All events (except meals) are mandatory for new students and new transfer students unless otherwise noted.  Personal plans, athletic practices, and other activities must yield to this schedule.

For questions or concerns, please contact Sandy Cooke, Director of Student Affairs Operations and Civic Engagement, at (434) 223-6340 or

Thursday, August 23


8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Administrative Offices Open
8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Computing Center, Bortz Library
8:30 am - 4:00 pm - Campus Store, Graham Hall
8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Bortz Library
8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Post Office, Brown Student Center 
6:00 am - 7:00 pm - Fitness Center, Kirby Fieldhouse  
7-9:00 am, 12-7:00 pm - Leggett Pool, Kirby Fieldhouse
7:30 am - 4:00 pm - Student Health, Wellness Center

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 check in, pick up their room keys, verify Business Office information, receive The Key, review health forms, and be issued a decal for their registered vehicles.  The process should take 15-20 minutes. 

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 all fees.  

A student must register one vehicle online before matriculating. If you have not registered online beforehand, have your vehicle license plate number and year information with you at matriculation. If you are not bringing a vehicle to campus, students must contact the Business Office to request the vehicle decal fee be waived.  If you decide to bring a vehicle on campus later during the academic year, you must go to the Business Office to pay the vehicle decal fee and then go to Campus Police to pick up your decal within 48 hours of bringing the vehicle on campus.  Ticketing for parking violations and vehicles with no decals or no decals displayed will commence on Monday, August 27, 2018.

Students should take their bicycles to the Campus Police Department in order to register for bike decals.  (Need serial number of 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 New Student Move-In
Cushing Hall, Carpenter Dorms, Whitehouse
All residential students should report to their assigned housing following Matriculation. There they will meet their Resident Advisors and check into their rooms.    

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

11:00 am - 12:45 pm - Legacy Lunch
Chairman's Room, Settle Hall 
Sons of Hampden-Sydney Alumni and their families are welcome to share lunch together in Chairman's Room, Settle Hall, hosted by the Office of College Advancement. For more information, please contact the Alumni Office at (434) 223-6776.

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, Dean of the Faculty
Mr. Michael Good '19, 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.

Introduction to Academic Advising

2:10 pm - 3:10 pm   - Parent Advising Session (Free Time for Students)

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm  - Student Advising Session (Free Time for Parents)   

Students and their family members will meet with advisors for a brief discussion about 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. During Free Time, parents and students are encouraged to explore the Brown Student Center, visit the Esther Atkinson Museum, browse the Campus Store, or meet with RAs and Student Life staff.

Advisor Room
Dr. Dieudonne Afatsawo Bagby 312
Dr. Viktoria Basham Bagby 213
Dr. Steven Bloom Gilmer 005
Ms. Lisa Burns Bortz 200
Dr. Stan Cheyne Gilmer 019 w/Thurman
Dr. Erin Clabough Gilmer 131
Dr. Claire Deal Morton 113
Dr. Nicholas Deifel Gilmer 025 w/Wolyniak
Dr. Kevin M. Dunn Gilmer 222
Dr. John Eastby Morton 224
Dr. Caroline Emmons Maples 1
Mr. Jason Ferguson Morton 121
Dr. Kristin Fischer Gilmer 125
Ms. Lisa Franklin-Prioleau Brinkley 004
Dr. James Frusetta Brinkley 101 (Thompson Commons)
Dr. Sean Gleason  Morton 316
Dr. Ivo Gyurovski Bagby 310
Dr. Kristian Hargadon Gilmer 105
Dr. Gardner Harris Brown 203
Dr. Robert Herdegen Bagby 217
Dr. Abigail Horne Morton 223
Dr. Rebecca Jayne Bagby 106
Ms. Stephanie Joynes Brown 208
Ms. Teresa Laughlin Bortz, 4th Fl. Cabell Room
Mr. Berkeley Leonard Morton 120
Ms. Kathryn Lynch Bortz 217
Dr. Daniel Mossler Bagby 218
Dr. Marcus Pendergrass Bagby 111
Dr. Joseph Rockelmann Johns 207
Dr. Janice Siegel      Morton 216
Dr. Herbert Sipe Gilmer 220
Lt. Col. Rucker Snead Wilson Center 201 (Seminar Rm 1)
Dr. Hugh Thurman Gilmer 019 w/Cheyne
Dr. Thomas Valente Bagby 120
Dr. Alexander Werth Gilmer 128
Mr. Jordan White Morton 317
Dr. Daniella Widdows Bagby 307
Dr. Michael Wolyniak Gilmer 025 w/Deifel

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm - Class of 2022 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 (Attendance Mandatory - 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 (Attendance Mandatory - Coat and Tie Required)
Johns Auditorium
Mr. Connor Eads '19,  Student Court Chairman
Dr. Larry Stimpert, President of the College
Dr. Mike McDermott, 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.

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.  

Friday, August 24


8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Administrative Offices Open
8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Computing Center, Bortz Library
8:30 am - 4:00 pm - Campus Store, Graham Hall
8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Bortz Library
8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Post Office, Brown Student Center 
6:00 am - 7:00 pm - Fitness Center, Kirby Fieldhouse  
7-9:00 am - 12-7:00 pm - Leggett Pool, Kirby Fieldhouse
7:30 am - 4:00 pm - Student Health, Wellness Center

7:30 am - 8:30 am - Breakfast
Pannill Commons, Settle Hall    

8:30 am - 9:30 am - Group Advising Meetings
Same locations as "Introduction to Academic Advising"   

9:30 am - 11:00 am - Individual Advising Sessions (By Appointment Only) 

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

11:00 am - 2:30 pm - Individual Advising Sessions (By Appointment Only)

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Rhetoric Diagnostic Editing Test    
3:15 pm - 5:00 pm - Rhetoric Diagnostic Essay Test
(Attendance Mandatory)
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 whether new students have registered for 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-H)
Gilmer 005 (I-J-K)
Gilmer 222 (L and O)
Gilmer 105 (M and N)
Gilmer 125 (P)
Gilmer 124 (R and T)
Gilmer 025 (S)
Gilmer 220 (U-Z)

2:30 pm- 5:30 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.    

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Dinner

Pannill Commons, Settle Hall   

8:15 pm - 9:15 pm - Legal Issues for College Students (Attendance Mandatory - Casual Attire)
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.  They 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. 

Saturday, August 25  


10:00 am - 5:00 pm - Fitness Center, Kirby Fieldhouse
10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Pool, Kirby Fieldhouse
11:00 am - 4:00 pm - Campus Store
Closed - Bortz Library

10:00 am - 11:00 am - Brunch
Pannill Commons, Settle Hall
Students pick up their Tigers Serve t-shirts at brunch in Pannill Commons

11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Language Study Introduction
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

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm - Pre-Law Session (Optional)
Morton Hall, Room 224
Dr. Guy Burnett, Associate Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs
Hampden-Sydney College has a strong tradition of placing students in top law schools and many of our alumni go on to prestigious and important careers in law. The Pre-Law Session will explore the wide range of possibilities and opportunities for students interested in a career in the legal field as well as the steps to get there while at the College.  

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm - Pre-Med Session (Optional)
Gilmer Hall, Room 131
Dr. Kristian Hargadon, Elliott Associate Professor of Biology
Students interested in careers or graduate education in the health sciences (including medical school, dental school, and other professional programs in the health sciences) should attend this information session to learn about the exciting programs and opportunities that H-SC offers its pre-health students.  Information about course and extracurricular requirements that must be completed during the freshman year and beyond in order to pursue these paths will also be provided.    

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm -  Pre-Engineering Session (Optional)
Gilmer Hall, Room 128
Dr. Trey Thurman III, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
The Cooperative Program in Engineering with University of Virginia and the Dual-Degree Program in Engineering with Old Dominion University will be reviewed. Educational opportunities at the College supporting these programs will be discussed.  

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm ROTC Leadership Program (Optional)
Wilson Center, Room 101
Lt. Col. Rucker Snead (USA, Ret) '81, Executive Director of The Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest
This session provides an opportunity for freshmen to learn more about the opportunities available through participating in the Army ROTC Program at H-SC.   

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

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Tigers Serve! (Attendance Mandatory)
Students will find out the room location for the information session and project site from their Resident Advisor
New Students, Resident Advisors, and select Faculty members will build community by volunteering in service projects throughout the Farmville area.  

5:00 pm - 7:15 pm - Dinner
Pannill Commons, Settle Hall  

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Man Up Against Sexual Misconduct (Title IX Training) (Attendance Mandatory)
Johns Auditorium
The program provides definitions of rape and 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 therefore mandatory.   

9:15 pm - MIDNIGHT - Who Will Take the Hill
9:15 - 10:00 pm

  • Cushing - Report to Brown Student Center
  • Carpenter - Report to Lacrosse Field
  • Whitehouse - Report to Kirby Fieldhouse

10:15 - 11:00 pm

  • Whitehouse - Report to Brown Student Center 
  • Cushing - Report to Lacrosse Field
  • Carpenter - Report to Kirby Fieldhouse

11:15 - Midnight

  • Carpenter - Report to Brown Student Center
  • Whitehouse - Report to Lacrosse Field
  • Cushing - Report to Kirby Fieldhouse

Midnight - All meet at Whitehouse for THE FINAL CHALLENGE

Sunday, August 26


9:00 am - 8:00 pm  - Fitness Center,  Kirby Fieldhouse
9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Pool,  Kirby Fieldhouse
1:30 pm - 10:00 pm - Bortz Library

8:00 am - 12:00 pm - Opportunities for Worship (Optional)
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 - 1:30 pm - Brunch
Pannill Commons, Settle Hall     

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Substance Education  (Attendance Mandatory - Casual Attire)
Gilmer Classrooms 005, 012, 025, 105 and 220
Shawn White, Assistant Dean of Students for Substance Education.
Information will be presented on alcohol and other drug effects, risk factors, and intervention guidelines.   

1:00 pm - Cushing Residents Report to Gilmer
2:15 pm - Carpenters X & Y Residents Report to Gilmer
3:30 pm - Whitehouse Residents Report to Gilmer

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Active Shooter Safety Training (Attendance Mandatory)
Johns Auditorium   

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Dinner with the President and Mrs. Stimpert for all New Students (Attendance Mandatory - Casual Attire)
Middlecourt  (Rain Site: Snyder Hall, Kirk Athletic Center)
Dinner will be served to all New Students at the home of President and Mrs. Stimpert.

Monday, August 27 - CLASSES BEGIN

Tuesday, August 28

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

5:00-6:30 pm -  Convocation Picnic & Student Engagement Fair 
Graham Hall Lawn
(Rain Site: Pannill Commons for Dinner; Board Room and Chairman's Room for Student Engagement Fair) 

Representatives from many of Hampden-Sydney's clubs and organizations will have displays and information about their groups. Students can ask questions and sign up for organizations that interest them.

Thursday, August 30

7:30 pm - 8:30pm - Mock Honor Trial (Attendance Mandatory - 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.  Students will be able to witness Court procedures and learn more about the Honor Code. 

8:45 pm - 9:45 pm - Mock Honor Trial Small Group Discussions (Attendance Mandatory)
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.

For questions or concerns, please contact Sandy Cooke, Director of Student Affairs Operations and Civic Engagement (434) 223–6340 or