Move-In Day: Saturday, August 17, 2019 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Domestic students will be assigned a specific move-in time on Saturday, August 17th in late summer 2019. There will also be tours of campus available and several receptions to attend. Please make sure your student is settled and has had dinner by 5:00 PM when they have a required residential floor meeting. After their required floor meeting, your student will attend Convocation, our signature program for students and families, held at 7:30 PM in the Athletics Complex. Read below for more details about this University tradition.
Convocation: Thursday, August 17, 2019 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Convocation is the official academic welcome to the University. Join students, faculty, and administrators at this memorable event as the Chancellor welcomes all new students and families to the university. Speakers will include both a faculty member and a Washington University senior. Doors will open at 6:45 PM for parent and family seating. Seating in the Athletics Complex for families and guests is extremely limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note, the majority of seating in the Athletics Complex is limited to bleachers and requires the ability to climb stairs. Additional viewing locations with a live televised broadcast of the ceremony are available in Graham Chapel, Mallinckrodt Center’s Edison Theatre, Danforth University Center Tisch Commons, and Simon Hall’s May Auditorium. Guests with small children or mobility limitations, requiring the use of wheelchairs or chairs with back support, may want to consider these additional viewing areas. Families in the additional viewing areas will be closer to the Brookings Quadrangle where all new students will gather with their families to close the Convocation ceremony.
When you arrive to campus, you will receive printed versions of the Bear Beginnings: New Student Fall Orientation schedules.
The 2019 Bear Beginnings schedules will be released online in mid-July 2019.
Spending time with your student during Bear Beginnings
As you can imagine, your student will be very busy during Bear Beginnings. We encourage you to spend Move-In Day, Saturday, August 17, 2019, helping your student to settle into their residence hall room and complete off-campus shopping trips, if needed. The day will fly by quickly so please remember to have an early dinner with your student from 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM. All first-year students are expected to attend their required residential floor meeting on Thursday, August 23rd from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM followed by Convocation from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Transfer students are expected to attend their required welcome hosted by the Chancellor from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM followed by Convocation from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. We invite families to consider attending a career planning session while the students are busy before heading to Convocation. We conclude Convocation with a family tradition and special St. Louis treat so we hope you will consider attending if you are able to do so.
Students have required events on Sunday, August 18th – Sunday, August 25th. Students will be busy from 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM. We encourage families to have their goodbyes on Sunday evening as students will have limited free time and should be focusing on Bear Beginnings events and preparing for the start of classes on Monday, August 26th.