Orientation 2022 Schedule

Thursday, August 11

Bridge Program Participants Arrive

11 a.m.-1 p.m. New Student Check-In

Wailes Building
Elston Inn and Conference Center

Welcome to Sweet Briar!  Your first stop should be the Wailes Building, where you can check in, receive your orientation packet, and pick up your keys.  Please do not unpack belongings from your vehicle until you have been through check-in and received your room keys.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Optional: Lunch

Prothro Dining Room

5-6 p.m. Optional: Dinner

Prothro Dining Room


Friday, August 12

New Athletes (all seasons) and International Students Arrive

7:30-8:30 a.m. Optional: Breakfast

Prothro Dining Room

11 a.m.-1 p.m. New Student Check-In

Wailes Building
Elston Inn and Conference Center

Welcome to Sweet Briar!  Your first stop should be the Wailes Building, where you can check in, receive your orientation packet, and pick up your keys.  Please do not unpack belongings from your vehicle until you have been through check-in and received your room keys.

11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Optional: Lunch

Prothro Dining Room

5-6 p.m. Sport Specific Family Meetings

Location TBD

5-7:30 p.m. Optional: Dinner

Prothro, Josey Dining Room

6-7:30 p.m. New Athletes Welcome Dinner

Prothro Dining Room

To celebrate your arrival to Sweet Briar, we invite new student athletes and their families to attend this special welcome dinner with athletics staff.  Casual attire is welcome.

7:30-8:30 p.m. Athletics Team Meetings

Location TBD


Saturday, August 13

All Remaining New Students Arrive

7-9 a.m. Optional: Breakfast

Prothro Dining Room

8:30 a.m.-Noon New Student Check-In

Wailes Building
Elston Inn and Conference Center

Welcome to Sweet Briar!  Your first stop should be the Wailes Building, where you can check in, receive your orientation packet, and pick up your keys.  Please do not unpack belongings from your vehicle until you have been through check-in and received your room keys.

Please arrive for check-in no earlier than your assigned check-in time.  This window of time is for check-in only.  Students will have until 3 p.m. to move into their rooms and unpack. Time will also be available tomorrow morning (Sunday, August 14).

  • 8:30 a.m. – Students with confirmed reservations at the Florence Elston Inn for the evening of Friday, Aug. 12
  • 9 a.m. – Students with last names A-D
  • 9:30 a.m. – Students with last names E-K
  • 10 a.m. – Students with last names L-R
  • 10:30 a.m. – Students with last names S-Z
  • 11:30 a.m. – Commuter students

If you experience travel delays or otherwise need to arrive after your time, check-in will be open until noon.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Optional: Lunch

Prothro Dining Room

New students and families are invited to attend.

3-3:45 p.m. New Student and Family Welcome

Fitness and Athletics Center, Field House

Join President Meredith Woo, Dean of Student Life Dr. Kerry Greenstein and Director of Student Engagement Jess Austin for a welcome to Sweet Briar and an overview of orientation. Student staff members from the orientation team will also be introduced. 

New students and families are invited to attend.

3:45-4:45 p.m.

Student Track – First Orientation Small Group Meeting

Homebase Locations

Get ready to jump into orientation week by meeting your Orientation Leader (OL), a student leader whose goal is to help you acclimate to college life.  You’ll spend some time getting to know your group and reviewing what the next week has in store for you! 

Family Track – Dean’s Discussion

Fitness and Athletics Center, Field House

Join Dean of Student Life Kerry Greenstein as he introduces you to Student Life at Sweet Briar and discusses his role on campus. This session will also review some of the basic campus rules and regulations that will be shared with students on Sunday.

5-6 p.m. Optional: Campus Tour

Meet outside Mills Chapel

Join members of the orientation team as they tour campus and highlight some of Sweet Briar’s rich history. This tour is suggested for students and families arriving to campus for the first time or those who need a refresher for campus locations.  In case of inclement weather, the tour will not run.

New students and families are invited to attend.

5-7:30 p.m. Optional: Dinner

Prothro Dining Room

New students and families are invited to attend.

7-8:45 p.m.

Student Track – Optional: Float at the Boathouse

Boathouse

Sweet Briar students have been floating at the boathouse for decades!  Come take a dip or simply lounge on the dock. Complimentary inflatables and Kona Ice snow cones will be provided.

This session is open to new students only.

7:30-8:30 p.m.

Family Track – Optional: Families Panel with College Leadership 

Fitness and Athletic Center, Field House 

Members of President Woo’s Leadership Team will be available to share updates about their areas of the College and answer questions from the floor.

8:30-9:15 p.m.

Family Track – Optional: Families Reception

Fitness and Athletics Center, Field House

Families are invited to meet and mingle with College leadership, faculty and staff during this dessert reception following the panel.

9-10 p.m.

Student Track – First Hall Meeting with RA’s

Your Residence Hall Floor

Get to know your hallmates and learn more about creating a healthy community from your resident advisor who lives on the floor with you!  

This session is open to new students only.


Sunday, August 14

9 a.m.-Noon Resource Fair

Wailes Building
Elston Inn and Conference Center

As you continue unpacking and make your way to brunch, be sure to stop by our Resource Fair where you can find staff from many of our campus offices to answer your questions and share information about their services. This is one stop you won’t want to miss!

New students and families are invited to attend.

10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Optional: Brunch

Prothro Dining Room

New students and families are invited to attend.

12:15-1:15 p.m. Optional: Daisy’s Closet Open Hours

Reid Pit Student Center

If you’re in need of a white outfit to wear for the Daisy Ceremony later this afternoon, stop by Daisy’s Closet during this time to shop! Daisy’s Closet is an on-campus clothing rental service that is free of charge to students. During the year, students can borrow formalwear, business casual and more!

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Student Track – Dean’s Discussion

Murchison Lane Auditorium

Join Dean of Student Life Kerry Greenstein as he introduces you to Student Life at Sweet Briar and discusses his role on campus. This session will review some of the basic rules and regulations for life on campus, as well as strategies for successfully transitioning to college.

Family Track – Family Skits

Fitness and Athletic Center, Field House

Orientation leaders will provide a glimpse into what you can expect to experience while your student is away at college. These humorous skits will help prompt conversation and questions about topics such as communication, setting boundaries and more, which the OL’s are happy to answer from their perspective as a student!

2:30-3 p.m. Prepare for Daisy Ceremony

Traditionally students wear a white outfit for this event. 

If preferred, please feel free to wear your Sweet Briar class t-shirt.  Students should arrive at their Homebase appropriately dressed.

3-3:30 p.m. Gather for Daisy Ceremony

Homebase Locations

Gather here to receive instructions from your OL and to line up for the ceremony. 

3:30-4:30 p.m. Daisy Ceremony and Class Photo

Upper Quad
Rain Location: Fitness and Athletics Center, Field House

Led by Dean of the College Teresa Garrett and Student Government Association President Ciara Kocik ‘23. Please join us as the Sweet Briar community formally welcomes you. A class photo will be taken on the Benedict Hall steps at the conclusion of the ceremony. 

New students and families are invited to attend. Families may gather on the Benedict Hall lawn. Seating is also available in front of Pannell and Reid.

4:30-7 p.m. Break and Final Farewell to Families

New students are invited to run any last minute errands, get dinner and say goodbye before families depart campus.

This concludes our families orientation program.  We wish you well on your journey home!

5-7 p.m. Optional: Dinner

Prothro Dining Room

5-6 p.m. Optional: Transfer/Turning Point Student Dinner

Prothro, Johnson Dining Room

All new Transfer students (students who have attended another college or university prior to Sweet Briar) and Turning Point students (students who are age 23 or older) are invited to join us for dinner.  Meeting other new students in these groups will help establish a support system as you navigate your first year at Sweet Briar.

7-8 p.m. Orientation Small Group Meeting

Homebase Locations

8-9:30 p.m. Optional: Dorm Decor Craft Night with Your RA’s

Prothro Dining Room

Join your Resident Advisors to make crafts to decorate your new dorm room. Bring your roommate or hallmates and get in on the fun! All supplies will be provided.

9-10:30 p.m. Optional: Outdoor Movie Night

Prothro Student Commons Courtyard
Rain Location: Fitness and Athletics Center, Field House

Bring a blanket or camping chair to enjoy a movie screening in the heart of campus! Popcorn and snacks will be provided.


Monday, August 15

7-9 a.m. Breakfast

Prothro Dining Room

7:30-8 a.m. Optional: Private Horse Owners Meeting

Harriet Howell Rogers Riding Center

This is a required meeting for any student who is boarding a personal horse. Shuttle departs from post office at 7:25 a.m.

8-10:15 a.m. Optional: Placement Rides and Riding Center Job Fair

Harriet Howell Rogers Riding Center

If you have any prior riding experience, you should participate in the placement rides. Placement rides are scheduled by your last name. See shuttle schedule above for departure times. The job fair is a great way to learn about student work opportunities at the stables.

  • 8-8:45 a.m. Students with last names A-F
    Shuttle departs from post office at 7:50 a.m.
  • 8:45-9:30 a.m. Students with last names G-P
    Shuttle departs from post office at 8:35 a.m.
  • 9:30-10:15 a.m. Students with last names Q-Z
    Shuttle departs from post office at 9:20 a.m.

8:30-10 a.m. Optional: Outdoor Program Activity

Enjoy the beauty of campus with trip leaders from our Outdoor Program! No experience required.

9-9:50 a.m. Optional: Greenhouse Tour

Join Prof. Lisa Powell for a tour of Sweet Briar’s 26,000-square-foot greenhouse. You’ll see many of the vegetables you’ll be enjoying in Prothro growing in both soil-based and hydroponic systems and will learn about opportunities to get involved in campus agriculture and other sustainability-related activities.

10:30-11:30 a.m. What Do Women Want? Leadership in Our Time with President Meredith Woo

Murchison Lane Auditorium

Sigmund Freud once said “The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is “What does a woman want?”  President Meredith Woo will use this question as a starting point to explore the issue of women leadership today. 

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch and Break

Prothro Dining Room

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Optional: Commuter Student Lunch

Prothro, Johnson Dining Room

All new commuter students are invited to join us for lunch.  Meeting other commuter students will help establish a support system as you navigate your first year at Sweet Briar.

1-4:50 p.m. Educational Session Rotations

Students will attend the following educational sessions over the afternoons on Monday (8/15) and Tuesday (8/16). Your Orientation Leader will provide clarification on which sessions to attend on which date. Students will have free time when not in session.

Academic Preparedness

Homebase Locations

Orientation leaders will present on the transition from high school to college including tips and tricks to make the most of your first semester! Topics will include Google apps, mySBC, how to read a syllabus, and building positive relationships with your professors.

Accessibility/Academic Resource Center

Benedict Hall, Tyson Auditorium

In this session, Assistant Dean of Student Success Dr. Tony Ryals and Academic Resource Center Manager Hayley Kirby will go over the keys to student success, self-advocacy and how it all plays a role in your educational journey. They will also be available to answer any of your questions related to academic accommodations, academic resources, and ESA/Service Animals.

Bystander Intervention Training

Fitness and Athletics Center, 1948 Theater

Everyone can be a bystander to a situation, but it takes more to be an active bystander. Have you ever seen something bad happen and wondered whether or not you should have taken action? Bystander intervention is the act of assisting someone in an emergency or non-emergency situation, which ranges from talking to a friend who you’ve noticed is feeling down to assisting someone in a troubling situation at a party. Whether we know it or not, we are all bystanders to various events throughout our lifetime and it’s up to us to take a stand and intervene when appropriate. 

Living Our Honor Code

Homebase Locations

Orientation Leaders will share the value and importance of Sweet Briar’s Honor Code, which provides many privileges to our students. Students will have a chance to discuss the impact of individual actions on the community and interpret how they would respond in different situations.

Library Tour

Mary Helen Cochran Library

Come meet the staff and learn about all the resources our campus library has to offer!

Residence Life and Campus Safety

Prothro, Johnson Dining Room

Director of Campus Safety Brian Marker will orient you to the basics of our emergency response procedures and the resources available from Campus Safety for both emergency and non-emergency situations. This session will also introduce you to residential living on campus. Residence Life Manager Nakia Johnson will share key features and policies of residence halls and highlight residential support systems. 

5-7 p.m. Dinner and Break

Prothro Dining Room

7-8 p.m. Orientation Small Group Meeting

Homebase Location

8-9:30 p.m. Fall Athletes Time with Coaches

Fitness and Athletics Center

8-10:30 p.m. Optional: Vixenpalooza

Fitness and Athletic Center,  Field House

Meet and mingle with your class while enjoying a night of games, music and giant inflatables!


Tuesday, August 16

7-9 a.m. Breakfast

Prothro Dining Room

8:30-10 a.m. Optional: Outdoor Program Offering

Enjoy the beauty of campus with trip leaders from our Outdoor Program! No experience required.

9-9:50 a.m. Optional: Greenhouse Tour

Join Prof. Lisa Powell for a tour of Sweet Briar’s 26,000-square-foot greenhouse. You’ll see many of the vegetables you’ll be enjoying in Prothro growing in both soil-based and hydroponic systems and will learn about opportunities to get involved in campus agriculture and other sustainability-related activities.

9-9:50 a.m. Education Majors Meeting

Benedict 101

Teaching is challenging, rewarding, and important work. Our schools need good teachers- confident educators who respond to meet the needs of all students who enter their classrooms. Join us for a time of sharing and discussion to learn how Sweet Briar’s education department prepares highly qualified professionals who will make a difference in the lives of children.

9-9:50 a.m. Engineering Science Majors Meeting

Guion 127C

Are you thinking about majoring in Engineering? Come join us for an information session on what it takes to be an Engineering science major and what kind of things you can do with this degree. We’ll go over a typical plan of study and the major requirements as well as answer any questions you might have.

9-9:50 a.m. Pre-Professional Meetings

  • Pre-Law – Benedict 201
  • Pre-Med  – Benedict 101
  • Pre-Vet – Guion 012

10-10:30 a.m. Financial Aid and Student Employment

Murchison Lane Auditorium

What happens now?  Join Director of Financial Aid Wanda Spradley to discuss Financial Aid do’s and don’ts, as well as Campus Student Employment.

10:30-11 a.m. Academic Introduction

Murchison Lane Auditorium

Your academic success is a top priority while you are here at Sweet Briar. In this session, you will get to know Dean of the College Teresa Garrett and how she and her team work together to support you on your academic journey. 

11-11:30 a.m. Registrar’s Office

Murchison Lane Auditorium

Registrar Jay Flynn will help new students understand their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Students will be given the opportunity to indicate who can have access to their records at Sweet Briar.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch and Break

Prothro Dining Room

12-12:50 p.m. Optional: Honors Program Orientation Lunch

Prothro, Josey Dining Room

This meeting is for students participating in the Honors Program. We’ll discuss the requirements for earning departmental Honors and provide some examples of Honors theses that have been previously completed. Attendance is not required, but recommended. Feel free to bring your lunch in.

1-4:50 p.m. Educational Sessions

Students will attend the following educational sessions over the afternoons on Monday (8/15) and Tuesday (8/16). Your Orientation Leader will provide clarification on which sessions to attend on which date. Students will have free time when not in session.

Academic Preparedness

Homebase Locations

Orientation leaders will present on the transition from high school to college including tips and tricks to make the most of your first semester!  Topics will include Google apps, mySBC, how to read a syllabus, and building positive relationships with your professors.

Accessibility/Academic Resource Center

Benedict Hall, Tyson Auditorium

In this session, Assistant Dean of Student Success Dr. Tony Ryals and Academic Resource Center Manager Hayley Kirby will go over the keys to student success, self-advocacy and how it all plays a role in your educational journey. They will also be available to answer any of your questions related to academic accommodations, academic resources, and ESA/Service Animals.

Bystander Intervention Training

Fitness and Athletics Center, 1948 Theater

Everyone can be a bystander to a situation, but it takes more to be an active bystander. Have you ever seen something bad happen and wondered whether or not you should have taken action? Bystander intervention is the act of assisting someone in an emergency or non-emergency situation, which ranges from talking to a friend who you’ve noticed is feeling down to assisting someone in a troubling situation at a party. Whether we know it or not, we are all bystanders to various events throughout our lifetime and it’s up to us to take a stand and intervene when appropriate. 

Living Our Honor Code

Homebase Locations

Orientation Leaders will share the value and importance of Sweet Briar’s Honor Code, which provides many privileges to our students. Students will have a chance to discuss the impact of individual actions on the community and interpret how they would respond in different situations.

Library Tour

Mary Helen Cochran Library

Come meet the staff and learn about all the resources our campus library has to offer!

Residence Life and Campus Safety

Prothro, Johnson Dining Room

Director of Campus Safety Brian Marker will orient you to the basics of our emergency response procedures and the resources available from Campus Safety for both emergency and non-emergency situations. This session will also introduce you to residential living on campus. Residence Life Manager Nakia Johnson will share key features and policies of residence halls and highlight residential support systems.

5-7 p.m. Dinner and Break

Prothro Dining Room

5-7 p.m. Fall Athletes Time with Coaches

Fitness and Athletics Center

7-8 p.m. Orientation Small Group Meeting

Homebase Locations

8-9 p.m. Optional: Co-Sponsored Evening Social Events

Various Locations

Choose from a variety of social events this evening! Pick one and stay, or feel free to venture between the offerings.

Cookie Decorating with SGA

Prothro Atrium

New students are invited to join Student Government Association (SGA) officers for cookie decorating and to learn more about how you can get involved with SGA.

Cornhole in the Courtyard

Prothro Student Commons Courtyard

Come relax in the courtyard while playing yard games like jenga, connect four and of course, corn hole!

Multicultural Night Market

Reid Pit Student Center

Sample, sing and socialize at our first annual Multicultural Night Market! Sample authentic flavors from around the world. Sing at the karaoke station or show off your tik tok moves. Socialize with some new friends while playing games and doing crafts. Stop in or stay awhile!

9-10 p.m. Optional: Service Social

Prothro, Josey Dining Room

  • Fleece Tie-Blanket Making – Make fleece tie-blankets for Miriam’s House, a local organization committed to aiding homeless women and children in the greater Lynchburg area.  No sewing or crafting experience required!
  • Cardz For Kidz – Cardz for Kidz is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that collects and delivers cards to sick and recovering children, elderly, and trauma patients across the US and overseas.  Join us to make cards to help brighten someone’s day! 

Wednesday, August 17

7-9 a.m. Breakfast

Prothro Dining Room

9-10 a.m. Sweet Briar History and Philanthropy with AR&D

Homebase Locations

Join some of our engaging Sweet Briar alumnae from the Alumnae Relations and Admissions Offices for an overview of Sweet Briar history and philanthropy. This session will equip you with ideas on how to learn more about Sweet Briar’s institutional history, how to get involved and support Sweet Briar and the wider community.

10-11:30 a.m. Traditions, Clubs, Organizations and Communities 

Homebase Locations

Your orientation leader will discuss campus involvement and how to optimize your college experience through extracurricular activities. They will also share information on how you can participate in Sweet Briar’s rich and unique traditions that students have shared for decades!

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch and Break

Prothro Dining Room

1-4:50 p.m. Educational Session Rotations

Students will attend the following educational sessions over the afternoon on either Wednesday (8/17) or Thursday (8/18). Your Orientation Leader will provide clarification on which sessions to attend on which date. Students will have the other afternoon free when they are not in sessions.

Community Values

Benedict Hall, Tyson Auditorium

Now that you have learned the importance of Sweet Briar’s Honor Code, join Dean of Student Life Kerry Greenstein for a more in-depth exploration of your personal and community values – how to define them, share them and live them with integrity.

Special Topics: Sample Classroom Experience

Various Locations

Sweet Briar’s faculty are excited to share their knowledge with you! In this special topics lecture, students will have a chance to experience the classroom firsthand to learn about a specific area of interest.

Finding Classrooms Tour

Homebase Locations

Spend time navigating the campus academic buildings with your orientation group so that you’re all prepared for the first week of classes! Be sure to bring a printed or digital copy of your assigned class schedule with you to this session. 

Introduction to the Multicultural Center

Reid Pit Student Center

Learn more about how you can engage with the Multicultural Center – a safe space and resource for underrepresented minority students and communities at Sweet Briar. The Center serves as an educational space for all members of the community to learn about topics and issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion. The Multicultural Center is also home to international student support services, study abroad, the Multicultural Communities Council and Daisy’s Closet.

5-7 p.m. Dinner and Break

Prothro Dining Room

7-8:30 p.m. The Great Game

Homebase Locations

New students will play Sweet Briar’s “Great Game”, an app that is a combination scavenger hunt and mobile escape room. The game will be played with your orientation group, creating a fun way to learn important landmarks, campus culture and traditions together. Your orientation leader will provide information about how to download the app before play begins.

8:30-9:30 p.m. Orientation Small Group Meetings

Homebase Locations


Thursday, August 18

7-9 a.m. Breakfast

Prothro Dining Room

9-10 a.m. Time Management with Dr. Morrissey

Murchison Lane Auditorium

Academic success requires more than brains. Budget your time to complete work, while leaving time for relaxation and a good night’s sleep. Join Dr. John Morrissey, professor of biology, to discuss effective time management.

10-11:30 a.m. Common Read: “My Monticello”

Location TBD

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch and Break

Prothro Dining Room

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Optional: Student Success Lunch & Learn

Prothro, Josey Dining Room

Bring your lunch to learn tips and tricks from upper-division students about how to be academically, socially and personally successful while at Sweet Briar. Insights will be shared by first-generation, neurodivergent, BIPOC and international students. All are welcome to attend this lunch and learn.

1-4:50 p.m. Educational Session Rotations

Students will attend the following educational sessions over the afternoon on either Wednesday (8/17) or Thursday (8/18). Your Orientation Leader will provide clarification on which sessions to attend on which date. Students will have the other afternoon free when they are not in sessions.

Community Values

Benedict Hall, Tyson Auditorium

Now that you have learned the importance of Sweet Briar’s Honor Code, join Dean of Student Life Kerry Greenstein for a more in-depth exploration of your personal and community values – how to define them, share them and live them with integrity.

Special Topics: Sample Classroom Experience

Various Locations

Sweet Briar’s faculty are excited to share their knowledge with you! In this special topics lecture, students will have a chance to experience the classroom firsthand to learn about a specific area of interest.

Finding Classrooms Tour

Homebase Locations

Spend time navigating the campus academic buildings with your orientation group so that you’re all prepared for the first week of classes! Be sure to bring a printed or digital copy of your assigned class schedule with you to this session. 

Introduction to the Multicultural Center

Reid Pit Student Center

Learn more about how you can engage with the Multicultural Center – a safe space and resource for underrepresented minority students and communities at Sweet Briar. The Center serves as an educational space for all members of the community to learn about topics and issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion. The Multicultural Center is also home to international student support services, study abroad, the Multicultural Communities Council and Daisy’s Closet.

5-7 p.m. Dinner and Break

Prothro Dining Room

7-8 p.m. Orientation Small Group Meetings

Homebase Locations

8-10 p.m. Optional: Board Game Bash

Prothro Dining Room

Are you ready to play? Join your OL’s for a variety of board and card games that will be provided, or feel free to bring your own! A sweet snack will also be provided.


Friday, August 19

7-9 a.m. Breakfast

Prothro Dining Room

9-10 a.m. Sweet PEA’s: Going Out Safely

Homebase Locations

Engage in a healthy lifestyle at Sweet Briar!  This session, led by the Sweet PEAs (Peer Health Educators and Advocates), will address how to make smart, safe and healthy lifestyle choices for yourself both on-campus and off, as you adjust to the independence that college can provide.

10-11:30 a.m. Wellness Tours

Various Locations

In order to prepare you for a healthy life on campus, your orientation leaders will share key campus locations that support health and wellness including the Fitness and Athletics Center, the Interfaith Prayer Room and the Health Center.

11:30-1 p.m. Lunch and Break

Prothro Dining Room

12-1 p.m. Honor Code Pledge Signing Ceremony

Class of 1972 Student Commons Courtyard
Rain location: Mills Chapel

Having learned about the Honor Code, you can now display your commitment to upholding integrity on campus. All new students will sign the pledge canvas that corresponds with their class year.

3-5 p.m. Optional: Faculty/Staff vs. Students Kickball and Tailgate

Softball Field

Let’s hit the field! New students are invited to play kickball against a team of faculty and staff members. This tradition mirrors the game played during senior year. Not into kickball? No problem! Come enjoy tailgate snacks and decorate your own cowbell to cheer at athletic games. 

5-7 p.m. Dinner

Prothro Dining Room


Saturday, August 20

Time TBD Breakfast

Prothro Dining Room

Time TBD Lunch

Prothro Dining Room

Time TBD Dinner

Prothro Dining Room

7-10 p.m. CEO Dell Party

The Dell

Mingle with returning students and enjoy live music during your first Dell party, a Sweet Briar staple! 


Sunday, August 21

Time TBD Breakfast

Prothro Dining Room

Time TBD Lunch

Prothro Dining Room

4-5 p.m. Opening Convocation

Murchison Lane Auditorium

Convocation marks the official beginning of the academic year. Join President Meredith Woo, Dean of the College Teresa Garrett, faculty, staff and returning students in welcoming the new year!

5-6:30 p.m. Optional: Community Picnic

Prothro Dining Room

All students, faculty and staff are invited to enjoy a community picnic together.