Welcome, Pomona Families!

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!

Student with parents in residence hall.

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2018 Family Orientation Schedule

Saturday, August 25, 2018
Information subject to change.

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

8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
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. – noon
Student Vaccinations
Student Health Center

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
Fourth Street, between Bridges Auditorium and Oldenborg Center

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, rest in this air-conditioned lounge, chat with fellow parents and enjoy light refreshments.
Smith Campus Center – Fireplace Lounge

11 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

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Parent 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
Bridges Auditorium

Breakout Sessions

2 – 2:45 p.m
Campus Life 101 (information session for families)
Join Vice President and Dean of Students Avis E. Hinkson and members of her leadership team to learn about how to support your student in taking advantage of all Pomona College has to offer outside the classroom, including leadership and personal development opportunities, navigating key campus resources and getting connected to Pomona, The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) and surrounding communities. 
Bridges Hall of Music​

3 – 3:45 p.m.
What Parents Need To Know About the Liberal Arts College Now (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. Audrey Bilger, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college will moderate this panel discussion.
Bridges Hall of Music

4 – 4:45 p.m.

Pomona-Pitzer Athletics 101 (information session for families) 
Come and meet the Sagehen Athletics team and learn how you and your student-athlete can get the most out of our varsity sports programs. Hear from department leaders including Lesley Irvine, director of athletics and Angel Mason, senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator. 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 the varsity athletic program and the Division III student-athlete experience. 
Pitzer, Benson Auditorium

Global Pomona (information session for families) 
Join us for an interactive panel discussion about the growing number of international 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 and associate professor of Romance Languages and Literatures. 
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 Families and Guests
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