Parents & Families

Parent & Family Orientation

Please note that the schedule below was for the Class of 2022 and academic year 2017-2018, we are leaving the schedule online to provide parents with a general understanding of what the Parent & Family Orientation schedule will look like for 2018; May 15th parents should check back for an updated schedule. 

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 beside).

8:30am - 3:00pm 

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


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 2021 (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 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.

4:00pm - 7:00pm 

Location: Gazebo Quad, East Campus

A Taste of Duke
Take a break from unpacking to join other families and students for a Southern-style dinner.


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: Page Auditorium, 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 23

8:00am - 9:00am 

Location: Page Auditorium, 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 Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus

Pratt Parent and Family Meeting

9:30am - 10:30am 

Location: Page Auditorium, West Campus

Trinity Parent and Family Meeting 

11:00am - 1:15pm 

Location: Griffith Theater (Bryan Center), Reynolds Theater (Bryan Center), and Page Auditorium, West Campus / Julian Abele Quad, 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.

12:30pm - 2:30pm 

Location: Penn Pavilion, West Campus

Departmental 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

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.

2:00pm - 2:50pm 

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.

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: (Formal Program) Reynolds Auditorium, Bryan Center, West Campus / (Reception) Schaefer Mall, 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.