Opening Day, August 26

Orientation runs from Wednesday, August 26, 2015- Sunday, August 30, 2015. Below is a tentative schedule for opening day. There is time for parents to say farewell Wednesday afternoon. Please note that this is an evolving document and may change before you arrive. Please check back often for updates!


8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

G-Tech West Building

G-Tech, technical support for Gettysburg College students, will be available to address any technology related questions and concerns.


* 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Move-In East and West Quads

New students move into their residence halls.


* 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Information Tables Breidenbaugh Hall North Lawn, Lincoln Street

Stop by and learn about services the College and the Borough of Gettysburg offer. Open a bank account with PNC, or speak with representatives from Career Development, and talk with a representative from the Dining Center. You can also visit the College Bookstore or Bed Bath & Beyond tent for items to make your new room more comfortable.


* 10:00 am. - 2:00 p.m.
Hospitality & Information for Parents and Families
Stine Lake Gazebo and Breidenbaugh Lawn
Stop by our hospitality site locations and chat with current Gettysburg College parents. Get your questions answered, pick up a campus map, connect with parent resources, and refresh with water and cookies.


* 12:00 p.m.

Athletes and Families Welcome Session Bream Gymnasium

Winter and spring student athletes and their families are invited to attend a Department of Athletics Welcome Session in Bream Gymnasium at 12:00pm.  The coaching staff will be available and there will be brief remarks from the Director.   Families are encouraged to have lunch in the Dining Hall beginning at 11:00 a.m. Fall athletes will most likely be in practice or meetings, but families of those students are welcome to attend if they return to campus for Opening Day. 

Recommended time rotation at the Dining Center for Athletes:

11:00 a.m. Men’s/Women’s Basketball, Men’s Golf, Men’s/Women’s Swimming, Baseball, Men’s Lacrosse

11:20 a.m. Softball, Women’s Golf, Men’s/Women’s Tennis, Women’s Lacrosse, Wrestling, Men’s/Women’s Track & Field


* 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Student and Family Lunch Dining Center

New students and their families are invited to attend lunch in Gettysburg’s dining hall, affectionately known as “Servo”.


12:45 p.m.

Transfer Student Assembly & Course Advising Plank 110


1:00 p.m.

Orientation Group Assembly Stine Lake

This session for all new students will provide information about expectations during Orientation, an overview of the family welcome session, and details about Opening Convocation. It is also an opportunity to begin learning about living with a new group of people.  Students will assemble in orientation groups to meet their First-Year Team (Orientation Leader & Resident Assistant). Your Orientation Group assignment is posted on the door of your room.



* 1:00 p.m. Parents as Partners College Union Ballroom

This session is for families. New students will meet with their orientation groups at this time (see above).  This session will help parents anticipate the Gettysburg College student experience, understand how Gettysburg interacts with students and parents, and determine how best to support their student’s growing independence.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  



* 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sibling Social Junction

This open house session is for siblings and family members of the Class of 2019. It is a great opportunity to get out of the heat and relax. There will be ice cream, board games and a balloon artist. At the same time, new students will be meeting with their orientation groups and parents will be attending an information session.  Please note this is not a daycare service; there will be limited supervision at this event.

* 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Open Houses Various locations


Academic Advising, College Union Building, second floor


GRAB (Gettysburg Recreation Adventure Board), the Den, The Jaeger Center


Eisenhower Institute, 157 N. Washington Street


Hillel, 135 N. Washington Street


The Jaeger Center for Athletics, Recreation, and Fitness, W. Lincoln Avenue


Musselman Library, Library


Department of Public Safety, 51 W. Stevens Street


Women’s and LGBTQA Resource Center, Apple Hall Common Room

Garthwait Leadership Center, GLC Office, Plank Basement


Center for Career Development & Parent Leadership Council, Gazebo



* 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Opening Day Lounge for Families Norris-Wachob Alumni House

Now that the heavy lifting is done and you’ve moved your students into their residence halls, it’s time to relax. Come lounge in the living room of the Norris-Wachob Alumni House, where you can enjoy refreshments, take a breather, and meet other Gettysburg parents


2:30 p.m.

Dress for Opening Convocation, Residence Halls

Students will return to their rooms to dress for the ceremony. This is a formal event; please wear business casual attire. 


2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Campus Tour for Transfer Students


* 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

184th Opening Convocation Ceremony Pennsylvania Hall Lawn, North Side, Beachem Portico

All students and families will attend the formal welcoming ceremony for the class of 2019. This is a formal event; please wear business casual attire. The Faculty Processional will begin at 3:55 p.m.  This event will be live-streamed.


* 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Farewell to Families Alumni House Lawn

Take some time to say goodbye to your family while enjoying some light refreshments on the Old Quad (lawn between the Alumni House and Schmucker Hall).


6:15 p.m.

Dinner for the Class of 2019 Dining Center

6:15 - 7:45 pm
Dinner for Transfer Students
The Junction
Invitation Only.


* 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Distance Dinner (by invitation) Gettysburg Hotel

Buffet dinner for families traveling from a distance of more than 300 miles. Registration required. New students will attend their class dinner in Servo.


8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

First Floor Meetings Various locations

The First-Year staff and representatives from various campus departments will present information on expectations of living in the residence halls, relationships with Facilities staff, and safety.  First, students will meet as a building and then break into floor groups to discuss their community expectations for the year.  


9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Wednesday Evening Social Junction and Commons, College Union Building

* Families are invited to events marked with an asterisk

Events, Times, and Locations may change

Office of Residential & First-Year Programs

Building: College Union Building
Room Number: 250
Phone: (717) 337-6901
Office Hours: M-F 8:30-5:00, closed 12:00pm - 1:00pm for lunch
Campus Box: 430
Website: Residential & First-Year Programs


myFYDashboard and Course Registration Resources: 

Gettysburg E-mail

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