Parents/Guests

Thursday, September 9

8:30 a.m.–8 p.m.

SPU Bookstore

Visit our website for all your course needs, with web-order pick-up available at the back door. Exploring the SPU Bookstore in person? Hand sanitizer is available for use, and please have your mask ready. Download the My College Bookstore app for a 20% off coupon for one clothing item. Bookstore hours this week are Thursday–Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.


8–9:45 a.m.

Parents and Families Continental Breakfast

Tiffany Loop

If your student moved in on Thursday, Sept. 10, join us for a grab-and-go breakfast in Gwinn! No cost to students – they just bring their Falcon card if on a meal plan, or bring the meal ticket given to them at check-in, if they don’t have a meal plan. Students should be sure to wear their lanyards — that’s their entrance ticket!


8:00–9:45 a.m.

Commuter Check-In

Orientation Central (Student Union Building Gazebo Room)

If you’re a student living off-campus next year and did not check in on Wednesday, you’re invited to check-in this morning before Orientation events begin.


10–11 a.m.

Opening Welcome

Tiffany Loop

Welcome to the SPU community! Join us for an official introduction and welcome from SPU administrators, including President Pete Menjares. 


11:15 a.m. –12 p.m.

Student Success at SPU

Upper Gwinn

Learning happens all around the SPU campus. This session will be an overview of SPU’s curriculum, programs, and services that lead to your student’s success in and out of the classroom. Dr. Cindy Price, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Jeff Jordan, Vice Provost for Student Formation and Community Engagement, will lead this session and provide time for questions.


12–12:45 p.m.

Lunch in the Loop

Tiffany Loop

Enjoy a variety of local flavors as you meet other students and families at this complimentary lunch. Students meet back up with their Orientation leaders at 12:45 p.m. Make sure to wear your lanyards – that’s your entrance ticket!


1:15–2 p.m.

Leaving the Nest

Upper Gwinn Commons

Our students are not the only ones going through a significant life change. Join Student Life staff for a conversation about transition that parents, families, and students face as the college years begin. A time for connection and discussion follows. Facilitated by Chuck Strawn, Dean of Students for Community Life.


2–3:30 p.m.

Academic Forum | Coffee and Conversations

Upper Gwinn Commons

Provost Dr. Laura Hartley invites parents and guests to learn more about the purpose and unique qualities of an SPU education. Take the opportunity to connect with faculty after the Academic Forum! Refreshments provided.


4–5 p.m.

New Student Convocation

Tiffany Loop

Join faculty robed in traditional academic regalia for this formal ceremony of initiation and adoption into the SPU community.

(Parent and guest program concludes while student programming continues.)

Thank you for joining us!