Parent and Family Orientation Schedule


Note: All parents & families must register for Orientation weekend

Parent/Family Orientation

PLEASE NOTE: This schedule is tentative and is subject to change. You and your student will receive separate itineraries upon check-in at the Orientation Station on Friday August 28th.
Friday, August 28th, 2015
Residence Hall Check-In/Move-In

You and your student will be able to check in to your student's room between 9am and 4pm.

*CM girls move in at 8:00 am

*Coughlin move in 10 am

9am-3:30 pm

ID Card Pick-Up

This is for students who sent their picture in early or had it taken while previously on campus.


Orientation Station

Students, get your questions answered from Orientation Core and Group Leaders.

8am-3:30 pm

Parent and Family Orientation Station

Parents can check in and pick up their own Orientation Packets.

8am-3:30 pm

GSBA Activities Table

8am-3:30 pm

Health & Counseling Services

Stop by the Health Center for your student's meningitis shots, turn in immunization forms, or just ask questions about GU health care.

Friday, Aug. 28th 8-5, Saturday, Aug. 29th 8-4, and Sunday, Aug. 30th 12-3.


Campus Tours

Let one of our Student Ambassadors get you more acquainted with the campus now that you are here! Tours will leave every half hour.

Last tour leaves at 2 pm

12 pm-3 pm

Opening Ceremonies

Parents and families, this event is just for you!


Address from the Vice President of Student Development

Listen to the new VP of Student Development, Judi Biggs-Garbuio, Ph.D. speak about “her Gonzaga” and her vision for the school year.


Presidential Address

Parents and families only: Enjoy an address by the President of Gonzaga University, Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil, in the McCarthey Athletic Center.


Dinner with your Zag

Use this time to venture off campus as a family and try the local Spokane cuisine. For the rest of the weekend, your student will be busy with Orientation!


GU Fred Meyer Night

Visit the Fred Meyer store located at the Thor/Freya exit for exclusive specials offered only to GU students, families, and employees. Enjoy shopping for everything your student might need to get started at Gonzaga… and win prizes!


Saturday, August 29th

ID Card Pick Up

Make sure your student picks up their ID card today so they can get into the Rudolf Fitness Center.


Orientation Station

The Orientation Station staff will be available to answer all your questions!


Music Information Meeting


ROTC Orientation & Open House


Parent & Family Information Sessions: Part One

During the Parent & Family Information Sessions, pick three of the offered sessions to attend. More details about offered sessions to come throughout the summer.


Parent BBQ Lunch 

Enjoy a fantastic meal where you can socialize with other families without having to leave campus.  Lunch provided by Zag Dining.


Parent & Family Information Sessions: Part Two


Appetizer with Academics

While students are otherwise occupied, enjoy appetizer with other Gonzaga parents and families, faculty, and administrators. This is an open event; there will be a program and speaker. The faculty welcomes all your questions and conversation. Feel free to even come and socialize.


Sunday, August 30th

Orientation Station

Stop by with any final questions regarding Orientation or the start of Fall Semester!


Early Mass at the University Chapel

Don't miss this chance to see the University Chapel come alive! People of all religious backgrounds are warmly welcomed to experience Gonzaga's unique faith community and one of our many sacred spaces.


President's Reception

Enjoy a light brunch with Gonzaga’s President McCulloh on the Johnston Mall.


Welcome Mass

People of all religious backgrounds are warmly welcomed to this celebration in the home of Gonzaga’s longtime collaborative partner, St. Aloysius Church.


Parents & Families Depart

Sadly, this is the time for parents and families to say goodbye! We look forward to seeing you back on campus during Fall Family Weekend.


When to Arrive on Campus:

Orientation begins on Friday, August 29th. Students will be allowed to move in that morning. This requires that either you wake up early (depending upon the length of your drive) and make it to campus for check in, or book a hotel reservation for Thursday night so you can arrive on campus on Friday morning. Most students and their families book a hotel, because it is the easiest way to make move-in day go smoothly. Either way, you must make travel plans accordingly, which brings us to...

Flights and Hotel Reservations:

If you plan to book a hotel, you will need to start soon! Hotels in town, especially those close to campus, fill early. For information about hotels, see our Accommodations Page. For directions on how to get to campus, see our Transportation and Directions Page. Unfortunately, Gonzaga does not provide a shuttle service.

Click here to view the Accommodation options >

Click here for Transportation information and directions >


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Phone: 509.313.4154

Parent Helpline

We are located in the Crosby Student Center, Suite 100.

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