Orientation Friday August 19

8:30 am - 5 pm - All Administrative Offices Open
8:30 am - 5 pm - Computing Center
8:30 am - 5 pm - Campus Store, Extended Hours
8 am - 5 pm - Bortz Library
9 am - 3:30 pm - Post Office
6 am - 7 pm - Fitness Center 
7 am - 7 pm - Pool Hours

Each New Student Orientation session is intended to embody one or more of the four pillars of the Hampden Sydney Experience:

Better Learning      More Confident Men      Richer Community     Stronger Character

(NS) - Mandatory Event for New Students
(NTS) - Mandatory Event for New Transfer Students

9:00 am - 11:30 am - Matriculation for all New Students (NS) (NTS)

Richer Community 
Bortz Library 
Matriculation is the process of officially enrolling at Hampden-Sydney College.  All new students will officially check in, pick up their room key, verify Business Office information*, receive a copy of the student handbook (The Key) and other important information, review health forms, and register cars**, and bikes. They may also meet with a representative from the Financial Aid Office.  The process should take 15-20 minutes, depending upon how many students arrive at one time. Matriculation is mandatory for all new students. 

  • Students whose accounts are not current should arrive prepared to pay the Business Office (contact Ms. Marianne Catron, 434-223-6223, with questions regarding payment of tuition and fees).
  • Students who plan to have a car on campus will need their vehicle registration and license plate number with them when they matriculate.

9:00 am - 11:30 am - Reception for Families and Friends

Richer Community 
Bortz Library
Family members will have the opportunity to meet College officials and faculty members and to talk informally over refreshments while their new student completes the matriculation process. 

9:30 am - 1:30 pm - Residence Halls Open for Move-In of New Students (NS) (NTS)

Richer Community 
Cushing Hall, Carpenter Dorms, White House
All residential students should report to their assigned housing following matriculation.  There they will meet their Resident Advisors and check into their rooms.  

9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Student IDs  

Richer Community
Computing Center
Staff will be in the Computing Center to make IDs for Students who do not already have an ID (Also, the Computing Center will make IDs for students any day from 9:00am - 5 pm)
Room Phone Request forms will also be available.

11:00 am - 12:45 pm - Lunch

Richer Community
Pannill Commons, Settle Hall
Students are welcome to eat their first meal in "The Commons" with their families. 

11:00 am - 12:45 pm - Legacy Lunch 

Richer Community
Chairman's Room, Settle Hall
Students of Hampden-Sydney alumni and their families are welcome to share lunch together in the Chairman's Room of Settle Hall. All Legacy students will be notified about the Legacy Lunch by the Office of Institutional Advancement. 

1:00 pm - 1:45pm - Welcome to New Students, Families, and Friends (NS) (NTS)

Richer Community
Venable Hall Front Lawn (Rain Site: Kirby Field House)
Dr. Larry Stimpert, President of the College
Dean Anita H. Garland, Dean of Admissions
Dr. Mike McDermott, Interim Dean of the Faculty
Mr. Eric McDonald '17, Student Body President
Dr. David A. Klein '78, Dean of Students

Students and their families will learn what a Hampden-Sydney education means and gain insight into the next four years. 

2:10 pm - 3:10 pm (Student Session)
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (Parent Session)
Wellness Introduction: "Molecules that Monkey with Your Mind" (NS) (NTS)

Richer Community More Confident Men Stronger Character 
Snyder Hall
Introductory Remarks - Ms. Shawn White, Assistant Dean of Students
Linda Hancock, FNP, PhD, Frustrated Comedian

Hampden-Sydney College believes in promoting healthy minds and healthy bodies. In this often humorous and always informative session, Dr. Linda Hancock talks about personal health, wellness, and safety within the context of the college experience. This event is mandatory for all new students.

2:10 pm - 3:10 pm (Parent Session)
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (Student Session)
Introduction to Academic Advising (NS) (NTS)

Better Learning 
Advisors and Locations
Students and their family members will meet with advisors for a brief discussion of the role of the advisor and general academic requirements. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the academic program, and each student will sign up for an individual session with his advisor for Monday to discuss his specific academic plan.  

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm - Class of 2020 Student Ring Off (NS)(NTS)

Richer Community
Bell Tower 
All new students and their families will meet at the heart of campus, the beloved bell tower, to ring in the start of their first year at H-SC. 

New Students Say Good-Bye to Parents and Families

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm - Dinner

Richer Community
Pannill Commons, Settle Hall

7:30 pm - 8:45 pm -Honor Code Small Group Sessions (NS) (NTS)
(Coat and Tie Required)

Richer Community Stronger Character
All new students should be in their rooms and ready to be picked up by their Resident Advisors for the Honor Code meetings no later than 7:20 pm. From the small group sessions, students will head straight to the Honor Convocation at 8:45 pm. 

9:00 pm - 10:00 pm -The Hampden-Sydney College Honor Convocation (NS) (NTS) 
(Coat and Tie Required)

Richer Community Stronger Character
Johns Auditorium
Mr. Jimmy Mills '17, Student Court Chairman
Dr. Larry Stimpert, President of the College
Dr. Mike McDermott, Interim Dean of the Faculty 

The most important event during Orientation, the Honor Convocation will teach students what the Honor Code means at Hampden-Sydney. At the conclusion of the event, every student will sign the Honor Code Pledge. In addition, students will be formally welcomed into the Hampden-Sydney College Brotherhood of Men. The Honor Convocation is a coat and tie event and is mandatory for all new students.

10:15 pm - Hall Meetings with Resident Advisors (NS) (NTS)

Richer Community
Residence Halls
Students will meet with their hall mates and Resident Advisors to discuss community life in the residence hall and have questions answered.