Orientation Friday August 21

8 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

(F) - Mandatory Event for Freshmen
(T) - Mandatory Event for Transfer Students

9:00 am - 11:30 am - Matriculation for all New Students (F) (T)

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 (F) (T)

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.


10:45 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 Everett Stadium lounge. Legacy students will have a name badge with “Legacy” on it.


1:00 pm - 1:45pm – Welcome to New Students, Families, and Friends (F) (T)

Richer Community

Venable Hall Front Lawn (Rain Site: Kirby Field House)

Dr. Christopher B. Howard, President of the College

Anita H. Garland, Dean of Admissions

Dr. Dennis G. Stevens, Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Matthew Goodrich ‘16, 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”(F) (T)

More Confident Men

Richer Community

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.

N.B.   Hampden-Sydney College requires all first year and transfer students to complete a comprehensive alcohol education and prevention program during their first semester on campus.   Successful completion of the requirement is mandatory.  In order to successfully complete TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures), you are asked to adhere to Residence Hall programming under leadership of your Resident Advisor.


2:10 pm – 3:10 pm (Parent Session)

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm (Student Session)

Introduction to Academic Advising (F) (T)

Better Learning

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 2019 Student Ring Off (T)(F)

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 Freshman Year at H-SC.


**Students Say Good-Bye to Parents**


5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Dinner

Richer Community

Pannill Commons, Settle Hall


7:30 pm - 8:45 pm –Honor Code Small Group Sessions (F) (T)

(Coat and Tie Required)

Stronger Character

Richer Community


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 (F) (T)

(Coat and Tie Required)

Stronger Character

Richer Community

Johns Auditorium

Holden McLemore  ‘16, Student Court Chairman

Dr. Christopher B. Howard, President of the College

Dr. Walter C. McDermott, Associate 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 tile event and is mandatory for all new students.


10:15 pm – Hall Meetings with Resident Advisors (F) (T)

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.