Orientation and Convocation

Orientation will be held May 31 - June 3. First year students  are required to attend events on May 31 and June 2. Second and third year students are encouraged to attend Convocation and the SSW (ARPG) Opening Ceremony which are scheduled for Sunday, June 2, 2024. All students are required to attend the virtual Building an Accountable Community event on the evening of Monday, June 3. 

Orientation Schedules

Full Orientation SchedulesDaily Schedules
M.S.W.FridaySaturdaySundayMonday
Ph.D.FridaySaturdaySundayMonday

Questions?

M.S.W. orientation: Contact the Office of the Dean

Ph.D. orientation: Contact the Ph.D. Program

 

M.S.W. Orientation Schedule

Friday, May 31, 2024

TimeEventLocation
9 a.m. - noon

M.S.W. Check-in

Check in with the registrar, grab your OneCard and your keys.

First Floor, Campus Center

Keys: Room 105, Campus Center

9:30 a.m. - noon

Learn more about SSW Student Groups

Council for Students of Color, Disability Affinity Group, Trans+forming Social Work (Trans and GNC Affinity Group), Men’s Group
 

Basement Level Concourse, Campus Center 
9:30 a.m. - noon

Smith Community Fair

Meet representatives from campus offices and learn about the services available to SSW students. 

Room 103/104, Campus Center
9:30 a.m. - noon

Campus Tours

Tours depart every half hour: 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

First Floor, Campus Center
Noon - 2 p.m.

Grab and Go Lunch

Visit the first floor of the Campus Center to grab a box lunch and find a spot on campus to enjoy lunch with friends!

Main Concourse, Campus Center
2 - 2:40 p.m.

Welcome from the Dean

  • Introduction to Resident Faculty
  • Introduction of the Core Principles

Required for entering M.S.W. and Ph.D. students
 

Carroll Room, Second Floor, Campus Center
2:45 - 4 p.m.

What to Expect Summer 1 and Practicum 1 

Required for entering M.S.W. students

Carroll Room, Second Floor, Campus Center
4 - 5:45 p.m.

Attendance and our Commitment to Collective Learning

Required for entering M.S.W. students

Carroll Room, Second Floor, Campus Center
5 - 7 p.m.

Dinner

Entering students with meal cards. 

King/Scales Dining Hall

Saturday, June 1, 2024

TimeEventLocation
All Day

Orient Yourself to Smith: Student Led Programming

Optional

Various Locations on campus and in Northampton area

Sunday, June 2, 2024

TimeEventLocation
Noon - 1 p.m.

Lunch

Students with meal cards

King/Scales Dining Hall
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Convocation

Denise McLane-Davison, an award-winning Afrofuturistic womanist social work leader and educator, will present. 

Required for all students and faculty.

Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall    
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

SSW [ARPG] Opening Ceremony and Dinner

Join the SSW community for a grounding opening ceremony and dinner. 

All members of the SSW community and their families are welcome to attend. 

 

Seelye Lawn (Rain Location: Campus Center)

Monday, June 3, 2024

TimeEventLocation
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. First Day of ClassesVaries
7 - 8 p.m. 

Building a Caring and Accountable Community

A virtual community gathering to review the community agreement and continuing building a caring and accountable community.

Required for all students and faculty. 

Zoom 

Ph.D. Orientation Schedule

Friday, May 31, 2024

TimeEventLocation
9 - 10 a.m.

Ph.D. Check-in

Check in with the registrar, grab your OneCard and your keys.

First Floor, Campus Center

Keys: Room 105, Campus Center

9:30 a.m. - noon

Learn more about SSW Student Groups

Council for Students of Color, Disability Affinity Group, Trans+forming Social Work (Trans and GNC Affinity Group), Men’s Group
 

Basement Level Concourse, Campus Center 
9:30 a.m. - noon

Smith Community Fair

Meet representatives from campus offices and learn about the services available to SSW students. 

Room 103/104, Campus Center
10 - 11:30 a.m.

Campus Tours

Ph.D. students meet for campus tour.

First Floor, Campus Center
Noon - 2 p.m.

Grab and Go Lunch

Visit the first floor of the Campus Center to grab a box lunch and find a spot on campus to enjoy lunch with friends!

Main Concourse, Campus Center
2 - 2:40 p.m.

Welcome from the Dean

  • Introduction to Resident Faculty
  • Introduction of the Core Principles

Required for entering M.S.W. and Ph.D. students
 

Carroll Room, Second Floor, Campus Center
3 - 5 p.m.

Ph.D. Welcome with Drs. Nakash and Cerar

Required for entering Ph.D. students

Second Floor Conference Room, Lilly Hall
5 - 7 p.m.

Dinner

Entering students with meal cards. 

King/Scales Dining Hall

Saturday, June 1, 2024

TimeEventLocation
All Day

Orient Yourself to Smith: Student Led Programming

Optional

Various Locations on campus and in Northampton area

Sunday, June 2, 2024

TimeEventLocation
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Ph.D. Social Justice in Clinical Social Work Workshop

Required for first year Ph.D. students. 

Second Floor Conference Room, Lilly Hall
 
Noon - 1 p.m.

Lunch

Students with meal cards

King/Scales Dining Hall
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Convocation

Denise McLane-Davison, an award-winning Afrofuturistic womanist social work leader and educator, will present. 

Required for all students and faculty.

Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall    
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

SSW [ARPG] Opening Ceremony and Dinner

Join the SSW community for a grounding opening ceremony and dinner. 

All members of the SSW community and their families are welcome to attend. 

 

Seelye Lawn (Rain Location: Campus Center)

Monday, June 3, 2024

TimeEventLocation
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. First Day of ClassesVaries
7 - 8 p.m. 

Building a Caring and Accountable Community

A virtual community gathering to review the community agreement and continuing building a caring and accountable community.

Zoom 
Parking for Check-In and Orientation

Parking is available for students in any green lined space on campus. Parking permits are required and may be purchased from the parking office. Please print a copy of your receipt and place it on the dashboard of your vehicle until you receive your decal. 

Purchase parking pass