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Orientation is designed to aid you in your transition, integrate you into the life of the W&J community, and introduce you to the broad opportunities available at W&J. Below is the full schedule for Orientation. Please note that there are three schedules for incoming students to follow: New Student Orientation Schedule, Commuter Student Orientation Schedule, or Transfer Student Orientation Schedule.

To help you navigate campus during Orientation, please view our interactive campus map.


Save the Date: Transfer Student Meetup - Wednesday, August 30, hosted by the Center for Professional Pathways.  

Questions? Contact Dr. Vivienne Felix at vfelix@washjeff.edu 

Student Schedule of Events for Transfer Students

Friday, August 18

8:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. - Transfer Student Check-In, Student Life Suite (Rossin Campus Center - Third Floor). Temporarily park in the CPS Parking Lot, while you check-in with Student Life.  

10:45 a.m. - Meet on the Rossin Patio to walk down to the Academic Department Receptions. 

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Academic Department Receptions, The Tent on Olin Lawn 

Meet faculty members and learn more about W&J's range of academic programs. You are welcome to meet multiple Academic Departments! Here are the departments that you can visit at the tent: 

    • Art
    • Biochemistry 
    • Biology 
    • Business 
    • Chemistry 
    • Communications Arts 
    • Computing and Information Studies 
    • Conflict Resolution Studies 
    • Economics 
    • Education 
    • English 
    • Entrepreneurial Studies 
    • Environmental Studies 
    • First-Year Seminar 
    • Gender & Women Studies 
    • Health Studies 
    • History 
    • International Studies 
    • Mathematics 
    • Modern Languages 
    • Music 
    • Neuroscience 
    • Philosophy 
    • Physical Education 
    • Physics 
    • Political Science 
    • Public Service & Community Studies 
    • Psychology 
    • Religion  

12:00 p.m. – Lunch, Commons Café Hosted by Samuel Stanton and Dr. Melissa Cook, Parcel Room  

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Logging on: Using MyW&J & Sakai, W&J’s Classroom Management System, Tech Center Lobby  

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Workshopping on Preparedness, Various Locations

Your LINK will work with you to determine where your group will attend the following sessions.

Understanding College Level Work, Dieter-Porter Hall, Room 100 

  • Pax Gutierrez-Neal, Ph.D., Writing Center Director & PAL Tutoring Coordinator 
  • Richard Barber, Director for Academic Success 
  • Cecelia Lasley, Instruction and Student Success Librarian  

Communication & Leadership at W&J, Olin Fine Arts Theatre

  • Stevie Berberick, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication Arts 
  • David Holiday, Ph.D., Director - the Center for Ethical Leadership 

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.Dinner, Faculty Advisors Meet & Greet, Commons Café  - Parcel Room    

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - New Student Connection Event with your LINK, The Tent on Olin Lawn  

An orientation tradition at W&J - connect with your peers at this high-energy event! 

8:30 p.m. - Popsicles & Presidents, Tech Center Amphitheater 

Enjoy some popsicles and cool down after the Connection Event. 

8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Free shuttle to Walmart or Target will leave every 30 minutes from the Rossin Circle. 

Saturday, August 19

9:00 a.m. - Breakfast Basket with your LINK, Commons Café    

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Creating Connections for Transfer Students – Hosted by Dean Eva, Media Room  

 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. With GRIT, presented by Saul Flores, Olin Fine Arts Center Theatre 

Saul Flores (pronounced sah–ool), is a philanthropist, photojournalist, and speaker who is nationally recognized for his social impact projects. Through his most recent project, Saul documents the amazing lives of thousands of Latin American immigrants to fundraise for an elementary school in his mother’s hometown. 

His work has been featured on National Public Radio, MSNBC, and TEDX. Additionally, Saul has been featured as a keynote speaker for dozens of universities, inspiring audiences through his visual presentations, in which he helps people realize the capacity of their immense human potential given times of extreme adversity. 

 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Lunch with your LINK, The Tent on Olin Lawn 

Please note that this lunch will be in the tent and not the Commons Café. 

 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m - Breakout Experiences, Various Locations – 

These are two 1-hour sessions. Your group will switch to the other experience after you’re completed your session. 

    1. Intramurals & Fitness, Ross Recreation Center, Presented by Scott McGuinness, Director of Athletics
    2. Thriving at W&J, Media Room, Ski Lodge, & Parcel Room Presented by Dr. Shelly Lear, Director of Student Health Counseling & Damarion Geter, Staff Counselor

 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Tailgate Dinner, Ross Memorial Park 

Grab the shuttle to the Baseball Field at the Rossin Circle at 4:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m., or 5:30 p.m. Join the RA team for a tailgate dinner on the College baseball field. Enjoy tailgate food, yard games, and a friendly kickball game on the field. 

 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – The Inside Scoop Experience, The Hub for Student Success (Lower Level) 

Join the Belonging and Engagement team to grab a sundae at "The Inside Scoop." Enjoy a variety of activities to enjoy the rest of the evening. During the Fall Semester, Thursdays from 8:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. you can enjoy a free milkshake and activity at "The Inside Scoop." 

*Please note that the dining schedule is different for Sunday due to the off-campus experience and there will be a brunch instead of separate breakfast and lunch events. 

Sunday, August 20

10:00 a.m.Brunch, The Tent on Olin Lawn  

11:30 am Load Buses for Pittsburgh destinations, The Tent on Olin Lawn 

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Pittsburgh Day  
Students will have the opportunity to go to the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. Buses load at 3:00 pm for return to campus. 

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Dinner & Orientation Vacation, Rec Center and Henry Lawns, Henry Pool 

Take a final vacation before the school year starts and enjoy some of the best destinations this side of Washington, PA!
Destinations include: 

    • Presidents State Park with a rock wall, campfires, s’mores, mountain pies, and dirt desserts, on the Rec Center Lawn 
    • The Dubjay Beach Boardwalk with game booths, boardwalk food, axe throwing, giant beach ball volleyball and more on the Henry Lawn
    • Pete Henry’s Pool party with pool games and inflatables in the Henry Natatorium

The event will move to the Recreation Center if rain 

Monday, August 21

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast (optional) – Commons Café 

9:30 a.m. – Transfer Student Meeting - Hub Employer Lounge 

Meet Yafeu Rogier and Link Mentor(s). 

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Thriving Together, Presented by Mark Weir, The Tent on Olin Lawn 

Presenter Mark Weir helps will discuss how to create a healthy community and how to become your best self in College. 

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Conversations Lunch with SGA, The Tent on Olin Lawn 

Learn more about your peers during this interactive lunch experience. 

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Safeguarding Our Communities, Olin Fine Arts Center Theatre 

Lecture addressing sexual assault and the use/abuse of alcohol in campus settings. Introduction and closing presented by the Health & Counseling Staff. 

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Community Fair, The Tent on Olin Lawn 

Members of the W&J and local communities will welcome you to campus with some fun giveaways and explain what they can do to support you during your time at W&J! 

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Dinner, Commons Café 

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Athlete Meet-Up, Henry Gym 

An opportunity for athletes to network with other W&J athletes. Dessert and drinks will be provided. 

7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – PrezPlay Game Night: Smash Bros Tournament, Dance Dance Revolution, VR Room, etc. 

Win games at this event to receive tickets to be entered into prizes! Prizes include a Nintendo Switch, JBL Speaker, headphones, etc.  

8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Free shuttle to Walmart or Target will leave every 30 minutes from the Rossin Circle. 

10:00 p.m. - Late Nite Breakfast, Commons Café  

A W&J tradition every Finals Week! Come and enjoy a Late Nite Breakfast served by College staff and faculty.  


Tuesday, August 22

8:00 a.m. - Breakfast (optional), Commons Café  

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Transfer Student Meetup, the Ins & Outs of Academics, Rossin Ballroom   

9:00 a.m. Welcome – Dr. Melissa Cook 

9:10 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. Activity – Yafeu Rougier 

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Academic Support & Campus Resources  – Melissa Cook, Richard Barber, Pax Gutierrez-Neal, CPP

11:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Getting Connected - Ryan Smith & Margie Schill 

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Lunch in the Ballroom, with the Library  

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Walking Tour of Campus 

2:30 p.m. – Return to Your Building to Get Ready for Matriculation (Business Casual Attire), Your Residence Hall  

Please dress in business casual attire for the Matriculation Ceremony. 

3:30 p.m. - Class Photo, Old Main Lawn 

In preparation for Matriculation, all members of your entering class will gather for a class photo. 

3:45 p.m. – Line-up for Matriculation, Old Main 

Line up for the processional into the Matriculation Ceremony. 

4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Matriculation Ceremony, Ross Recreation Center 

*Business Casual Attire* 

The Matriculation Ceremony, which is the first of many traditions which you will experience as a W&J student. This tradition connects you with all the classes of students who have come before as you walk across the W&J seal. As a class, you will proudly walk across the seal once again at Commencement, which marks the completion of your journey as a W&J student. 

4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Crossing of the Seal, Old Main Lobby  

All new students at W&J take part in crossing the College Seal in Old Main after the Matriculation Ceremony. You will cross it once more at Commencement. This moment formally marks the beginning and end of your journey as a W&J student. 

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Rockin’ the Lawn hosted by President & Mrs. Knapp, Tech Center Amphitheater 

Celebrate the beginning of the new school year with the whole student body! Hosted by President John Knapp and Kelly Knapp.