Parent Orientation Schedule

See below for typical orientation happenings...

Visit the Parent Programs Table at New Student Check-in

Joyce & Walton Health & Wellness Center (McLane Annex)
Stop by the Parent Programs table while your son or daughter is checking in to say hello and pick up your copy of the AU Parent Handbook, Fall Family Weekend Tentative Schedule, Parents Mission Statement and Philosophy on Parents as Partners information.

Multicultural Parent Information Session

Kenyon/Allen Room, Powell Campus Center
Dr. Brian Saltsman, Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion will be moderating a “meet-and-greet” session for parents and families. This will include an introduction to some of the clubs, offices and staff available at AU for our community. It will also be an opportunity for parents and families to connect with one another. Light refreshments will be available.

Opening Picnic

Brick Lawn
All students and family members are invited to join the campus for our annual kick-off picnic.

General College Sessions and Advising Hours (Required for Students)

Various Locations
Students meet the college Deans. This will be followed by an advising session for students only.

  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – Miller Theater, Performing Arts Center
  • College of Business – Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center
  • Inamori School of Engineering – Ade Dining Hall
  • School of Art and Design/Performing Arts Division– Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall

Parents Welcome

McLane Center Balcony
Hear opening remarks from Alfred University’s President; information about our Parent Programs, a welcome from our Interim Provost and information from members of our Student Affairs Staff.

Long Distance Parenting

McLane Center Balcony
Presented by Dean of Student Wellbeing. Hear helpful suggestions and answers to such questions as “What is the parents’ role now?” and “What kind of support can families offer from afar?”

Allen Walk and Opening Convocation

McLane Center
Students process to McLane through “Allen Walk” to officially begin our 184th year of learning. Opening Convocation is an important event to welcome students to their new journey at Alfred University. We hope parents will stay to witness this memorable first lecture of their college career.

Free Time and Goodbyes Throughout Campus

This is the ideal time to help your son or daughter finish moving into their room, offer any last words of advice and encouragement, and say goodbye.

Dinner for Students

This dinner is for students only but area restaurants welcome parents. Please see the restaurant list in the Parents Handbook for suggestions.