Parent 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 24th.

When to Arrive on Campus:

Orientation begins on Friday, August 24th. 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.

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 >

Friday, August 24th 

8:00 am - 4:00 pm  Residence Hall Check-In/Move-In, Foley Field (check in must be completed by 1:00 pm)
8:00 - 9:00 am               Madonna 3rd Floor
10:00 -11:00 am                                          Madonna 2nd Floor
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Madonna 1st Floor 

8:00 - 8:45 am          

Coughlin 5th Floor 

9:30 - 10:15 am Coughlin 4th Floor 
11:00 - 11:45 am  Coughlin 3rd Floor 
12:15 noon - 1:00 pm Coughlin 2nd Floor

8:45 - 9:30 am

Catherine Monica 2nd Floor NE/SW

10:15 - 11:00 am       

Catherine Monica 2nd Floor NW/SE
11:45 am - 12:15 pm     Catherine Monica 1st Floor NE/SW
1:00 - 1:45 pm Catherine Monica 1st Floor NW/SE

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Dillon, Welch, Cushing, Marian

10:00 am -1:00 pm Crimont, DeSmet, Roncalli, Chardin, Goller
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Alliance, Lincoln, Dooley
7:30 am - 3:00 pm

ID Card Pick-Up, Foley Field

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

7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Orientation Station, Foley Field

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

8:00 am - 3:45 pm Parent and Family Orientation Station, Foley Field

Families can check in and pick up their own Orientation Packets.
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bed, Bath & Beyond Tent Sale and Order Pick-up, Foley Field 
8:00 am - 3:00 pm Student Resources and Spokane Community Fair, Hemmingson Ballroom

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Health & Counseling Services, 704 E Sharp Avenue

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

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Campus Tours, St. Ignatius Statue

Let one of our Student Ambassadors get you more acquainted with the campus now that you are here!

Leaves every 30 minutes, Last tour leaves at 2:00 pm

4:00 - 5:30 pm

Opening Ceremonies, McCarthey Athletic Center

  Presidential Address

Enjoy an address by the President of Gonzaga University, Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil, in the McCarthey Athletic Center.
5:30 - 8:30pm  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!
8:30 - 9:15 pm

President Q&A, Hemmingson Ballroom

An opportunity for parents and families to ask the president of the university questions.


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 25th


 ID Card Pick Up

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

9am-4pm 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.

12pm-2pm  Lunch
2pm-5pm  Parent & Family Information Sessions: Part Two

Sunday, August 26th

9am-4pm Orientation Station

Stop by with any final questions regarding Orientation or the start of Fall Semester!
10 am Welcome Mass 

People of all religious backgrounds are warmly welcomed to experience Gonzaga's unique faith community and one of our many sacred spaces. Doors open at 9:00 am.
11:30 am-1pm          President's Reception

Enjoy a light brunch with Gonzaga’s President McCulloh.
3pm 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.