Sagehen Family Orientation 2024

Sagehen Family Orientation Banner Collage of four photos of various families

We Look Forward to Seeing You!

Cecil Waving on Marston Quad

Marston Quad

The College Gates

The College Gates

Smith Campus Center

Smith Campus Center

Family Orientation Information and Event Schedule

Please check this page regularly for program and location changes, additional updates and detailed event information. 

Families of the Class of 2028 and new transfer students are invited to attend Sagehen Family Orientation during New Student Move-In Day, Saturday, August 17. Once families have finished helping their students settle into their dorm rooms, all are welcome to join us for a community lunch in Pomona's dining halls. Students will depart to join their own activities. Orientation programming begins for families following lunch. Students and their families will meet up in the late afternoon for refreshments and the traditional Through the Gates event where Pomona's new students officially enter through the College gates. Schedule of events will be coming soon.

New Student Early Arrivals (Fall Athletes and International Students) 
Fall athletes and international students will be scheduled to move-in before August 17 and will be emailed to complete an Early Arrival form on their residence account. Once approved, early move-in students will receive specific check-in instructions via their Pomona email accounts. 

Pre-Orientation Events

New Fall Athletes and Families Early Arrival Welcome Events

Early Arrival Athletics Welcome Events

Please join us to hear from Director of Athletics Dr. Miriam Merrill as they discuss the student-athlete experience at Pomona and Pitzer.

Tuesday, August 13 | Athletic Move-In Reception for Football

Thursday, August 15 | Athletic Move-In Reception for Soccer, Cross Country and Volleyball

Please note: Your student will be attending this event per direction from their coaches. Please register for everyone in your family group who will join us.

International Families Welcome Dinner

Friday, August 16 | International Families Welcome Dinner

Pomona College

Hosted exclusively for international families by the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement.

Please note: Your student will have other programming at this time and will not be joining this dinner. This event is for parents and family members of incoming international students only. Please register for everyone in your group who will attend.

 

Week of August 12 | Fall Athlete early move-in begins
Wednesday, August 14 | International Student Move-in
Saturday, August 17 | Move-in begins at 8 a.m. with the expectation that all students arrive by 11 a.m. Visit the Fall 2024 Move-In Information page for additional details.

Save the Date for Family Weekend on November 1–2, 2024! Visit the Family Weekend webpage regularly for updates.

Family Orientation Program Schedule
Saturday, August 17

8 – 11:00 a.m. : Family Check-In / Student Move-In
Look for the Family Check-In tent adjacent to the student check-in area. Stop by to meet the Family Engagement team and Parent volunteers, pick up Family Orientation materials and ask any questions about the day. Then spend the morning assisting your student with settling in, explore campus or visit the Coop Store for Sagehen spirit-wear.

11:00 am – 1:30 pm: Frank Dining Hall
New students and families are invited to an all-community lunch prior to the afternoon sessions. Continue to meet other new Sagehens over refreshments in one of the most iconic and beautiful spots on campus, say hello to college staff, student Sponsors and O-Team members, and capture the moment at our pop-up photo booth! Event includes resource tables with representatives from key Pomona College offices, support organizations and campus community groups. Please join us, as our guests - families are asked to pre-register for this lunch for our planning purpose. Tickets will be required and will be distributed at the Family Check-In canopy.

Family Welcome and Information Sessions
Please note that post-lunch afternoon sessions are for family members only. New students will be participating in their own programming from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

1:30 pm – Welcome to Pomona!
Bridges Auditorium
Join President G. Gabrielle Starr, Dean of Students Avis Hinkson and Dean of the College Y. Melanie Wu for our official welcome to new Sagehen families!

2 – 2:45 p.m. - Helping Your Student Thrive at Pomona

Leaders from the Dean’s Office and Student Life team will provide key information about how parents and families can support our newest Sagehens.

Please attend your session at locations based on the first letter of your student’s last name:

  • Student last names A-C: Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center
  • Student last names D-L: Seaver Theatre
  • Student Last names M-R: Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building
  • Student last names S-Z: Seaver North Auditorium
3 – 3:45 p.m. – Breakout Sessions, choose one
  • Ask a Parent
    Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center
    A panel of current parents provide perspective and information via remarks and Q&A. Moderated by Dean of Students Avis Hinkson
  • More Than a Major: Academic Advising for the Liberal Arts
    Seaver Theatre
    Join Dean of the College Y. Melanie Wu at this panel discussion about Pomona's approach and philosophy around academic advising for students, from a true Liberal Arts perspective.
  • Supporting Student Wellness and Resilience
    Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building
    Pomona's Strategic Vision identifies student wellness - including mental and physical health - as a cornerstone of flourishing and success. Join Dean of Students for Academic and Personal Success Tracy Arwari in conversation with members of the Pomona’s Wellness Task Force as they share and discuss the resources available to our student community to support their health, wellness, and success at the College.
4 – 4:45 p.m. – Breakout Sessions, choose one
  • Ask a Parent
    Rose Hills Theater, Smith Campus Center
    A panel of current parents provide perspective and information via remarks and Q&A. Moderated by Dean of Students Avis Hinkson
  • More Than a Major: Academic Advising for the Liberal Arts
    Seaver Theatre
    Join Dean of the College Y. Melanie Wu at this panel discussion about Pomona's approach and philosophy around academic advising for students, from a true Liberal Arts perspective.
  • Athletics Families Info Session
    Seaver North Auditorium
    Families of athletes are invited to attend this session to hear from Athletic Director Dr. Miriam Merrill about the Student-Athlete experience at Pomona.
  • Supporting Student Wellness and Resilience
    Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building
    Pomona's Strategic Vision identifies student wellness - including mental and physical health - as a cornerstone of flourishing and success. Join Dean of Students for Academic and Personal Success Tracy Arwari in conversation with members of the Pomona’s Wellness Task Force as they share and discuss the resources available to our student community to support their health, wellness, and success at the College.
4:45 p.m. – Sweet Send-Offs Ice Cream Social, Edmunds Ballroom 

New students and families are invited to gather to conclude move-in day, capture some last photos and moments together, and say farewell over some sweet treats.
5:30 p.m. – Through the Gates, College Gates and College Avenue

Built in 1914, the College Gates mark the historical northern edge of the campus located at the intersection of Sixth Street and College Avenue. The Gates bear two quotes from Pomona's fourth president, James A. Blaisdell. On the north is "Let only the eager, thoughtful and reverent enter here,” and on the south is "They only are loyal to this college who departing bear their added riches in trust for mankind."

Following the Through the Gates campus tradition, new students walk south through the Gates during orientation as they officially enter campus. At the end of their time at Pomona, seniors walk north through the Gates during commencement weekend as they leave campus. Families and friends are encouraged to line College Avenue near the Gates to cheer on our newest Sagehens as they participate in this meaningful and symbolic tradition.

6 p.m. – Families Depart & New Student Orientation Programs Begin

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