Saturday, August 18

  • 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Move-in for students living on campus
  • 1 - 3 p.m.: Check-in for students commuting to campus
  • 2:30 - 5 p.m.: Welcome Picnic (Quad)
  • 2:30 - 5 p.m.: Matriculation Book Signing (President’s Office)
  • 3:30 - 5 p.m.: Gown Distribution for Convocation (Hilary’s)
  • 4 - 5:30 p.m.: Office of Identity and Inclusion Reception
  • 5:30 p.m.: Students Line Up for Convocation
  • 6 p.m.: Convocation (Knights Hall)

Sunday, August 19

  • 8 -11 a.m. Parent and Family Orientation (Parents and families only) / Frazier Hall / See information session descriptions below.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Mass / Knights Hall  

    After mass, families will say "farewell" to students. Mandatory, student-only orientation activities begin at this time! Click here for more information on Knight L.I.F.E.

    Family Orientation Information Session Descriptions

    Session descriptions from Family Orientation 2017 are below. Please check back soon for updates and additional details for Orientation 2018.

    Academic Expectations and Realities: Supporting Your Student Through the First Year

    • Presenter: Dr. Jim Breslin, Dean of Student Success
    • Description: The academic challenges that come with transitioning to college are real and they can be stressful for everyone! At Bellarmine we educate students for life, not just for their first job after graduation. This session explores the academic realities of being a new college student, the challenges of being a parent of a new college student, and how we can all support them. We will discuss the kinds of expectations your student will encounter at Bellarmine and the many ways we create support networks and resources that foster long term student success. Whether you attend this session or not, please know that we will be here for them, from their first days on campus through graduation. Your student’s success matters to us at Bellarmine.

    Begin with the End in Mind

    • Presenter: Dr. Lilly Massa-McKinley, Director, Career Development Center
    • Description: The next four years will go by in the blink of an eye but rest assured; your child has access to all of the resources, guidance, and experiences that will allow them to discover where their passion and profession come together and make a successful transition from Bellarmine to their next destination. In the Career Center, we help all students pursue their pathway to meaningful work through individual advising appointments; career courses focused on self-discovery, career readiness, and internship preparation and success; and we are leading the charge on the Bellarmine Internship Guarantee. Relevant work experience is a basic requirement on most entry-level job descriptions today – and internship experience counts! As an upperclassman, your student will be eligible for the Summer Internship Scholarship and could participate in the Live.Work.Lead.Serve. internship program. Bellarmine also leads one of the largest in-person alumni networking programs in the country and each spring over 200 students are matched with an alum in their career field of interest for career support and guidance. With 70% of jobs found through networking, tapping into our Bellarmine alumni is a huge added bonus! This session will provide a roadmap for you and your child to access the Career Center programs and services EARLY, OFTEN, and ALWAYS!

    Campus Involvement for a Commuter Student

    • Presenter: Bryan Hamann, Assistant Director of Campus Traditions, Student Activities Center
    • Description: Developing a sense of a belonging is a critical component to anyone wishing to succeed in a new environment and is especially applicable to a student’s success in college. This program will address the many involvement opportunities and resources available on campus for students to engage with the Bellarmine community as they discover their place on campus as one of our newest Knights.

    Developing Workplace Competencies through Learning Abroad

    • Presenter: Bridget Klein, Office for Study Abroad and International Learning (OSAIL)
    • Description: With over 160 partner universities and programs in over 60 countries, Bellarmine University has the most extensive learning abroad options of any Kentucky University. EDUCATION ABROAD via study, teaching, internships, clinicals and service is a HIGH-IMPACT college experience, which generates deep learning and invaluable personal and academic gains that positively affect future employability in our global village. Come and find out the WHAT, WHERE, WHEN and HOW to EXPLORE THE WORLD with Bellarmine’s generous scholarships for learning abroad.

    Enhancing Abilities, Supporting Success

    • Presenter: Ronda Purdy, Disability Services
    • Description: Parents will learn how to transition their son/daughter with a disability into the world of higher education by supporting them in four main areas:
      • Know Yourself – Can your son/daughter talk about their disability, their strengths and weaknesses and do they know the accommodations they’ve used in the past?
      • Know the Law – A brief overview of how the laws that protect your son/daughter change from high school to college.
      • Know Your School – Each school has a different accommodation process. Your son/daughter will need to know how to initiate services, what accommodations are available and on-going responsibilities in keeping accommodations in place and;
      • Know Your Resources – Information will be provided about resources available to all students that contribute to their overall academic success and well-being. 

    Learning Communities: Understanding the Experience

    • Presenter: Jenny McIntosh, Director of Learning Communities
    • Description: If your student is participating in a Learning Community, you might be curious about what they will experience within and outside the classroom throughout their first year of college that is different than other students. This session will describe in more detail the course clusters, out of class opportunities, and support available to students participating in a learning community as well as the impact the experience can have on their success. Throughout this session you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Galileo, Brown, Rachel Carson, and Eureka communities. Learning Community faculty will be present to share how they approach the course curriculum. Past community members that now serve as learning community mentors will also be in attendance to provide their perspective on the learning community experience.

    Living in the Residence Halls: Establishing a Home Away from Home

    • Presenter: Leslie Maxie-Ashford
    • Description: Residence Life promotes student development by encouraging the student to live cooperatively in community, demonstrating good citizenship and character, and to become involved in the activities and leadership opportunities in the halls. Residence Halls are high energy, all-inclusive living-learning spaces. Research continues to indicate that students learn as much from one another as from the formal classroom setting. Please join us to hear more about how your student can find their home away from home here at Bellarmine.

    Mind, Body, and Spirit – Empowering your student to achieve holistic wellbeing

    • Presenters: Sean McGreevey, Dean of Students and Emily Werner, Associate Director of Campus Wellness
    • Program Description: Many college students overlook how much their overall health and wellness can impact their academic performance and personal success while attending college. Bellarmine strives to educate the whole student thus making it crucial to focus on their holistic wellbeing. As a parent or guardian, you can play an influential role by discussing wellbeing topics and ultimately empowering your student to develop healthy habits for life. Most notably are conversations around sleep habits, healthy coping, choices around alcohol, and relationships.
    • Program Outcomes: By attending this presentation, you will be able to: identify key issues related to health and wellness that your student may face in their transition to college. Reflect on opportunities to engage in conversations with your student related to these topics. List campus resources that can support and be helpful for your student.

    Parents of Student Athletes

    • Presenters: Andrew Schroeder and Erin Burke, Academic Advisors for Athletics
    • Description: Come meet the Academic Advisors for Athletics and learn about how we work to support the holistic success and overall wellbeing of our Knights. This program is designed to help the parents of student athletes know more about what to expect as their child transitions to college athletics and what types of support we offer here at BU. We will explain how we educate student athletes about time management, NCAA academic eligibility requirements, academic support services, travel communication, and more.

    Parent Transitions: Redefining Your Role and Supporting Your Student’s Success

    • Presenters: Dr. Melissa Gibson, Counseling Center Assistant Director & Dr. Gary Petiprin, Counseling Center Director
    • Description: The process of transitioning to college can be challenging for students and their parents. Both students and parents often experience anxiety about this transition. This program addresses ways in which parents can best support their students with issues such as homesickness, independence, and bouncing back from adversity. The program also allows parents to explore their own feelings associated with this transition and helps to familiarizing them with available resources at Bellarmine.

    Pioneer Scholars: Supporting First-Generation Students

    • Presenter: Lindsey Peetz-Murray, Pioneer Scholars & Pioneer Peer Mentors Director
    • Description: Is your student a first-generation college student, meaning that neither parent has graduated from a four-year college or university? If so, they are a part of a wonderful first-generation community at Bellarmine. This year approximately 40% of the freshman class is first-generation. This session will introduce you to the Pioneer Scholars Program which supports first-generation students to be the first in their family to complete a four-year degree through a peer mentoring program. Through small groups, first-year first-generation students are introduced to other first-generation college students, assigned a first-generation student mentor, and connected to resources on campus. Throughout this program you will learn the benefits to participating in Pioneer Scholars, hear experiences from current Bellarmine first-generation Pioneer Peer Mentors, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions that you have about Pioneer Scholars, Bellarmine, and how to support your student.