Parent Orientation 2019

Thursday, August 22

6–7:30 p.m. International Parent Reception
President’s Residence, Claremont
President Melvin L. Oliver and Suzanne Oliver are delighted to welcome our new international Pitzer families and guests for an intimate reception at their home.

Friday, August 23

5–6:30 p.m. Pitzer Groove at the Grove
Grove House and Brant Clock Tower Lawn
If you are in town to get an early start for Move-In Day, this is the place to be! Please join President Melvin L. Oliver, Suzanne Oliver, and other members of the Pitzer community (including the Grove House chickens!) for a relaxing afternoon reception at one of Pitzer’s most iconic locations. Everyone here for orientation—students, parents, siblings, grandparents, families—is welcome!

Saturday, August 24

8 a.m.–Noon Registration & Student Move-In
Gold Student Health and Wellness Center, Multipurpose Room
Pick up your parent information packet, grab a bite to eat, and help your student move in. Don’t forget to dress comfortably, it can get hot!

9 a.m.–5 p.m. Family & Friends Lounge Open
McConnell Center Living Room
For those “in between” times, rest in this air-conditioned lounge, chat with fellow parents and parent ambassadors, write your student a letter, purchase Pitzer merchandise, and enjoy light refreshments throughout the day. 

9 a.m.–5 p.m. Letter to Your Student
McConnell Center Living Room
Take a few moments to write a heartfelt note to your student as they embark on this new journey. Letters will be delivered to your student shortly after the first week of classes.

Noon–1:30 p.m. Parent Welcome Luncheon
McConnell Center Dining Hall
Enjoy a meal from one of the nation’s top-ranked college dining halls while listening to presentations by President Melvin L. Oliver and senior administrators.

1:45–3:15 p.m. Insights into Life at Pitzer
Benson Auditorium
Moderated by Vice President for Student Affairs Mike Segawa, this panel discussion will give you an overview of campus-based resources, including academic advising, student support services, global programs, and career services.

3:30–5 p.m. Resources Fair
Gold Student Health and Wellness Center, Multipurpose Room
Do you have questions? Visit the Pitzer Resources Fair and learn more about services and programs available for your student at Pitzer and The Claremont Colleges.

4–5 p.m. First-Generation Family Welcome Reception
Location TBD
Students and parents are invited to attend this session to learn about Pitzer’s FirstGen program, which supports students who are the first in their families to attend a four-year college.

5–6 p.m. Farewell Dinner
Pellissier Mall (The Mounds)
Enjoy a dinner on the Mounds with your student. As your student embarks on their undergraduate adventure, this is the time for family members to give their student a hug and say “farewell for now.”

6:15 p.m. Pitzer’s Cheers (and Tears) Reception
President’s Residence, Claremont
Your student is off to their first night at Pitzer College—now what? Please join President Melvin L. Oliver, Suzanne Oliver, and Pitzer parent volunteers at the President’s home for a special toast to the Class of 2023.

*Subject to change