Parents & Families

Welcome Parents & Families! 

Your Welcome Week experience will begin on August 20th! Below, you can find information about campus arrival time and activities planned to help familiarize you with campus! 

While you are encouraged to attend all Welcome Week events, any event with a ☘️ in the title is an event that is required of all parents! Events with a 💚 are designed for parents to accompany their students.

NOTE: Plans are subject to change based on our evolving understanding of COVID-19 and its impact. These changes will be communicated via the ND Mobile App and our Welcome Week Social Media platforms @NDWelcome on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Please be sure to check back for updates!


 

Parents & Families Schedule

Friday, August 20, 2021

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💚 Residence Hall Move-In By Appointment

Welcome to the University of Notre Dame! As parents and families arrive, our Welcome Teams will greet parents, families, and their students to introduce them to their new residence hall community. We hope parents and families will experience the Notre Dame spirit of hospitality upon their arrival! Check out the Office of Residential Life website for details regarding the move-in process for the assigned 90 minute appointment. The last move-in time blocks ends at 3:00pm.

Location: Undergraduate Residence Halls

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💚 Alumni Association First-Year Welcome Tent

You may be four years from joining the ranks of Notre Dame alumni, but the Alumni Association is here to support you throughout your time under the Dome! Stop by the First-Year Welcome Tent outside the Eck Visitors Center to pick up your free Class of 2025 sticker and custom designed poster, and allow us to introduce ourselves!

Location: Outside the Eck Visitors Center

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💚 Fall Mall

Your one stop, campus pop-up shop for all dorm essentials! Student Union Board will be hosting Fall Mall in the Stepan Center on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 p.m., where students and families can purchase rugs, futons, fridges, posters, and more. While you’re shopping, enjoy treats from local vendors, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Let’s Spoon!

Location: Stepan Center

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💚 Campus Ministry Hot Dog Tent

Campus Ministry is delighted to treat all new students and their family members to lunch on South Quad, just outside of the Coleman-Morse Center. Hot dogs, chips, cookies and water will be provided. 

Location: South Quad

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💚 Campus Tours

Get to know our campus! Notre Dame has many spaces on campus for dining, studying, socializing, and recreational activities. Parents and families can learn all about them on this tour led by the Welcome Week Steering Committee and the St. André Committee. This tour, starting on God Quad, will give parents and families an opportunity to get oriented to campus, to meet other families, and to learn more about opportunities for their students to get involved on campus.

Location: Steps of the Main Building

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💚 Capture Your Golden Moment!

Capture your first golden moment at Notre Dame with a family photo in front of the Golden Dome! Stop by our location on South Quad in front of the statue of Fr. Soin for a photo-op and share Day 1 at Notre Dame with your friends and family back home. While you're waiting, you can also grab some shaved ice from the Kona Ice food truck sponsored by the Notre Dame Parents Fund!

Location: South Quad in front of the Fr. Sorin statue

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💚 Official Welcome

Join your students in this can't-miss welcome event at the Notre Dame Stadium. The Official University Welcome will kick off their career as a Notre Dame student! You will hear from Fr. John I. Jenkins C.S.C., University President, and other senior leaders of the University.

Location: Notre Dame Stadium

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💚 Welcome Dinner

Who doesn't love free food! Hosted by Campus Dining outside the Notre Dame Stadium. Pick up your meal and enjoy the beautiful day by sitting out on the Quads and lawns.

Location: Outside of Notre Dame Stadium

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“Hesburgh” Film for Parents and Families

Parents and families can enjoy this American documentary film that follows the life of Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, President of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 through 1987. “Hesburgh” is drawn from archival footage, interviews with family, colleagues at Notre Dame, and more as Fr. Theodore Hesburgh worked to advance the causes of peace and equal rights.

Location: Washington Hall

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Welcome: Spanish Language Session

El Comité de Bienvenidos y el Padre José Corpora, CSC tienen el placer de invitarlos a una reunión en español el viernes, 20 de Agosto a las ocho de la noche en el lounge de Coleman Morse. Esta reunión es para padres de familia que prefieren hablar en español. Habrá una breve presentación y habrá tiempo para preguntas. Bienvenidos.

Location: Coleman Morse Center, 1st Floor Lounge

Saturday, August 21, 2021

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Welcome Week: Yoga Class

Start the new year off with a relaxing, invigorating RecSports Welcome Week Free Yoga class! Limited number of mats are available.  We encourage you to bring one if you have it.

Location: South Quad, O'Shaughnessy

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QuestBridge Student Welcome and Breakfast Reception

All QuestBridge student finalists and matches and their families are invited to gather for breakfast and celebrate these first steps at Notre Dame! Spanish speakers will be present. 

Location: 200 Main Building

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Welcome to Parents and Families: Presented by Colleges and Schools

All parents and families are invited to join leaders, faculty, and students from Notre Dame's colleges and schools to explore details of the distinct first-year experience across academic programs. Parents and families are encouraged to join others and attend the session most applicable to their student's academic interests.

View all the Colleges and Schools sessions here!

 

Location: Academic Buildings

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Rector Welcome for Parents

The Rector Welcome gives parents and families the opportunity to hear from their student's residence hall leadership and ask any questions they might have regarding residence life at Notre Dame. By the end of the event, we're confident that you'll walk away with the understanding that your child is in great hands in their new Home Under the Dome!

Location: Hall Chapels

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Lunch on own for Families & Students

This is a perfect time to reconnect with your families and spend time together during lunch around campus and South Bend.

Location: Around South Bend

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💚 Fall Mall

Your one stop, campus pop-up shop for all dorm essentials! Student Union Board will be hosting Fall Mall in the Stepan Center on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 p.m., where students and families can purchase rugs, futons, fridges, posters, and more. While you’re shopping, enjoy treats from local vendors, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Let’s Spoon!

Location: Stepan Center

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💚 Resource Fair

What's better than putting all of a student's available resources together in one location during your first day on campus? The Student Services Resource Fair in the Duncan Student Center does just that. Make sure to stop by to check out tables featuring a wide variety of offices and departments from across campus. 

See all the departments participating here!

Location: Notre Dame Stadium

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💚 Navigate ND

Throughout the afternoon there are many events to choose from around campus to get to know your new home and prepare for the year. When traveling between these events, stop by one of our Navigate ND tables to get directions to various offices and buildings, ask advice about where to go next, and get support planning your day to day schedule for the fall!

Location: Look for balloons around Campus

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💚 Campus Open House

This is a great time to connect with special interest offices, departments, and faculty. Learn about the services provided to help you learn, grow, and thrive.

See all the departments participating here!

Location: Various Campus Locations

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What if I am not Catholic?

This session is specifically designed for those from outside of the Catholic faith tradition. By the end of the presentation we hope that all gathered will feel welcome and aware of the resources necessary to help foster an active life of faith at the University of Notre Dame.  

Location: 129 Debartolo

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Glynn Family Honors Program Welcome and Orientation

Incoming Glynn Family Honors students and their parents are invited to a short welcome meeting with the program directors to discuss life as a Glynn scholar, including classes, social activities and funding opportunities, and to get all their Glynn questions answered.

Location: Carey Auditorium (Hesburgh Library)

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💚 Welcome Mass

Gather with your students and their fellow classmates as we come together in prayer and thanksgiving for your arrival to Notre Dame.

Location: Notre Dame Stadium

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💚 Farewell for Now

The time has come for parents and families to say good bye to their students and let them continue their new journey at Notre Dame. We hope parents and families have enjoyed the welcome week activities with their students and can trust that they are in good hands.

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