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Parents, guardians, and families: As your student makes the transition to Bethel, we want to welcome you to the Bethel family as well! We have a great lineup of online events in July and August just for you (details below); please join as many as you can. In addition, you'll receive a family care package, which you may pick up on campus or receive by mail.

If you're looking for a place to stay near campus, several nearby hotels offer a Bethel discount.

Your wellbeing and the health of our campus community are important to us. Please help us by following these guidelines:

  • Two weeks before coming to campus, avoid high-risk COVID-19 environments.
  • If you feel ill, please take care of yourself at home.
  • Bring a mask to wear indoors and whenever social distancing is not possible.
  • During your visit, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance from people who are not from your household.

Monson Dining Center will not be available to families during Welcome Week. We encourage you to find a time later in the year to join your student for a meal on campus.

During Welcome Week and beyond, the Office of Alumni and Family Relations is here to support you. Contact us anytime. We offer special events for families throughout the year, a newsletter with tips on helping your student transition to college life, a new Facebook page for Bethel parents and families, and more!

Please continue to check the Welcome Week website for updates.

Thursday, July 9

7-8 p.m. Parent and Family Meet-Up 1: This is a great introduction to the Bethel family! Hear from Director of Alumni and Family Relations Jennifer Scott, other staff members, and seasoned Bethel parents. This is an interactive online session, so you'll be able to ask questions and connect with other families too.
Register and Join!

Friday, July 10

8-9 p.m. Parent and Family Meet-Up 2: This is a great introduction to the Bethel family! Hear from Director of Alumni and Family Relations Jennifer Scott, other staff members, and seasoned Bethel parents. This is an interactive online session, so you'll be able to ask questions and connect with other families too.
Register and Join!

Monday, July 20

7-8 p.m. Parent and Family Meet-Up 3: This is a great introduction to the Bethel family! Hear from Director of Alumni and Family Relations Jennifer Scott, other staff members, and seasoned Bethel parents. This is an interactive online session, so you'll be able to ask questions and connect with other families too.
Register and Join!

Tuesday, July 21

7-8 p.m. COVID-19 Parent Information Session: We know you have many questions as students prepare to come to campus. In this session, you'll hear from leaders on the 20-plus teams that have been working this summer on plans to maximize both safety and the hallmarks of the Bethel experience during the fall semester. Before the livestream on our YouTube account, you can read about the plans online.
Watch the Livestream
8-9 p.m. Parent and Family Meet-Up 4: This is a great introduction to the Bethel family! Hear from Director of Alumni and Family Relations Jennifer Scott, other staff members, and seasoned Bethel parents. This is an interactive online session, so you'll be able to ask questions and connect with other families too.
Register and Join!

Monday, August 10

7-8 p.m. Developing Faith During the College Years: An Evening With Bethel's Campus Pastors: Get to know Bethel's campus pastors and learn about the faith formation process. Find out how you can support your student's spiritual journey and how your student can engage in ministry opportunities at Bethel. Also learn how the Office of Christian Formation and Church Relations supports your son or daughter's faith formation, what Bethel offers regarding preaching, teaching, and discipleship, and how these opportunities will challenge and develop your student. At the live online session, you'll be able to ask questions via the Zoom Q&A feature. If you can't attend, a recording will be available for future viewing.
Register and Join!

Monday, August 17

7-8 p.m. This Is Bethel: Find out about enrichment opportunities for your student within Bethel's vibrant and diverse community. You’ll hear from Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Ruben Rivera and Associate Dean of Diversity and Intercultural Engagement Pang Moua. At the live online session, you'll be able to ask questions via the Zoom Q&A feature. If you can't attend, a recording will be available for future viewing.
Register and Join!

Monday, August 24

7-8 p.m. Overview of the First Year: Learn about Bethel's three-strand approach (academics, co-curricular activities, and spiritual life) and how various campus offices equip students for success. Join Dean of Student Programs Miranda Powers, Vice President for Christian Formation and Church Relations Laurel Bunker, and Associate Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Julie Finnern, Ed.D., at this live session. You'll be able to ask questions via the Zoom Q&A feature. If you can't attend, a recording will be available for future viewing.
Register and Join!

Monday, August 24-Tuesday, August 25

Commuter students sign up for a specific check-in time. Check-in for Commuters: This year, our commuter check-in process will take place over two days to minimize crowds and lines. We'll be ready to welcome you and your student at Info Central at their scheduled time. Maximum of two family members on campus, please. If you choose to not accompany your student to campus, we'll gladly mail your family care package to your home.
There are no on-campus sessions for families; instead, we're offering several online opportunities for you to connect and learn.
Kresge Courtyard (Park in the East Lot and walk between the buildings to Kresge, which is just north of Hagstrom Center.)
Local students in housing sign up for a specific time to move in their belongings. Move-In of Belongings Only for Local Students in Housing: This year, our move-in process will take place over several days. We'll be ready to welcome you and your student at their scheduled arrival time! Please honor this arrival time and limit your move-in window to four hours or less; this will help us minimize crowds, lines, and congested spaces. Maximum of two family members on campus, please.
Students are considered local if their home is within 30 miles of campus. All local students will bring their belongings to campus Monday or Tuesday, return home, and come back to campus later in the week.
There are no on-campus sessions for families; instead, we're offering several online opportunities for you to connect and learn.
Your student's residence hall

Thursday, August 27

Out-of-town student employees in housing sign up for a specific move-in time. Move-In for Out-of-Town Student Employees in Housing: This year, our move-in process will take place over several days. We'll be ready to welcome you and your student at their scheduled arrival time! Please honor this arrival time and limit your move-in window to four hours or less; this will help us minimize crowds, lines, and congested spaces. Maximum of two family members on campus, please.
This move-in day is for out-of-town students who have a campus job. Students are considered out of town if their home is beyond a 30-mile radius from campus. 
There are no on-campus sessions for families; instead, we're offering several online opportunities for you to connect and learn.
Your student's residence hall
12:30-1:45 p.m. Family Goodbye/Drop-Off for Student Employees: This is just for families of students with a campus job.
If your student settled their belongings earlier in the week, please say your goodbyes before dropping off your student on campus. Plan for a quick curbside drop-off at their residence hall. (You won't be allowed in the hall.) 
If your student moved in today, please plan to depart campus before 2 p.m., when employee orientation starts.
Your student's residence hall curb

Friday, August 28

Out-of-town students in housing sign up for a specific move-in time. Move-In for Out-of-Town Students in Housing: This year, our move-in process will take place over several days. We'll be ready to welcome you and your student at their scheduled arrival time! Please honor this arrival time and limit your move-in window to four hours or less; this will help us minimize crowds, lines, and congested spaces. Maximum of two family members on campus, please.
Students are considered out of town if their home is beyond a 30-mile radius from campus. 
There are no on-campus sessions for families; instead, we're offering several online opportunities for you to connect and learn.
Your student's residence hall
5-6 p.m. Kick-Off Celebration: This online celebration includes a big welcome from campus leaders and a commissioning reflection and prayer. 
Local families: Please watch at home with your student (unless you already dropped off your student for employee orientation). Out-of-town families of Friday arrivers: If you're still on campus, you and your student are invited to view the kick-off in Benson Great Hall (Community Life Center Level 1).
Watch online!
6:15-7:45 p.m. Family Goodbye/Drop-Off for Students in Housing:
If you're local, please say your goodbyes before dropping off your student on campus. Plan for a quick curbside drop-off at their residence hall. (You won't be allowed in the hall.)
Out-of-town families should plan to depart campus before 8 p.m.
Your student's residence hall curb

Saturday, August 29

9-10 a.m. Coffee and Conversation with Ross and Annie: Grab your coffee and join this casual online conversation with Bethel's new president Ross Allen and his wife Annie. Also meet Jennifer Scott, director of Alumni and Family Relations and host of this session.
Join online!