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!


2019 Schedule - Parent & Family Orientation


Tuesday, August 20

8:00am– 3:30pm


Specific move-in times are dependent on your student’s campus and residence hall assignment. 

First-year students report directly to their East Campus residence hall during that hall’s assigned move-in window. 

8:00am – 9:00am        Trinity, Jarvis

9:30am – 11:00am      Gilbert-Addoms, Brown, Alspaugh, Wilson

11:30am – 1:00pm      Randolph, Southgate, Giles, Bassett

2:00pm – 3:30pm        Pegram, Blackwell, Bell Tower

Transfer students will need to pick up their room key at the Upperclass Housing and Residence Life Office (listed below) on West Campus before finding their residence hall room.

9:00am – 2:00pm      Craven - House D, Room 101R

2:30pm– 3:15pm

5:00pm– 5:45pm

The Tradition Continues: Duke and Durham History 

The University Archivist presents an entertaining look at the history of Duke that will make the Class of 2023 (and their family) part of a proud tradition.

Richard White Lecture Hall – Room 107, East Campus

3:00pm– 4:00pm

Meet the Professor Next Door

Among the people living on East Campus with members of the Class of 2023 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. 

103 Alspaugh – Dr. Bradley Rogers

103 Bassett – Dr. Catherine Admay

409 Bell Tower – Dr. Kimberly Lamm

136 Blackwell – Dr. Patrick Charbonneau

103 Brown – Dr. Jasmine Cobb

114 Gilbert-Addoms – Dean Sue Wasiolek

103 Giles – Dr. Zbigniew Kabala

103 Pegram – Dr. Hsiao-mei Ku

103 Randolph – Dr. Christine Folch

111 Southgate – Dr. Gabriel Rosenberg

0165 Trinity – Dr. John Blackshear

217 Wilson – Dr. Chris Roy

*Note – Jarvis residents may stop by 217 Wilson

3:15pm– 4:15pm

Transfer Family Meet-and-Greet

Meet other families of transfer students and some of the University staff who will be supporting your students throughout their Duke experience. 

The Oasis, Student Wellness Center, West Campus

4:00pm– 7:00pm

Zero-Waste New Student and Family Picnic

Centered around community and sustainability, the Duke Dining Zero-Waste New Student and Family Picnic provides a “first glimpse” into Duke Dining’s program, paves the way for new friendships, and demonstrates all that Duke Dining encompasses with regard to our sustainable initiatives, partnerships, and service. 

Gazebo Lawn, East Campus


Student Athlete Parent and Family Meeting

Parents of student athletes should plan to attend this meeting to learn more about expectations of their student and the experience of a Duke student athlete.

Richard White Lecture Hall – Room 107, East Campus

7:30pm– 8:30pm

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. The program will feature student skits and a moderated panel. 

Page Auditorium, West Campus


Jazz @ the Mary Lou – Parent and Family Reception

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

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


Wednesday, August 21


Student Life Presentation

Join leaders from campus life as they offer greetings to discuss the University’s partnership with parents and families. 

Page Auditorium, West Campus


Pratt Parent and Family Meeting

Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus

Trinity Parent and Family Meeting

Page Auditorium, West Campus


New Student Convocation

President Vincent E. Price welcomes new students and celebrates the beginning of a new academic year. Please arrive early as the ceremony begins promptly with a procession of faculty in academic regalia. Boxed lunches will be available for guests immediately following the program.

Cameron Indoor Stadium, West Campus


University Life Resource Fair

Learn about the many resources and services available for your student.

Wilson Gym, West Campus


Wellness at Duke

Learn about our holistic model and support system designed for our students. Join leaders from our wellness and health units as they discuss our intervention and prevention support.

Student Wellness Center – Room 148/149, West Campus 


Student Safety: Security and Support in the Duke Community

Join campus leadership for an overview of student support structures and safety measures at Duke created to promote student success.

Student Wellness Center – Room 148/149, West Campus 

3:00pm– 3:50pm

In Order to Build a More Perfect Community

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 staff in a conversation about building community.

Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity, West Campus

4:00pm– 6:00pm

African and African-American Student and Family Reception

Students and families of African descent are invited to meet members of the University and Durham communities. 

Penn Pavilion, West Campus