Parent & Family Orientation

Dear T-Bird Parents & Families,
Family Events

We are excited to welcome your family to campus Thursday, August 23 for campus Move-in Day. All activities that day are designed to be family friendly and you are welcome to participate in any events that interest you. Because we would like you to get comfortable with your student's new home-away-from-home, all family events will take place in the Sharwan Smith Student Center. All campus parking lots will be free and open to everyone on Move-in Day.

I will host Parent Orientation sessions at 10 AM, 11 AM, Noon, and 1 PM in the Church Auditorium in the Student Center. Because we want your first priority to be helping your student get settled in, you can choose any session that works best for you, no RSVP necessary. A session for Spanish speakers will be held at 1 PM in the Brianhead room of the Student Center.

We will also have a Parent Tent at Thunder U Check-in in the Student Center Ballroom from 9 AM- 1:30 PM. Please stop by with any questions and to pick up some Parent and Family swag. It is also a great place to make friends with other parents and learn more about Parent and Family Services. A resource fair will take place around the America First Event Center from 8 AM- 1:30 PM. Come learn about campus support resources and community services.

New Student Induction begins at 3 PM in the American First Event Center. You are welcome to sit with your student or meet some new friends with Parent and Family Services in Section K. Parent and Family Services will have priority seating and an early exit so we can have a front row view of the Carter Carillon Bell Tower Tradition. This is a favorite tradition on campus that students and families love! There are no apologies for tears on Move-in Day, it's a big day for the whole family! For families who aren't able to spend the day with us, you can watch a live feed of the New Student Induction and the Bell Tower Tradition via our SUU Facebook page.

Thunderbird Welcome will begin immediately following the Bell Tower Tradition, with live music and snacks on upper quad with faculty, staff, students, and family. We will have a Parent Tent available for any last minute questions or concerns.

Give your last hugs and well-wishes as students begin two fun-filled days of Thunder U Student Orientation at 8:30 AM on Friday, August 24. I will be there with your student and will post pictures and updates on Instagram and Facebook throughout the weekend if you would like to follow along.

We look forward to seeing you soon! Welcome to the T-Bird family!


Family Events Schedule - August 23rd

Time Event Location
8 AM - 1:30 PM Check-in at Thunder U Student Center Ballroom
8 AM - 1:30 PM Campus Resource Fair America First Event Center
Choose a session at
10 AM, 11 AM, Noon, or 1 PM
Parent Orientation Student Center Church Auditorium
1 - 2 PM Parent Orientation - Spanish Student Center Brianhead Room
3 - 4 PM New Student Induction Ceremony America First Event Center
4 - 5 PM Bell Tower Tradition Carter Carillon Bell Tower
5 - 6:30 PM Thunderbird Welcome Upper Quad

Office of Parent & Family Services

The Office of Parent & Family Services offers numerous resources to improve the overall quality of campus life for your student by keeping parents and families informed about University services. We want to keep you up to date on events, deadlines, and any changes in policy that may affect your student.

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