Family Orientation

While your student will be starting their Fall Orientation experience, we will be offering a brief Family Orientation to help you get to know us and each other a little better.  Below is a schedule of our 2018 Family Orientation, which will be held on Saturday, August 18 and the morning of Sunday, August 19.

Please note that Family Orientation is not mandatory.  If you have prior commitments (or dropped your student off as an early arrival), please don't worry.  We're happy to answer any questions you have, either during check-in or by phone or email. 

Finally, please note that we request an RSVP by Friday, August 10th for the family reception and continental breakfast. There is no need to RSVP to the other sessions.   

Family Orientation Schedule

Saturday, August 18

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Dorsey Center Courtyard

Check in at the Dorsey Center. Please note that times are staggered based on your student's residence hall. As your student collects the necessary items to get settled in, you can enjoy a cup of coffee, mingle with staff, and learn about campus resources.

11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Refreshments with Hillel

First-Year Village Courtyard

Stop by the Hillel tent to cool off, and grab an ice pop, water, and cool swag! 

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Academics at Goucher

Kraushaar Auditorium

Learn about the foundations of the Goucher educational experience from Interim Provost Scott Sibley and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies Isabel Moreno-López. Get information about our academic requirements, the resources that are available to support your student, and faculty expectations of students. We will also discuss Goucher's academic policies.

4:15 – 5 p.m.

Change Happens!

Kraushaar Auditorium

Sending your child to college is a significant transition for any family, whether it’s your first time or your fourth. Please join Bryan Coker, vice president and dean of students; Monica Neel, director of student counseling; and Alexandra Graves, associate director for student support & outreach, to learn about what you should expect in the coming months and how you can help your student be academically, socially, and emotionally successful at Goucher.

5 – 5:30 p.m.

The Goucher Experience

Kraushaar  Auditorium

Join President José Antonio Bowen as he provides an overview of the Goucher educational  experience.

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Happy Hour

Ungar Athenaeum, Winslow Great Lawn

We hope you can join us for this celebratory gathering with faculty and staff. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided.

Sunday, August 19

8 – 9:15 a.m.

Continental Breakfast (With Students)

Dorsey  Center Courtyard


8 – 8:30 a.m.

Church Service (With Students)


Gather with Christian students and staff in an open and ecumenical service that will include song, prayer, scripture, and reflection. Led by Goucher Chaplain Cynthia Terry. All are welcome.

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Advice From Those Who've Been There

Merrick Lecture Hall

Get some last minute advice from some Goucher community members who've been right where you are - about to send a student off to college. Trishana Bowden P'19, P'22, vice president of advancement; Traci Martin, director of career education office; and Janet Shope P'12, associate provost for faculty affairs & professor of sociology, will share their words of wisdom about what to expect.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

New  Student Convocation

Kraushaar  Auditorium

Celebrate with your student as they mark the beginning of their academic journey with an induction into the community of learners at Goucher College.

10:30 – 11 a.m.

Goodbye Reception (With Students)

Dorsey  Center Courtyard

Students and families are invited to mingle with staff, faculty, and first year mentors before families head home and students continue with their orientation.

Family Weekend

Don't forget: Family Weekend is October 5-7, 2018!