leaders will be available at the end of their address to answer any specific questions. 

3:00pm - 3:50pm 

Location: Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Bryan Center, West Campus

Creating Community: From Diversity to Inclusion
In Order to Form a More Perfect Union…
First-year students are going to be asked to become members of a vibrant, exciting new community at Duke University. This will mean that they will meet people who are similar to them and people who are very different from them. Join Campus Life directors in a conversation about building community.

4:00pm - 6:00pm 

Location: Penn Pavilion, West Campus

African and African-American Student and Family Reception
Students and families of African decent are invited to meet members of the university and Durham communities.