Every year, on Move-In Day, we welcome both new students and their families to campus with Orientation programs. While students are meeting each other and settling in, the Family Orientation provides the opportunity to learn about the academic life students are beginning, gather information about campus services, and meet members of the campus community. Be sure to register to let us know you'll be here. 

College Gates

Welcome, Pomona Families!

Student with parents in residence hall.

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2019 Family Orientation Schedule

Please check back regularly for updated information. All information subject to change.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

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8 a.m. – Noon
Residence Halls Move-In, Orientation Adventure Check-In and New Student Registration
In front of Oldenborg Hall

8 a.m. – Noon
Family Registration and Continental Breakfast
Meet members of the Parents Leadership Council, pick up your parent information packet, grab some breakfast and help your student move into their new room.
In front of Sumner Hall

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
ReCoop/Clean Sweep Sale
Students can purchase gently used items for their rooms.
Second Street behind Mudd-Blaisdell and Gibson Halls

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bed Bath & Beyond Pop-up Store
Sumner Hall Lot (South End)

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Family Photo Booth – Capture The Moment! 
Take a commemorative picture with your student at our professional photo booth. Don’t forget to pick up your keepsake frame at the President’s Reception at 5 p.m.
Marston Quad

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Community Resource Fair
Representatives from Pomona College, The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS), service and support organizations and local businesses from the City of Claremont will be available to answer questions and provide information.
Marston Quad

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Family Lounge
For those “in between” times, parents and siblings can rest in this air-conditioned lounge to chat with other families and enjoy light refreshments.
Smith Campus Center – Fireplace Lounge

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Family and Student Welcome Luncheon
Join your student and members of the Pomona College community for a delicious meal featuring a selection of local food trucks. 
Marston Quad

1:15 – 2 p.m.
President’s Welcome to Pomona College
Families of entering students are invited to the first community address of the academic year by President G. Gabrielle Starr and members of College leadership.
Bridges Auditorium 

Information Sessions

2 – 2:45 p.m
Pomona’s Approach to the Liberal Arts and Academics (information session for families) 
Pomona College is a prime example of that uniquely American institution: the liberal arts college. As such, it prides itself on offering its students a form of education that combines the breadth and depth necessary for lifelong success and satisfaction regardless of their majors. At Pomona, we encourage our students to discover and follow their passions when choosing their classes and majors, knowing that, whatever their passions turn out to be, they will have everything they need to pursue them to the fullest and thus prepare themselves for the world that awaits them. 
Bridges Hall of Music​

3 – 3:45 p.m.
Campus Life 101: How Students Live and Thrive at Pomona (information session for families) 
Join the Dean of Students Office to learn more about Pomona support services designed to help your students thrive during their time at the College. This interactive session will provide an overview of offices and resources as well as an opportunity for you to ask questions and to connect with other parents. 
Bridges Hall of Music

Concurrent Sessions

4 – 4:45 p.m.

Global Pomona (information session for families) 
Join us for an interactive panel discussion about the growing number of international & domestic opportunities that equip students for leadership in an interconnected world. Faculty and staff of the offices of Study Abroad, the International Relations program, Career Development and International Initiatives, as well as the Draper Center, will highlight some of the experiences, activities and future directions that promote creative and diverse programs and expand global engagement. The panel is moderated by Mary Coffey, associate dean of the college; associate professor of Romance Languages and Literatures. 
Thatcher Music Building, Lyman Hall 

Mental Health, Disability and Wellness (information session for families) 
This session will give an overview of the resources and support available to students regarding mental health, wellness and disability as well as Pomona College policies and procedures regarding these areas. 
Smith Campus Center, Rose Hills Theatre

Pomona-Pitzer Athletics 101 (information session for families) 
Come and meet the Sagehen Athletic team and learn how you and your student-athlete can get the most out of our varsity sports programs. Key support areas including Sports Medicine, Student-Athlete Services and Sports Information will share important information on their roles and areas. This interactive session will also include coaches and former and current student-athletes in an interactive Q & A panel. Come and join us to learn more about exciting Sagehen Athletic updates and insights in to the varsity athletic program and the Division III student-athlete experience. 
Bridges Hall of Music

5 – 6:30 p.m.
President’s Reception for Parents and Family Members
President G. Gabrielle Starr will host a reception for parents and families, faculty and staff.
Smith Campus Center – Edmunds Ballroom

6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Farewell to Students
Take a few personal minutes with your student to say goodbye.
Marston Quad

7:15 – 7:20 p.m.
Enter Through the Gates
College Avenue and Sixth Street

7:30 p.m.
Families and Guests Depart