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Everything you need to know for Orientation 2018

On Wednesday, August 22, Gettysburg College will welcome new members of our community as 760 first-year students and 14 transfer students arrive on campus for Orientation.

“The entire Gettysburg College community has been working hard over the summer preparing for the arrival of the incoming students,” said Student Orientation Coordinator Bekah Hurwitz ’19. “Thanks to the work of our dedicated students, staff, and faculty, we’ve created an exciting Orientation program that we can’t wait to share. We look forward to welcoming everyone into our community!”

More than 200 volunteers will greet the new students and their families as they help with the move-in process. Traffic patterns around campus will be altered in order to facilitate unloading.

Move-In Day traffic pattern map.

Students will officially matriculate at the 187th Convocation ceremony.

The ceremony—which will be held rain or shine—will take place on the Beachem Portico on the north side of Pennsylvania Hall at 4 p.m. After a welcome from Hurwitz and an address from Religious Studies Prof. Megan Sijapati, the class will proceed through historic Pennsylvania Hall, marking their first steps as members of the Gettysburg College community.

The ceremony will be livestreamed and will have an alternate viewing location on campus in the College Union Building ballroom. In case of inclement weather, students and their families are encouraged to bring appropriate rain gear.

View the entire Move-In Day and Orientation week schedule.

The 16th annual First-Year Walk will be held the following day. Gettysburg College students, faculty, and staff will walk from the College to the national cemetery, recreating the walk taken in 1863 as members of the College community accompanied President Abraham Lincoln to the cemetery where he delivered the Gettysburg Address. Executive Director of Multicultural Engagement Darrien Davenport is the event’s featured speaker. Mayor Theodore Streeter will also speak at the event and welcome the incoming class by presenting Diana Biesecker '22 with a key to the town.

Other notable events for new students include Friday morning’s GIV Day, Saturday evening’s Experience Gettysburg event (a livestreamed forum offering perspectives from current students), and Sunday afternoon’s Field Day on Memorial Field.

Check out the top 10 Orientation experiences, view other College traditions, or watch Hurwitz and the Orientation student staff answer common questions via Instagram

Use #gburg2022 on Twitter and Instagram to join the conversation, follow the incoming class’s experience, and share your own Orientation stories. First-year students can stay up-to-date with everything Orientation through the Gettysburg College: Class of 2022 Facebook page.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Kasey Varner '14, senior assistant director of communications, 717.337.6806

Posted: Mon, 13 Aug 2018

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