Summer Orientation Sessions

These two-day programs give our incoming students the opportunity to learn more about their soon-to-be Stonehill experience. We will also host a one-day program for our families that provides them more information as to what they can expect during your time at Stonehill. Families will meet various Stonehill staff, engage in workshops and take a campus tour. 

  • Orientation Session 1: Tuesday, June 21 – Wednesday, June 22
  • Orientation Session 2: Friday, June 24 – Saturday, June 25

Your Session Assignment

In early May, students will receive a welcome email from the Office of Student Engagement welcoming them to Stonehill and the summer Orientation experience. That email will note students' randomly assigned Session. Students will have the opportunity to switch sessions, if needed.  

While families do not need to register to attend Orientation, we will ask which family members are attending so we can better prepare for their experience. 

Safety Measures

In order to attend Summer Orientation, students need to provide proof of being “Up to Date” (i.e., primary series and booster) with COVID-19 vaccination by Monday, June 13, or a negative COVID-19 test within 7 days of the start of the student’s planned Summer Orientation Session. Students should upload the documentation to the Student Health Portal.

Learn more about Summer Orientation Safety Measures

Session Agenda

Below is a tentative schedule for Summer Orientation. This is subject to change, and we will continually update this website with any changes. 

Student Schedule Day One

Time Event Location
8 – 9:15 a.m. Residence Hall Check-in  Assigned Residence Halls
8:30 – 9 a.m. Catholic Mass (optional) Chapel of Mary
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Orientation Check-in  Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Skyhawk Shop Open May Hall
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Welcome to Orientation! Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
10:15 – 11 a.m.  Large Group Activities  W.B. Mason Stadium
11 – 11:20 a.m. Small Group Meeting #1 Various Locations
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Rotation Session 1: Lead with Courage or Your Academic Experience  Various Locations
12:15 – 1 p.m. Lunch May Pavilion Tent
1 – 1:45 p.m. Rotation Session 2: Lead with Courage or Your Academic Experience Various Locations
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.  First-Year Connection Break Campus Quad
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Campus Tour Various Locations
3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Rotation Session 3: Residence Life, Commuter Life, or Campus Ministry Various Locations
4:45 – 5:30 p.m. Rotation Session 4: Residence Life or Campus Ministry Various Locations
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner Roche Dining Commons
6:30 – 7 p.m.  Break/Playfair Prep/Classes & Majors Prep  Various Locations
7:15 – 8:30 p.m. Playfair WB Mason Stadium
8:30 – 11:30 p.m. Evening Fun & Entertainment  Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex

Student Schedule Day Two

Time Event Location
8 – 9:15 a.m. Breakfast Roche Dining Commons
8:30 - 9 a.m. Catholic Mass (optional) Chapel of Mary
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Skyhawk Shop Open May Hall
9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Small Group Meeting #2 & Classes & Majors Prep Various Locations
10 – 10:45 a.m. Rotation Session 5: Majors & Classes, Campus Connections Fair, or Health & Wellness  Various Locations
10:55 – 11:40 a.m.  Rotation Session 6: Majors & ClassesCampus Connections Fair, or Health & Wellness  Various Locations
11:50 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. Rotation Session 7: Majors & ClassesCampus Connections Fair, or Health & Wellness  Various Locations
12:35 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Roche Dining Commons
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Small Group Meeting #3 Various Locations
2:45 – 3:30 p.m.  Summer Orientation Closing Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Check Out of Your Residence Hall Assigned Residence Halls

Family Schedule Day One

Time Event Location
8 – 9:15 a.m. Residence Hall Check-in  Assigned Residence Hall
8:30 – 9 a.m. Catholic Mass (optional) Chapel of Mary
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Orientation Check-in  Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Au Bon Pain Open May Hall
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Skyhawk Shop Open May Hall
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Welcome to Orientation! Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Student Life Informational Panel Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch & Resource Fair Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Families of Student Athletes Reception Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Understanding Your College Student Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.  Campus Tour Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex Lobby
1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Rotation Session 1: Student Financial Assistance, Your Student’s Academic Experience, or The Mission of the Congregation of Holy Cross and Stonehill College Various Locations
2:45 – 3:30 p.m. Rotation Session 2: Academic Resources Panel or First Year Residence Hall Tour Various Locations
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. President's Reception Donahue Hall

Family Schedule Day Two

Time Event Location
8:30 – 9 a.m. Catholic Mass (optional) Chapel of Mary
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Au Bon Pain Open May Hall
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Skyhawk Shop Open May Hall
3:45 p.m. Meet Your Student for Pick Up (if applicable) Various Residence Halls

On-Campus Housing

Students are provided on-campus housing as part of their overnight Orientation session. Approximately one week before their Session, students will be emailed their housing assignment, and that will be the first stop when arriving to campus for Orientation.

Roommates and locations will be randomly assigned and cannot be altered or requested.  

Hotel Room Blocks

While we cannot provide housing for our families during Orientation, we have worked with a two local hotels to provide discounted stays for those who are looking to stay local. Please take note of the booking deadlines.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Mansfield

50 Reservoir St, Mansfield, MA 02048

Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Brockton/Easton

124 Liberty St, Brockton, MA 02301

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find answers to some common questions about Summer Orientation.

We understand that because of prior engagements, some students might not be able to attend their randomly assigned session. If you are unable to attend your assigned session, please change your session on the online Orientation Registration Form. 

Due to various circumstances, Summer Orientation dates may not work for all students and their families. If you cannot make all or part of the June sessions, please update that on your online registration form. Someone from our office will be in contact with you about next steps.

Arrival and student registration happen from 8 – 9:15 a.m. at the residence halls. Your first step is to go to your assigned Orientation residence hall that was sent to your personal email around June 15. Here, you will drop off all of your items and get your key for your new Orientation room! Please note that both commuter and resident students stay on campus during Summer Orientation.

Our Welcome begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex. After the Welcome, you’ll leave with your Orientation Leaders for the remainder of the program, and family members will continue with the family program. If students need anything from their family, please make sure to get it before leaving them as you will not see them until the program ends the next day. 

Stonehill does not have a fee associated with Orientation.

Our Information Technology office sent an email on May 9 to the personal email account we have on file. This message contains important information about your Stonehill email, username and password. 

For both families and students, we recommend bringing layers, as you will be both inside an outside. Also, check the weather before coming.

Specifically for our students, we recommend bringing the following items for your overnight Orientation experience:

  • Health & Counseling Forms (if not already mailed)
  • Sleeping bag & pillow (linens are not provided)
  • Flip flops, towel and toiletries
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Comfortable clothes (sneakers are  recommended)
  • Sunscreen
  • Light sweater/jacket (think layers)
  • Umbrella (if it looks like rain!) 

Families may contact the main switchboard of the College at 508- 565-1000 and press 0 to speak to the Communications Officer who will get in touch with the Orientation staff.

The Family Program ends at approximately 3 p.m. on the first day of Orientation. The Student Program ends at approximately 3:30 p.m. on the second day. Students should make arrangements to meet your family on day two at your assigned residence hall or at the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex following the Closing. 

Contact Information

Roche Dining Commons – 103

The Office of Student Engagement provides opportunities that will empower students to create a fun and positive campus community. The office enjoys a strong working and advising relationship with the Student Government Association, class committees and many of the student clubs and organizations.