To families: To better ensure the health and well-being of our community and campus visitors, all parent sessions will now be virtual. Families are still welcome to assist students with residence hall move in and are encouraged to connect with the parent/alumni team at check-in before grabbing a box lunch. Please also remember to wear a mask inside all buildings during your visit to campus.

Friday, January 14

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Orientation and Residence Hall Check-In, Gund Commons Ballroom

Families are also invited to stop by the welcome table in the Gund Gameroom, and beverages will be available in the upper level atrium. Following check-in at Gund Commons, students and families may move into their residence hall.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch, Gund Commons Upper Level Atrium

Box Lunches will be provided for students and family members.

2 p.m. Orientation Kick-Off

Students meet in Thomas Hall in Peirce Hall, where they will be officially welcomed by President Decatur and other members of the administration and recite the Matriculation Oath.

Family members may view a livestream of this event. Viewing details will be available at check-in.

3 - 3:45 p.m. Student Orientation Groups, multiple locations in Peirce Hall

  • Group 1, Peirce Pub, (Lower Level Peirce)
  • Group 2, Bemis  Lounge (2nd Floor Peirce)
  • Group 3, Alumni Dining Room, (Lower Level Peirce)
  • Group 4, Peirce Lounge (1st Floor Peirce)

3 - 5 p.m. Family Orientation Sessions, virtual

Parent sessions will be on Zoom. Watch a recording of this event.

Zoom Link: January Orientation Parent Session (Meeting ID: 841 1761 1993)

  • 3:00 - 3:10 p.m.  Opening Remarks by Robin Hart Ruthenbeck, dean of student development 
  • 3:10 - 3:30 p.m.  Academic and Support Services, with Thomas Hawks, dean of academic advising and support
  • 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Student Life Panel
    James Jackson, interim senior director of campus life
    Mick Steiner, director of student engagement
    Rhea Debussy, associate director of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • 4:00 - 4:15 p.m.  Break 
  • 4:15 - 4:45 p.m. Campus Services Panel
    Chris Smith, director of health and counseling
    Samantha Hughes, civil rights /Title IX coordinator
    Michael Sweazy, director of campus safety
  • 4:45 - 5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks*
    Don Miller, director of first-year experience
    Xavi Boes, campus life assistant

3:45 - 4:15 p.m. Student/Faculty Interactive Sessions, multiple locations in Peirce Hall

4:30 p.m. Library Tour, Chalmers Library

5 p.m. Orientation Groups, Chalmers Library

5:30 p.m. Dinner 

Students will be provided with a take-out meal at the Peirce Hall servery. 

7:30 p.m. Student Residential Life Meeting, Gund Commons Ballroom

8:15 p.m. Building Your Kenyon Connections, Bingo Extravaganza, Gund Commons

*Parents depart on Friday. Orientation continues on Saturday for students.

Saturday, January 15

8:30 - 9:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Gund Commons Upper Level Atrium

9:30 a.m. Saturday Kick-off,  Peirce Hall*

Don Miller, director of first-year experience

9:45 a.m. Orientation Groups, multiple locations in Peirce Hall

  • Group 1, Peirce Pub, (Lower Level Peirce)

  • Group 2, Bemis  Lounge (2nd Floor Peirce)

  • Group 3, Alumni Dining Room, (Lower Level Peirce)

  • Group 4, Peirce Lounge (1st Floor Peirce)

10:30 a.m. Dean of Students Welcome, Peirce Hall

Robin Hart Ruthenbeck - dean of student development

10:45 a.m. Campus Resources, Peirce Hall

  • Thomas Hawks, dean of academic advising and support
  • Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Cox Health and Counseling Center

11:15 a.m. Campus Safety, Rights and Responsibilities, Peirce Hall

James Jackson, interim senior director of campus lIfe
Michael Sweazey, director of campus safety

11:45 a.m. Updates and Announcements, Peirce Hall

Noon Lunch, Peirce Hall, take out

1:30 p.m. Afternoon updates, Peirce Hall

1:40 p.m. Title IX Training, Peirce Hall

Samantha Hughes, civil rights/Title IX coordinator

2:35 p.m. Orientation Groups, campus tours

  • Group 1, Peirce Pub, (Lower Level Peirce)
  • Group 2, Bemis Lounge (2nd Floor Peirce)
  • Group 3, Alumni Dining Room, (Lower Level Peirce)
  • Group 4, Peirce Lounge (1st Floor Peirce)

3 - 4 p.m. Copenhagen Cohort Re-entry Presentation, Peirce Hall

4 - 4:30 p.m. Final Orientation Group

5 - 6 p.m. Dinner, Peirce Hall, take out

*Unless otherwise noted, all Peirce Hall meetings take place in Peirce's Thomas Hall.