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 a Class of 2022 Parent & Family Orientation draft. We will post the final Class of 2023 Parent & Family Orientation Schedule of events in July. 

Parent & Family Orientation Information - 2019
Tuesday, August 20

8:00am – 3:30pm



Specific move-in times are dependent on your student’s residence hall assignment. Each first-year student will be notified in July with their residence hall room and move-in day assignment.

Location: Varies


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.

Location: Richard White Lecture Hall, 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.

Location: Varies/TBA


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, paving the way for new friendships and demonstrates all that Duke Dining encompasses with regard to our sustainable initiatives, partnerships, and service. 

Location: 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.

Location: TBA


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.

Location: TBA




Jazz @ the Mary Lou – Parent and Family Reception

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

Location: TBA



Wednesday, August 21


8:00am – 9:00am


Student Life Presentation

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

Location: TBA


9:30am – 10:30am


Pratt Parent and Family Meeting

Location: TBA


Trinity Parent and Family Meeting

Location: TBA


11:00am – 12:00pm


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. The President’s Picnic will immediately follow.

Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium


12:30pm – 2:30pm


University Life Fair

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

Location: Wilson Gym


1:00pm – 1:50pm


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.

Location: TBA


2:00pm – 2:50pm


Community Security & Safety

Join campus leadership for an overview of the protective measures at Duke designed to support our students.

Location: TBA


3:00pm – 3:50pm


Creating Community: From Diversity to Inclusion

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.

Location: TBA


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.

Location: TBA