We’re glad you have chosen to be part of the Kenyon community and look forward to welcoming you to your new home on move-in day, Aug. 21, 2021.

Orientation Schedule

We will post a more detailed schedule in the summer. Until then, here are a few important dates as you plan your trip to Gambier. 

Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

  • Residence hall and Orientation check-in

2 - 5:30 p.m.

  • Orientation kick-off (students and family members)

  • Parent and family Orientation

  • Student Orientation groups and Orientation programming

5:30 p.m.

  • Dinner for all students

  • Dinner for legacy students and parents

  • Dinner for first-generation student and parents 

7 - 9 p.m.

  • Student Orientation programming (students only)

Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021

 10:30 a.m.

  • Opening Convocation: You and your classmates are formally welcomed to the Kenyon community during Convocation. Families are warmly invited to attend.

Sunday Aug. 22 - Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021

  • Student Orientation programming (students only)

Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021

  • Classes begin

First-Year Traditions

  • Opening Convocation

    This is your first official march down Middle Path, between rows of gown-clad professors. Four years later, you do it again at Commencement.

  • First-Year Sing

    It sounds hokey, but it’s a great bonding experience. It’s also an initiation into Kenyon vocabulary, where you discover words like ‘Kokosing’ and ‘asphodel.’

  • The Matriculation Book

    Future novelist John Green signed it. So did future film star Allison Janney. Every October, after the Founders’ Day ceremony, the newly settled first years page through this remarkable book, then add their own names.

“Here you will be pushed hard to think, to question, to research, to read and to write, all with astonishing clarity; you will form friendships that will last a lifetime.”

President Sean Decatur
speaking at Opening Convocation to the Class of 2024

First-Year Experience

Don Miller, director of the First-Year Experience
Phone Number
Email Address
Gund Commons
101 E. Brooklyn Street
Kenyon College
Gambier, OH 43022