Hancock Commons Orientation Schedule

Sunday, August 22


Required check-in for all new students. Check in, receive your room key and ’Gate Card, then head up the hill to your residence hall. Unpack and get settled...

Family Brunch / Lunch

The dining halls are open for all new students and their families. Stop by anytime to pick up some lunch.

Student Athlete Welcome

Greetings from the vice president and director of athletics and other athletics staff. This session provides a welcome and overview of support services for...

Welcome to Colgate

Official welcome to the Colgate community from President Brian W. Casey; Interim Provost and Dean of the Faculty Ellen Percy Kraly; and Vice President and...

Family Farewells & Colgate's Famous Cookiewiches

Enjoy Colgate’s long-standing tradition of celebrating with ice cream, especially on Arrival Day, while also saying goodbye (or, rather, ‘see you soon’) to...

Call to Assemble

New students will be called to assemble by the ringing of the Memorial Chapel bells and make their way to their Residential Commons meeting point to be led...

Family Orientation

College enrollment represents is a transition for students and many of their families. What should families expect for their student, for themselves, and...

Home Away From Home

Learn more about Brown, Ciccone, Hancock and Mabel Dart-Colegrove Commons and have the opportunity to meet members of your specific commons community. We...


Enjoy dinner with your Links. You’ll learn more about the upcoming days of Orientation.

We are Colgate

This program will introduce and educate incoming students to the Colgate Community. We are Colgate outlines what it means to be a member of this academic...

Community Builders with Links

Meet your Orientation Link and a few of your fellow students as you begin your orientation to Colgate.

Club Case

Who knew the library could be so fun? Check out what we have in store on every floor of the Case-Geyer Library

Monday, August 23

Commons Induction

This is your official induction into your Residential Commons, led by your Residential Commons Directors.

Community Builders with Links

Continue to connect with your fellow students as you build community on this second day of orientation.

Rules of Respect and the Story of You

We will develop a set of Rules of Respect and reflect on the inner priciples that guide our actions. The purpose of the RoR is to provide a shared agreement...

Introduction to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Colgate

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is a central focus of Colgate’s Third Century Plan to build a more inclusive and equitable community. You’ll learn...

Colgate Connections

Meet and connect with your fellow peers who have similar interests and passions.

August 23, 2021 3:30pm
Colgate Connections

Meet and connect with your fellow peers who have similar interests and passions.

August 23, 2021 4:45pm
Head down the hill

Meet up with your Link group and head down the hill. Your Link will point out key resources along the way

August 23, 2021 7:30pm
Commons Cup Challenge

Compete with your Link group to gain points for your Commons! This kicks-off this year's Commons Challenge

Commons Ice Cream Social

We love ice cream! Each Commons has their every own signature flavor for you to enjoy all four years.

Tuesday, August 24

Sharing Your Values

This is another opportunity to get to know other members of your Link group as you share your experiences and build connections on this third day of...

A Community Responsibility: Ending Sexual Violence at Colgate

Colgate staff and students will introduce you to Haven, the sexual violence resource center at Colgate. Information about consent and sexual violence myths...

Academic Advising

Meet with your FSEM professor at your scheduled advising time. Your FSEM professor is also your academic adviser and an important resource for you throughout...

FSEM Challenge of Modernity

Professor Robert McVaugh on M W F 0820-0910

Pre-professional advising: Health Sciences

Representatives from faculty in Health Sciences will provide an overview of requirements and answer questions.

Finding Your Balance

Alcohol and other drugs use directly impact one’s mental health, physiology, and performance inside and outside the classroom. We will inform your thinking...

Sharing Your Identity

Students will begin to reflect on and share qualities they believe have shaped who they are becoming.

Bystander Intervention

Unfortunately, all of us witness problematic or potentially dangerous situations at some point during our lives. Active bystanders intervene in these...

Changing Your Perspective

It is important to look at topics from multiple perspectives in order to see the whole picture. This ability enables us to find and discover the needs and...

Spoken Word Poetry

Challenging dominant narratives or just telling stories, spoken word poetry can cultivate a deeper connection to social justice issues that are grounded in...

Think Fast Trivia Game Show

Try your hand at trivia in this awesome game show. Sweet prizes will be awarded. No grades assigned.

Wednesday, August 25

Add / Drop for All New Students

The drop/add period provides an opportunity to make schedule changes after you’ve met with your academic adviser. Students may drop courses and add open...

August 25, 2021 8am
Student Success

Hear from your Links about the valuable resources they utlized and ways they found success.

Academic Integrity and Honor Code

We welcome you to this community dedicated to the pursuit of intellectual and personal growth. The integrity of the Colgate community depends upon each...

Creating Your Colgate

The final large program of the orientation, Creating Your Colgate, focuses on empowering students with the concept of self-authorship to be successful and...

Designing Your Legacy Statement

This small group exercise helps students establish the legacy they hope to have here at Colgate and after graduation. Designing Your Legacy Statement will...

Web of Gratitude

Practicing gratitude has incredible effects, from improving one’s mental health to boosting our relationships with others. Come ready to share what you have...

First FSEM Class

This is your first official class at Colgate.

August 25, 2021 3pm
Look Your Best - prepare for dinner

(photos will be taken)

August 25, 2021 4:30pm
Convocation Procession

Led by President Brian W. Casey and Colgate’s faculty, all new students will process on Williow Path to Taylor Lake.

Founders' Day Convocation

Convocation begins with the traditional procession led by the University President, deans, and the faculty, in full academic regalia. The Founders’ Day...