All events are mandatory attendance by new students and new transfer students unless otherwise noted.


8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Administrative Offices Open
8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Computing Center, Bortz Library
8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Campus Store, Extended Hours
8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Bortz Library
9:00 am - 3:30 pm - Post Office, Brown Student Center 
6:00 am - 7:00 pm - Fitness Center, Kirby Fieldhouse  
7:00 am - 7:00 pm - Leggett Pool, Kirby Fieldhouse
7:30 am - 4:00 pm - Student Health Center

Friday, August 18

9:00 am - 11:30 am - Matriculation for all New Students
Brown Student Center
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 the student handbook (The Key) and other important information, review health forms, and be issued their decal for their registered vehicle**.  Bicycles *** must be brought to the Campus Police Department to be registered and a decal issued. 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 the Business Office to request the vehicle decal fee be waived, if you are not bringing a vehicle to campus. Contact Ms. Marianne Catron, 434-223-6223, with questions regarding payment of tuition and all fees.

**Students must register only one vehicle online before they matriculate.  If a student does not register online beforehand, make sure you have your vehicle license plate number and year information with you at matriculation.

***Students should bring their bicycle to Campus Police in order to register (need serial number off the bike). 

9:00 am - 11:30 am - Reception for Families and Friends
Tiger Inn, Brown Student Center
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
Cushing Hall, Carpenter Dorms, Whitehouse
All residential students should report to their assigned housing following Matriculation. There they will meet their Resident Advisor and check into their room.    

11:00 am - 12:45 pm - Lunch Provided by the Office of Student Affairs
Pannill Commons, Settle Hall
Students are welcome to eat their first meal in "The Commons" with their families. 

11:30 am - 12:45 pm - Legacy Lunch 
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
Venable Hall Front Lawn (Rain Site: Kirby Field House)
Dr. Larry Stimpert, President of the College
Dean Anita Garland, Dean of Admissions
Dr. Mike McDermott III, Interim Dean of the Faculty
Mr. Sam Murphy '18, Student Body President
Dean Robert Sabbatini, 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   - Parent Session (Free Time for Students)

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm  - Student Session (Free Time for Parents - The Campus Store will be open along with the Brown Student Center, Bortz Library, Atkinson Museum, and Brinkley Hall.)

Introduction to Academic Advising  
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 Saturday to discuss his specific academic plan.   

Advisor Room
Dr. James Arieti Wilson Center, Hillen Room 102
Dr. Steven Bloom Gilmer 025
Ms. Lisa Burns Brown 208
Ms. Maryƛka Connolly-Brown Bortz 217
Dr. John Coombs Brown 203
Dr. Evan Davis Morton 112
Dr. Nicholas Deifel/Dr. Michael Wolyniak Gilmer 105
Dr. Jana DeJong Bagby 310
Dr. Eric Dinmore Maples 101
Mr. Jason Ferguson Morton 223
Ms. Lisa Franklin-Prioleau Bortz, duPont Room 200
Dr. James Frusetta Morton 224
Dr. Rachel Goodman Gilmer 125
Dr. Sarah Hardy Morton 121
Dr. Kristian Hargadon Gilmer 131
Dr. Marc Hight Morton 316
Dr. Dirk Johnson Bagby 312
Dr. Jonathan Keohane Gilmer 005
Dr. Lee King Westmerton
Ms. Teresa Laughlin Cabell Room
Mr. Berkeley Leonard Morton 216
Dr. D. Edward Lowry Gilmer 124
Dr. Daniel Mossler Bagby 218
Dr. Julia Palmer Bagby 217
Dr. Joseph Rockelmann Bagby 111
Dr. Renee Severin Bagby 307
Dr. Herbert Sipe Gilmer 220
Lt. Col. Rucker Snead Wilson Center 201
Dr. Hugh Thurman Gilmer 019
Dr. Jennifer Vitale Bagby 106
Dr. Jeffrey Vogel Maples 201
Dr. Helena von Rueden Brinkley Thompson Commons 101
Dr. Alexander Werth Gilmer 128
Mr. Jordan White Morton 120
Dr. Michael Wolyniak/Dr. Nicholas Deifel Gilmer 105

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm - Class of 2021 Student Ring Off
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**   

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm - Dinner
Pannill Commons, Settle Hall  

7:30 pm - 8:45 pm - Honor Code Small Group Sessions (Coat and Tie Required)
Residence Halls
All new students should be in their rooms and be ready no later than 7:20 p.m. for their Resident Advisors to take them to the Honor Code small group meetings. 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 (Coat and Tie Required)
Johns Auditorium
Mr. Skyler Robinson '18, 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 mandatory for all new students.)

10:15 pm - Hall Meetings with Resident Advisors
Residence Halls
Students will meet with their hall mates and Resident Advisors to discuss community life in the residence hall and have questions answered.  


8:30 am - 3:30 pm - Bortz Library 
9:00 am - 7:00 pm - Fitness Center, Kirby Fieldhouse
9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Leggett Pool, Kirby Fieldhouse
11:00 am - 4:00 pm - Campus Store

Saturday, August 19

8:00 am - 9:00 am - Breakfast
Pannill Commons, Settle Hall    

9:00 am - 10:00 am - Group Advising Meetings 

Same locations as "Introduction to Academic Advising"   

Individual Advising Sessions (By Appointment Only)  
10:00 am - 10:30 am,
11:00 am - 12:00 pm,
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm,
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

11:00 am - 1:00 pm - Lunch
Pannill Commons, Settle Hall  

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Language Study Introduction (Select Students Only)
Dr. Julia Palmer, Associate Professor of Modern Languages
All students signing up for language study are required to attend one of the sessions listed for Spanish, French, German, Latin, Greek, Chinese, and Russian. Students will hear a short introduction to the study of languages at the College.  

Spanish 100 - 200, Gilmer Hall 019
Spanish 300, Gilmer Hall 025
French 100 - 200, Gilmer Hall 105
German, Gilmer Hall 124
Latin and Greek, Morton Hall 112  (Placement tests are required for students interested in Latin.)            
Chinese, Gilmer Hall 005
Russian, Gilmer Hall 220

12:30 pm - 6:00 pm - Massages & Smoothies (Not Mandatory)
Brown Student Center, Student Organizations Room 
Stop by the Student Organizations Room in the Brown Student Center for a massage and smoothie by Aqua Massage sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs.  

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Rhetoric Diagnostic Editing Test    
3:45 pm - 5:30 pm - Rhetoric Diagnostic Essay Test
Gilmer Hall 
Dr. Katherine Weese, Director of the Rhetoric Program and Professor of English
These two tests are required of all incoming freshmen. The test results, along with data used for initial placement such as SAT scores, will determine if new students are enrolled in the appropriate level of Rhetoric. The tests are also required of transfer students who have earned fewer than six hours of credit in writing courses. Please bring two pens or pencils. 

Gilmer 019 (Last name A-J)
Gilmer 005 (K-L)
Gilmer 025 (M-N)
Gilmer 125 (O-P)
Gilmer 124 (R-T)
Gilmer 105 (S)
Gilmer 220 (V-Z)

3:30 pm- 6:30 pm - Rhetoric Proficiency Exam (Select Transfer Students Only)
Morton Hall Room 121
Dr. Katherine Weese, Director of the Rhetoric Program and Professor of English.
This test is required of all transfer students who have earned at least six hours of credit in composition courses at other institutions and who have been previously notified to take this exam. Please bring two pens. The Rhetoric Program will provide a dictionary and a grammar handbook in the exam room.    

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm - New Student BBQ 
Chalgrove Point (Rain location: Pannill Commons)
Meet the Student Affairs staff and enjoy music and great food catered by our local favorite, The Fishin' Pig.                   

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm - Brotherhood at Brown Student Center (Not Mandatory)
Brown Student Center
Movie, Ping Pong, Pool, Corn Hole and More!   


1:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Bortz Library 
9:00 am - 7:00 pm - Fitness Center 
9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Leggett Pool

Sunday, August 20   

8:00 am - 12:00 pm - Opportunities for Worship (Not Mandatory)
Various locations around Hampden-Sydney and Farmville
Refer to Local Church Profiles for information or contact the Orientation staff during brunch. The College Church service is on campus at 11 am.   

10:00 am - 12 pm - Brunch
Pannill Commons, Settle Hall  
Students pick up their Tigers Serve t-shirts at Pannill Commons 

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm - Resident Advisors Hall Meeting
New Student Housing Area
Meet your Resident Advisors in your housing area and he will lead you to the Tigers Serve location by 1 pm.  

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm - Tigers Serve
New students will meet up with their Resident Advisor in the New Student Housing Areas at 12:45 pm.
New Students, Resident Advisors, and select Faculty members will build community by volunteering in service projects throughout the Farmville area.  

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm - Dinner
Pannill Commons, Settle Hall     

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Legal Issues for College Students
Johns Auditorium
At this event, new students will have the opportunity to learn about the legal issues most often faced by college and university students around the nation.  You will also learn specifics about laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia from some of the most prominent and experienced professionals currently working in local law enforcement and criminal justice. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the discussion panel. Casual attire (This event is mandatory for all new students.)  

Monday, August 21


2:15 pm - 3:15 pm - Solar Eclipse Viewing (Not Mandatory)
Brown Student Center
Eclipse viewing, meet at Brown Student Center, Office Student Affairs furnishing glasses for safe viewing. (Ninety percent solar eclipse at 2:30 p.m.)  

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - President and Mrs. Stimpert's Ice Cream Social for New Students 
All new students are invited to join President and Mrs. Stimpert for a dessert reception at their home. Casual attire  

Tuesday, August 22   

4:00 pm - Opening Convocation 
Venable Lawn  (Rain Site:  Kirby Fieldhouse) 

5:00-6:30 pm - "Picnic on the Point" Student Engagement Fair 
Chalgrove Point  (Rain Site: Pannill Commons for Dinner; Board Room and Chairman's Room for Student Engagement Fair) 
Representatives from many of Hampden-Sydney's clubs, organizations, and social fraternities will have displays and information about their groups. Students can ask questions and sign up for organizations that interest them. Students who conducted summer honors research projects will also present their findings on the ground floor of Settle Hall.

Wednesday, August 23 

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Substance Education (Attendance Mandatory - Casual Attire)
Brown Student Center, 2nd Floor

6:00 pm - Cushing Residents Report to Brown Student Center
7:00 pm - Carpenters X & Y Residents Report to Brown Student Center
8:00 pm - Whitehouse Residents Report to Brown Student Center

Shawn White, Assistant Dean of Students for Substance Education.
Information presented on alcohol and other drug effects, risk factors, and intervention techniques.

Thursday, August 24   

7:30 pm - 8:30pm - Mock Honor Trial (Coat and Tie Required) 
Johns Auditorium
This presentation explores the types of cases that come to the Student Justice System and how the system works.  You will be able to witness Court procedures and learn more about the Honor Code. (The Mock Honor Trial is mandatory for all new students.)

8:45 pm - 9:45 pm - Mock Honor Trial Small Group Discussions  
Various Classrooms 
After the Mock Honor trial, small groups of students will discuss the trial and the Honor Code with Court members, faculty, and staff present to facilitate the conversation.  (The Mock Honor Trial Small Group Discussions are mandatory for all new students.)

Monday, August 28

7:30 pm - 9:00pm - Man Up Against Sexual Misconduct (Title IX Training)
Johns Auditorium 
The program provides a definition of rape and a definition of consent in reference to sexual activity. Man Up also provides safe and positive options for bystander intervention as well as information on risk reduction. Additionally, Man Up discusses the intersection of alcohol and sexual assault, frames sexual assault as a moral issue, deconstructs the impact of rape on the survivor and community, and debunks myths surrounding rape. (This program is Title IX compliant and is mandatory for all new students.)  

Wednesday, September 6

7:30 pm - 9:00pm - The Naked Truth About College (Attendance Mandatory)
Johns Auditorium
College can be a wild, unpredictable, and awesome adventure filled with unexpected surprises. New York Times bestselling author of The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College, Harlan Cohen, is coming to campus to share the naked truth about life in college. Harlan will address everything and anything during this hilarious, interactive, and brutally honest event. Bring your questions. He'll answer them live. Harlan has visited over 500 campuses and helped over 1 million students around the world. For more info visit: