Spring Parent and Family Orientation Schedule

Parent and Family Orientation will be virtual for Spring 2021 and will occur on Thursday, January 21, 2021. The Orientation team is looking forward to welcoming new parents and family members to the Georgetown community and providing an informative and engaging experience. All sessions will take place on Zoom, and links to these sessions will go live on January 21. Please contact family@georgetown.edu if you have any issues or questions.

To participate in virtual Parent and Family Orientation sessions, you must install Zoom on your computer, smart phone, or other device. Download Zoom here.

Parent and Family Orientation Help Desk

During PFO, a virtual help desk will be available to parents and families. The Orientation staff will be available to assist with questions or concerns, and can help direct you to a session. The Help Desk can be accessed through Zoom.

The Help Desk will be available to Parents & Families:
Thursday, January 21, from 9:30am – 7:00pm (EST)

Schedule of Events

All Spring 2021 Parent and Family Orientation events will take place on Thursday, January 21, 2021. Please see below for the time blocks, titles, and descriptions for each session. All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

To access a session, please click the hyperlink on the title of the session. Titles will be linked starting the morning of January 21, 2021. You must install Zoom on your computer, tablet, or smart phone in advance to access session.

10:30 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. (EST)

Academic Welcome Ceremony
The recording for this program is now available on YouTube. Click here to view the recording.

The Academic Welcome Ceremony is a treasured tradition for new students and their families during Spring Orientation. This is the ceremonial matriculation of new undergraduate students into the Georgetown academic community. Participation is mandatory for students and strongly encouraged for family members. Students will hear from the President, the Provost, their Deans, a fellow student, and participate in the Honor Pledge.

This year the ceremony will be virtual so more family members will be able to participate as witnesses to the event. Students, their families, and our speakers will be all around the globe but viewing together through the gift of technology.

3:00 P.M. – 3:50 P.M. (EST)

Welcome Session for Parents and Families
This session has now concluded. To view a recording of this session, click here.

Receive a warm welcome and hear about the student experience at Georgetown from key campus leaders. The session is hosted by Dr. Todd Olson, Vice President for Student Affairs. Speakers include Fr. Mark Bosco, Vice President for Mission and Ministry; Dr. Erika Cohen Derr, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs; Dr. Adanna Johnson, Associate Vice President for Student Equity and Inclusion; Dr. Jeanne Lord, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students.


4:00 P.M. – 4:50 P.M. (EST)

Georgetown College Dean’s Session for Parents and Families
This session has now concluded. To view a recording of this session, click here.
Dean Soyica Colbert and advising deans will offer thoughts on the College’s liberal arts mission, our approach to fulfilling that mission through advising, and how the dean’s office can be a resource to students as they navigate this pivotal moment in their lives.

School of Foreign Service Parents and Families Webinar
This session has now concluded. To view a recording of this session, click here.
Dean Joel Hellman will welcome SFS parents and families of new students. This session will highlight ways SFS is helping students succeed academically and build their communities, even while starting the program in unusual circumstances. This session will include time for Q&A.

McDonough School of Business Dean’s Session for Parents and Families
This session has now concluded. To view a recording of this session, click here.
Parents and families of new students are invited to a webinar to hear about the McDonough Undergraduate Program from Dean Paul Almeida, McDonough Professors, and the McDonough Undergraduate Career Development Center.

School of Nursing & Health Studies Session for Parents and Families
New NHS parents and families are invited to a virtual welcome Q&A with academic advising dean, Jennifer Ericson.

5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. (EST)

Parents and guests are invited to participate in rotating Interest Sessions led by the Center for Social Justice, the Cawley Career Education Center, the Center for Student Engagement, among many others. Zoom links to these sessions will go live on January 21, 2021. Session titles and descriptions can be found below:

Block 1 (5:00pm – 5:30pm EST)
Session Title
Common $enseThis presentation will demystify the financial aid process at Georgetown University and show you where critical information may be found on our websites.

This session has now concluded. To view the recorded session, please click here.
Responsibilities – Community Expectations and Student Conduct at GeorgetownJoin Dr. Jeanne Lord, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and Victor Lopez, Assistant Director in the Office of Student Conduct, in a discussion of community expectations. Join us to gain a clear understanding of what the University expects of students and what rights and responsibilities students have within our disciplinary processes.
Student EngagementJoin the Center for Student Engagement to learn more about virtual programming for your student and ways they can stay engaged with Georgetown!

This session has now concluded. To view the recorded session, please click here.
Block 2 (5:45pm – 6:15pm EST)
Session Title
Career Services for Your StudentThe Cawley Career Education Center provides career services designed to help your student through every step of the career development process. In this session, you will meet members of the career center and learn about our specialized services including career counseling, industry advising, pre-law consultations, on-campus interviewing with employers, internship and job postings, alumni networking events, and more.
Health & Wellness Considerations at GeorgetownJoin us for a panel discussion with the Offices of Health Education, Student Health, Health Insurance, & Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS). Panelists will provide an overview of their work and be available to answer questions.
Engaging DC and Beyond in Social JusticePlease join the Center for Social Justice for a dialogue on how students get engaged beyond the Hilltop, across the country and around the world, through CSJ’s EngageDCorps programs, Alternative Breaks, community-based learning, research opportunities, weekly tutoring, and mentoring commitments and more! Hoyas’ commitment to social justice will continue virtually throughout the spring.
Block 3 (6:30pm – 7:00pm EST)
Session Title
Meet and Greet with OSEI StaffJoin the staff within the Office of Student Equity and Inclusion (OSEI) to see the friendly faces that will be helping to support your student on their journey through Georgetown. Our offices, the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access (CMEA), the Community Scholars Program (CSP), the Georgetown Scholars Program (GSP), the LBGTQ Resource Center, and the Women’s Center work together to support students’ various identities.
Evening Coffee with the ARC DirectorMeet casually with Dr. Joseph P. Fisher, Executive Director of the Academic Resource Center. Joe will offer an overview of the ARC’s resources and can answer general questions about how the office works with students. Coffee not required, but definitely welcomed.

This session has now concluded. To view the recorded session, please click here.
#MoreThanRecreation: Campus Recreation and Outdoor Education at GeorgetownJoin Campus Recreation and Outdoor Education staff for an opportunity to learn more about in-person and virtual recreation resources. Following a brief presentation, we’ll transition into a Q&A, where our panelists will be available to answer and address any questions.

This session has now concluded. To view the recorded session, please click here.