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Parents and families, here is your schedule of events during Welcome Week. Make sure you check the "other things" section at the end of each day where you'll find some key details.

If your student is an early arrival, please check the student schedule for possible parent events.

Wednesday, August 24

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Family Check-In/Info Central (for families of students who arrive on Wednesday): Please check in and receive your family information packet. While you're there, feel free to ask questions or get directions.
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2 (near grand staircase)

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Lunch: Available for purchase at a special Welcome Week price for Bethel families.
Monson Dining Center - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 3

5-6:30 p.m.

Dinner: Available for purchase at a special Welcome Week price for Bethel families.
Monson Dining Center - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 3

Other things to take care of on Wednesday:

2-3 p.m.

Campus Tour
Meet outside Admissions Guest Center - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Financial Aid Office
Robertson Center (RC) 326

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Business Office
Clauson Center (CC) 208

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Campus Store
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

Thursday, August 25

9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Family Check-In/Info Central: Please check in and receive your family information packet. While you're there, feel free to ask questions or get directions.
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2 (near the grand staircase)

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Lunch: Available for purchase at a special Welcome Week price for Bethel families.
Monson Dining Center - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 3

4:45-7:15 p.m.

Lakeside Picnic and Kickoff Celebration 

Lakeside Picnic: Enjoy a complimentary outdoor picnic! Family members eat free, and new students are covered under their meal plan. Come anytime during your designated picnic window (see below). Start by getting a plate outside the CLC south doors, then visit the food stations in any order. Relax on the lawn or bring your food indoors.

Kickoff Celebration: Consider this your official welcome to Bethel! Join us for a big welcome from the Welcome Week staff, President Barnes, student leaders, and more. This is a great way to begin your time at Bethel! Arrive 15 minutes early to get a good seat.

To give you the best possible welcome experience, we've divided the incoming class into two groups for the picnic and kickoff:

Blue Group: Students living in Nelson, Edgren, and Lissner
4:45-6 p.m. | Picnic | West Lawn
6:15-7:15 p.m. | Kickoff | Benson Great Hall 

Gold Group: Commuters and students living in Arden Village, Bodien, Getsch, Heritage, North Waters, and North Woods
4:45-5:45 p.m. | Kickoff | Benson Great Hall
6-7:15 p.m. | Picnic | West Lawn

7:30 p.m.

Dessert Reception with the President: As your student meets with his or her Welcome Week core group, President Jay Barnes and his wife Barb invite you to an informal dessert reception for families. Relax after a busy day of moving and unpacking, connect with other parents and families, and enjoy delicious desserts!
Monson Dining Center - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 3

Other things to take care of on Thursday:

2-3 p.m.

Campus Tour
Meet outside Admissions Guest Center - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Financial Aid Office
Robertson Center (RC) 326

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Business Office
Clauson Center (CC) 208

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Campus Store
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

Friday, August 26

7:15-9:30 a.m.

Breakfast: Available for purchase at a special Welcome Week price for Bethel families.
Monson Dining Center - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 3

9-11 a.m.

Family Session: While your student is taking care of other details, you’re invited to an info session featuring a panel of key Bethel leaders who will share insights and answer your questions on how to support your student. Come early to enjoy coffee and breakfast pastries from 8:30 to 9 a.m. (just outside Benson Great Hall).
Benson Great Hall - Community Life Center (CLC) Level 1

9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Family Check-In/Info Central: Please check in and receive your family information packet. While you're there, feel free to ask questions or get directions.
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2 (near the grand staircase)

12-2 p.m.

Family Luncheon: While your student eats with his or her core group, enjoy a relaxing buffet lunch just for parents and families. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with other parents, receive a greeting from President Jay Barnes, and hear words of wisdom from current students and parents. Dress is casual. Cost is $12 per person. Registration will close on Friday, August 19. Register today!
Robertson Center (RC) Gym (Level 3)

3-4 p.m.

Study Abroad Overview (optional): For students and parents who want to know more about study abroad opportunities.
Clauson Center (CC) 313

3-4 p.m.

Making the Transition (optional): For students and parents who want to know more about disability services and accommodations.
The Underground - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

5-6:30 p.m.

Dinner: Available for purchase at a special Welcome Week price for Bethel families.
Monson Dining Center - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 3

7-8 p.m.

Commissioning Service: Led by the Campus Ministries team, this is a highlight for families and students. Be a part of this wonderful tradition that provides a meaningful sendoff and gives students and their families an opportunity to commit the year to the Lord. 
Benson Great Hall - Community Life Center (CLC) Level 1

8:15 p.m.

Legacy Photo: If you or another family member attended Bethel, stay after the service for a special large-group photo with your student.
Benson Great Hall

8:30 p.m.

Parents Depart

Other things to take care of on Friday:

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Financial Aid Office
Robertson Center (RC) 326

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Business Office
Clauson Center (CC) 208

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Campus Store
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2