Congratulations on becoming a Seahawk! All incoming students are required to attend this exciting welcome to St. Mary’ s College of Maryland. At Orientation, we will help you discover all that SMCM has to offer, from academic resources to making friends and getting involved, to becoming familiar with where things are on campus. Your experience at Orientation will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to our community and expectations, as well as provide you with all the support you need to transition successfully to the flock! Commuter students’ meals are paid for during orientation.
January Orientation 2024
Where will the river take you?
Saturday, January 13
10:00am-12:00pm Residential Move-In | Residence Halls Come to your assigned residence hall to begin the move-in process.
10:00am-12:00pm Technology Help | Office of Information Technology | Baltimore Hall
11:30am-1:00pm Brunch | Continental Brunch | Nancy and Norton Dodge PAC Lobby Take a break before the program begins and enjoy brunch at the Nancy R. & Norton T. Dodge Performing Arts Center. Families say goodbye.
12:15pm-1:00pm Commuter Students Orientation Check-In | Nancy and Norton Dodge PAC Lobby
1:00pm-2:00pm Welcome and Success at St. Mary’s | Learning Commons Room 111 Listen to campus community members as they share their experience and advice for incoming SMCM students. This is an opportunity to ask questions about the SMCM student experience and learn about the resources available to support your success in and out of the classroom.
2:00pm-3:30pm Navigating Campus | Around Campus Our Orientation Team (OTeam) will help you find your classroom locations for the semester and get to know where integral offices are on campus.
3:30pm-4:30pm Bringing in the Bystander | Cole Cinema This mandatory campus-wide in-person training will (in part) help to create a strong sense of community in which all members thrive and are successful.
4:30pm-5:15 Residential & Commuter’s Meeting | Cole Cinema Learn about the resources available to you that are unique to SMCM. Have your questions answered by a student staff member.
5:15pm-6:15pm Dinner | Great Room, Campus Center Enjoy our Great Room with students with our OTeam. They love to talk about all things student and St. Mary’s College!
6:30pm SMCM Trivia & Bingo | Learning Commons After a day full of information overload, unwind with OTeam and your fellow new students. Join us for games, prizes and good company!
Sunday, January 14
10:00am-11:00am Sunday Brunch | Great Room, Campus Center
12:15pm-1:15pm Academic Success Session | Schaefer 106/Schaefer 109 Find out about the resources that successful Seahawks use, which include free tutoring, academic coaching and more.
1:30pm-2:00pm Book Store Shopping | Campus Center Use your discount to pick up what you will need for the first day of classes at the Campus Bookstore!
2:30pm-3:30pm President’s Book Signing | Blackistone, Anne Arundel Meet Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan, president of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and sign the president’s book that has been signed by all students for over 40 years.
3:30pm-5:00 pm New Student Social | Blackistone Rm., Anne Arundel Mingle with your fellow new students and enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres
5:00 pm-6:00 pm Dinner | Great Room, Campus Center
Monday, January 15 (MLK Day)
8:00am-10:00am MLK Breakfast (Optional) Breakfast | Great Room, Campus Center
11:00am-11:30 am Breakfast | Great Room, Campus Center
12:00pm-1:30pm Academic Building Tours | Around Campus Get ready for the first day of class by touring the campus and learning where your classes are located.
1:30pm-2:30pm Building Community at SMCM| PAC Recital Hall Learn what it means to be part of the St. Mary’s College community.
2:30pm-3:30pm Career Center Info Session | PAC Recital Hall Meet staff from the Center for Career and Professional Development and learn how they can prepare you for life after SMCM.
3:30pm- 5:00pm Get Ready for First Day of Class | On Your Own Prepare for the start of classes this week! After, go to the Campus Center for your mailbox key.
5:00pm Dinner | Great Room, Campus Center Finish off the long weekend with new friends, food and our OTeam at dinner.