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The Parents' Welcome Week Survival Guide

Students meet and make friends at Orientation

During Welcome Week, SPU welcomes its new and transfer students — and their parents and families — into our community. It's a great opportunity for students to get started right socially, academically, and spiritually, and for parents to learn more about the SPU community and how we're here to help your student and you. This year our Parent and Family Orientation takes place September 22–23. Please plan to attend — and come prepared using the guide below. If you have any questions not covered here, contact us at welcomeweek@spu.edu or 206-281-2831.




Where can I find more information about Welcome Week and Parent and Family Orientation?

For the detailed schedule, be sure to check out the Parent and Family tab on the Orientation website.

How do I register for Welcome Week?

Students will register their parents and families for Welcome Week when they register themselves on Banner. The registration for Welcome Week is on the same registration form as New Student Advising.

How do I know if my student has registered me?

If you are unsure, ask your student whether you are registered or not for Welcome Week. Your student can look up all registration information in Banner.

What if there are changes in the number of guests who will be coming?

If there are any changes in the number of guests a student is bringing to Welcome Week, the student should update the information in Banner. Any registrations or changes that need to be made after September 16 should be communicated to the Student Programs office at 206-281-2831.


How is Parent and Family Orientation different from New Student Advising?

Students meet and make friends at OrientationAt Parent and Family Orientation, the entire SPU community is on hand to welcome our new students and their families into our community. You will hear from President Daniel Martin, meet the Parent Council, learn what it means to be an involved college parent, and meet your student's roommate(s), Peer Advisor, USem professor, and a whole lot more people who will be involved in your student's life at SPU.


When should I plan on arriving on campus, and when should we plan to leave?

Families should plan to arrive on campus no later than 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 22. They should plan to leave late Friday afternoon, September 23, or early Saturday morning, September 24.


May I stay in the residence hall or campus apartments with my student?

Accommodations are not provided for parents and families. Please see the Seattle Information page for suggestions on where to stay nearby.


May I attend events with my student?

There are several events that are designed for students and parents to experience together: The President's Opening Welcome, New Student Convocation, and a portion of the first USem meeting. Otherwise, students will be busy meeting their new classmates and floormates and starting their new life as an SPU student, while parents will have their own activities and sessions. Following the New Student Convocation on Friday, September 23, it's a great time for parents to encourage students to spread their wings!


May I bring my other children with me to Parent and Family Orientation?

While they are welcome to attend, there is no particular program for siblings and no child care provided. For school-aged children, you might consider bringing along some quiet activities to keep them occupied while you are in sessions.


May I bring my dog?

Yes! Welcome Week also welcomes friends of the four-legged variety.


Who may I contact if I need disability accommodations during Parent and Family Orientation?

Please contact our Disability Support Services office for any accommodations that you may need. You can reach them at dss@spu.edu, and at 206-281-2272 (TTY: 206-281-2224).




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