Parents & Families

Parent & Family Orientation

Parent & Family Orientation Information - Class of 2021
Download a PDF of the 2017 Parent and Family Orientation schedule here.

Tuesday, August 22


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

8:30-10:30am (East, Brown, Wilson, Gilbert-Addams, Bell Tower, Giles)
11:00am-12:30pm (Alspaugh, Blackwell, Southgate)
1:30-3:00pm (Epworth, Bassett, Pegram, Jarvis, Randolph)                                                                                                                                     


Duke and Durham History
The University Archivist presents an entertaining look at the history and traditions of Duke that will make the Class of 2021 (and their family) part of a proud history.
Location: Richard White Lecture Hall, East Campus 


Meet the Professor Next Door
Among the people living on East Campus with members of the Class of 2021 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. Anne Allison and Dr. Charles Piot
103 Bassett – Dr. Catherine Admay
409 Bell Tower – Dr. Kimberly Lamm
136 Blackwell – Dr. Patrick Charbonneau 
103 Brown – Dr. Jasmine Cobb
201 Epworth – Dr. Bradley Rogers
114 Gilbert-Addoms – Dean Sue Wasiolek
103 Giles – Dr. John Blackshear
103 Pegram – Dr. Hsiao-Mei Ku
103 Randolph – Dr. Christine Folch 
111 Southgate – Dr. Zbigniew Kabala
217 Wilson – Dr. Christopher Roy
Note: East Residence Hall residents may stop by 201 Epworth and Jarvis residents may stop by 217 Wilson.


A Taste of Duke
Take a break from unpacking to join other families and students for a Southern-style dinner.
Location: Gazebo Quad, East Campus


Student Athlete Parent Meeting
Parents of student athletes should plan to attend this meeting led by members of the athletic administration.
Location: Richard White Lecture Hall 107, 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: Page Auditorium, West Campus


Parent’s Reception
Join other parents and University staff for this intimate, low-key music experience. Light refreshments provided. Space is limited.
Location: Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Flowers Building, West Campus

Wednesday, August 23


Student Life Presentation
Join members of the Student Affairs team as they offer greetings to discuss the University’s partnership with parents and families.
Location: Page Auditorium, West Campus


Pratt Parent and Family Meeting
Location: Griffith Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus


Trinity Parent and Family Meeting
Location: Page Auditorium, West Campus


New Student Convocation
President Vincent Price and Dean of Undergraduate Education Steve Nowicki welcome new students and celebrate the beginning of a new academic year. Please be sure to arrive early as the procession will begin promptly. Any student overflow seating will be in Goodson Chapel. The President’s Picnic will immediately follow convocation on Abele Quad.
Location: Griffith Theater (Bryan Center), Reynolds Theater (Bryan Center), and Page Auditorium, West Campus / Julian Abele Quad, West Campus 


Departmental Resource Fair
Learn about the many resources and services available for your students.
Location: Penn Pavilion, West Campus


Safe and Secure @ Duke
At Duke, safety and security is a shared responsibility, and students are valuable partners in helping the Duke University Police Department (DUPD) maintain a safe campus community. Chief of Police, John Dailey, will be available at the end of the program to address specific questions.
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.
Location: 148/149 Student Wellness 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.
Location: Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Bryan Center, 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. Location: (Formal Program) Reynolds Auditorium, Bryan Center, West Campus / (Reception) Schaefer Mall, Bryan Center, West Campus