August 21-22, 2024 Warrior Welcome: Parent Orientation Schedule

Parent Orientation header 2021

We look forward to welcome new Warrior families. The schedule below is continuing to be updated, but a special highlight for parents and families to be aware of is the concluding Service of Commitment on Thursday. 

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Wednesday, August 21, 2024

8:00 am - 11:00 am: Dorm Move-In 
Note: move-in assistance concludes at 11 am.

First Year Students:
8:00am - 8:30am  A - Da
8:30am - 9:00am De - I
9:00am - 9:30am J - M
9:30am - 10:00am N - R
10:00am - 10:30am S - V
10:30am - 11:00am W - Z

Transfer Students:
8:00am - 9:00am A - M
9:00am - 10:00am N - Z

8:30 am - 2:00 pm: Parent Welcome Tent
Check in and get your name tag. If you have not yet registered, please stop by the tent for on-site registration.

8:30 am - 1:00 pm: Parent Council Hospitality Tent
Meet fellow parents as you check in, and enjoy light refreshments and conversation. You’ll also find experienced parents at Page, Emerson and Clark. 

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Campus Walking Tour (Option 1)
An informative and enjoyable walk around the campus will combine knowledge of our historic campus with personal student experience.
Location: Front of Kerrwood Hall.

11:00 am - 1:30 pm: Lunch
Your lunch time is determined by your student’s move-in time. Please follow the schedule below to alleviate congestion.
Move-in from 8-9 a.m. 11-11:45
Move-in from 9-10 a.m. 11:45-12:30
Move-in from 10-11 a.m. 12:30-1:30*
All Transfer Students 12:30-1:30*

Meal tickets for visiting parents and family to enter the DC are provided at check in based on your selected registration. Otherwise, you can pay at the door. 
Location: Dining Commons.

1:00 PM: What to Expect as a Westmont Student Athlete         
New athletes and parents are invited to connect with other incoming athletes and hear from athletic administration, coaches and current athletes about what to expect as a student athlete at Westmont. This event is for varsity sport athletes only. For athletes and parents, see also the Thursday afternoon session called "Supporting Your Student Athlete."
Location: Page MPR

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm: Alumni Parent and Student Dessert Reception
Celebrating multiple generations of Warriors. Parents (and other family) who are Westmont alumni and their students are invited to a dessert reception with President Gayle D. Beebe. A group photograph of alumni with your incoming student will be taken on Magnolia Lawn at 2:35 p.m.
Location: Upper Magnolia Lawn (in front of the library).

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Welcome Session
Join us for this celebratory opening event of Orientation 2024 in the Murchison Gym. President Gayle D. Beebe will extend an official Westmont welcome, followed by an introduction to this year's Orientation Team and a message from our Campus Pastor.
Location: Murchison Gym

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Overview of Student Life
Parents and guardians, stay where you are following the Welcome Session. At Westmont, life outside the classroom offers a rich combination of activities, residential living and developmental experiences. Get an overview of the major areas and leadership of all parts of student life.
Location: Murchison Gym.

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Welcome BBQ Picnic for Parents
Relax on Kerrwood Lawn and enjoy a great catered BBQ dinner of tri-tip and chicken, while you get to know other parents and guardians. Please note that students will eat dinner with their Orientation small groups.
Location: Kerrwood Lawn.

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Out-of-Area Parent Resources
Whether you live outside of California or far enough from Santa Barbara to require a lengthy drive, come connect with fellow parents and gain valuable perspective from parents who know the ropes. All parents are welcome!
Location: Porter Theatre

Thursday, August 22

8:00 am - 5:00 pm: Prayer Chapel Open Hours
Stop in the prayer chapel to lift up prayers for your student and the college as classes get ready to begin.

8:45 am - 9:15 am: Continental Breakfast
Join us in Page Hall for continental breakfast!

9:15 am - 10:00 am: President Beebe Welcomes Parents & Families (Spanish translation available)
President Gayle D. Beebe welcomes you to the Westmont community, examines the value of a Westmont education in today’s world and highlights the college’s priorities. He will answer questions, and members of his executive team will add insights and suggest ways to support your student.

Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room.

10:00 am - 10:45 am: Core of the Classroom 
Our provost will share the unique qualities of a Westmont education. Professors and students will highlight the special nature of faculty-student relationships at Westmont.

Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room.

10:45 am - 11:30 am: Parents Council Perspectives 
Meet our Westmont Parents Council members and learn how they’ve navigated their student’s college life, gain practical parental insights about the Westmont experience and get answers to your questions.

Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room.

12 -1:30 pm  Intercultural Programs Lunch 
Location: Magnolia Lawn
Students of color, international, missionary and third-culture students, and Cultural Diversity Awardees and their families are invited to hear about the programs and opportunities associated with Westmont's commitment to diversity.


11:30 am - 1:30 pm: Lunch
Have lunch off campus or on campus in the Dining Commons. Meal ticket provided at check-in based on your registration, or simply pay at the door. 

Parents & Guardians select from one of the following sessions:

   2 - 3 pm: COVE Career Center Session
   COVE Career Center: Discover how you can work with us as we prepare your student for a major, a mission, and meaningful internships and careers. 
Location: Winter 210

   2 - 3 pm: Students' Care Session
   Student Care: College comes with unique challenges for students. Learn about college emotional health, how to support your student, and ways to cultivate healthy communication patterns from the start. Further, hear about our on campus support services including our physician directed Health Center and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Presenters: Rob Hughes '04, Director of Health Services and Eric Nelson, Associate Dean of Student Wellbeing / Director of CAPS.
Location: Global Leadership Center's Simmons Center

   2 - 3 pm: Chapel, Worship, & Spiritual Development Session
   Hear Scott Lisea ’88, our campus pastor and assistant to the president for church and community relations, present his vision of chapel, our community life and the spiritual development of your students.
Location: Porter Theatre.

   2 - 2:30 pm: Student Success Session
   The Center for Student Success is a very important resource for all incoming students. Each new Warrior is assigned a Student Success Coach and is strongly encouraged to take advantage of the support and services offered by the center to help each student thrive at Westmont.
Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room.

2:30-3:15 pm: Supporting your Student Athlete 
Collegiate athletics presents new challenges and opportunities for the student athlete. Parents of varsity athletes are invited to hear from athletic administrators and coaches about how you can best support your student and help them thrive in their first year as a college athlete. 
Location: Page Hall Multipurpose Room.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Service of Commitment 
Join faculty robed in traditional academic regalia for this formal ceremony of welcome into the Westmont community. Students will sit separately from parents and take their First Walk at the end of the service, which anticipates their Last Walk at Commencement. Student attendance expected.
Location: Murchison Gym.

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Families Say Goodbye
Students and families say goodbye before students head off to dinner with their section and families leave campus.

Weather: Santa Barbara is usually quite warm at this time of year. You are strongly encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle--you'll find filling stations around campus.

Dining Commons: If you've selected the option in your registration, a lunch or meal ticket for Wednesday and/or Thursday will be included in your materials at Parent Orientation check in. Otherwise the DC is cashless and accepts all credit cards and Apple Pay.