Keene State’s traditional opening of the academic year will begin on Monday, August 24, with coffee and pastries in the atrium of the Student Center at 10 a.m. President Giles-Gee’s opening address will start at 10:30 a.m. in the Mabel Brown Room. An all-campus luncheon will be served from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Zorn Dining Commons, followed by a panel discussion with principal administrators in the Mabel Brown Room from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This year, moving new-student orientation from June to August 26-30 has created a new opening week schedule:
Move-in Day: Wednesday, August 26
The dress code in all offices will be business casual.
First-year students will move into their residence halls on Wednesday, August 26, and we also have Parent-Family orientation then. A section of Winchester Street (between Ralston and Main streets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the following parking lots will be closed to facilitate the move-in process:
Owl’s Nest lot
If you will not need your vehicle until the end of the business day, please consider parking at the Owl Athletic Complex. You can walk to campus via the Martel Court footbridges or ride a shuttle, available between 7-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. Carroll/Proctor lot (limited), Science lot, Student Center F/S lot, Student Center Commuter lot, Spaulding lot, Art Center lot, and Elliot lot will remain open to all faculty and staff.
If you would like to help students and their families empty cars (volunteers will no longer carry student belongings to the residence hall rooms), please email Jim Carley, associate director of Residential Life (8-2337). Move-in will begin at 8 a.m. and continue through approximately 4 p.m.
New Student Convocation: Thursday, August 27
The rescheduled orientation has given the College the opportunity to hold the New Student Convocation during the week, on Thursday, August 27, when everyone on campus can attend. The convocation will begin with a clap-in along Appian Way at 9:15 a.m., and the ceremony will be from 10 to 11:15 a.m. in Spaulding Gym. The College will be awarding an honorary degree to Dr. Susan Lynch for her work on behalf of New Hampshire children. Dr. Lynch’s work focuses on childhood obesity, preventive health care for children, and literacy. President Giles-Gee has asked that offices be closed during this time if possible, and that all faculty and staff participate in the clap-in and convocation. See the full opening week schedule here.
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