Orientation Highlights

Click on each day's schedule for more details. The schedule is also described in this downloadable program.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Orientation and housing check-in, Lowry Center. You may check in at the Lowry Center any time between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and then move into your residence hall.  
  • 2 p.m. Opening session for students and families, Samuel Mather Lawn
  • 2:45 - 5 p.m. Orientation programming for students
  • 3 - 5 p.m. Orientation programming for parents and families
  • 6:30 - 8 p.m. Parent and family dessert reception

Saturday Schedule  Details

Sunday, August 22, 2021

  •  7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Convocation breakfast
  • 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, and the ceremony will also be livestreamed.
  • 11:30 a.m. Families depart campus after Convocation. 
  • 1 p.m. Orientation group meetings

Sunday Schedule Details

Monday, August 23 - Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Orientation programming for students

Monday Schedule Details

Tuesday Schedule Details

Wednesday Schedule Details

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Classes begin.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

  • 10:45 a.m. Orientation Group meetings on Ascension and Peirce Lawns
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Student Involvement Fair and lunch at the Lowry Center

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