Move-In Day: Thursday, August 23, 2018 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Students who are not participating in an early arrival program may move into their residence halls beginning at 8:30 AM on Thursday, August 23, 2018. You will spend this day helping your student get settled in his or her residence hall. There are also several receptions throughout the day you may choose 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 23, 2018 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.
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, Thursday, August 23, 2018, 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 a rather packed schedule on Friday. First thing Friday morning, they will participate in the Common Reading Program from 10:00 AM – Noon. Engineering students will begin even earlier attending their Dean’s meeting at 8:00 AM. All students, other than Engineers, have time built into their schedules from Noon – 1:30 PM to have lunch with family members who are still visiting campus. For students, the afternoon is filled with foreign language placement exams and open houses. Most open houses are structured to allow students and families to attend together if they choose. A series of resource and information sessions are also available to family members. All families are invited to attend the Chancellor’s Farewell Reception from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM while students complete their open house visits. All students have a window for dinner with families from 5:30 PM – 7:45 PM. If your family chooses to enjoy a meal off-campus, please make sure your student is back for their required floor meeting at 8:00 PM. Evening entertainment is provided for family members who are not traveling home until Saturday.
Students also have required events on Saturday and Sunday. Students will be busy from 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM. We encourage families to have their goodbyes on Friday evening as students will have limited free time and should be focusing on preparing for the start of classes on Monday, August 27th.