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Families, here is your schedule of events during Welcome Week. Make sure you check the "other options" 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 22

For families of students arriving Wednesday (transfers, student employees, BUILD students).

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Family Check-In/Info Central: Please check in to receive your family info packet and name tags. Also stop by to get answers or directionswe're here to help!
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
2-3 p.m. Campus Tour (optional)
Meet at Admissions Guest Center - 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

Other options on Wednesday:

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Financial Aid Office
Robertson Center (RC) 326
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Business Office Help Desk: Bring your tuition payment questions here.
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2 (outside the Student Life Office)
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Campus Store
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

Thursday, August 23

This is the main arrival day.

9 a.m.-8 p.m. Family Check-In/Info Central: Please check in to receive your family info packet and name tags. Also stop by to get answers or directionswe're here to help!
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
2-4 p.m.

Afternoon Options: These are optional; most are offered again on Friday.
     
2-3 p.m. | Campus Tour | Meet at Admissions Guest Center - BC Level 2
     
2-3 p.m. | Faith Development in College | Clauson Center (CC) 313
 
   3-4 p.m. | Study Abroad Overview | Boardroom - BC Level 4
     
2-4 p.m. | Intercultural Programs Open House | Cultural Connection Center - CC 317
     2-4 p.m. | Family Break Room | Eastlund Room - Community Life Center (CLC) Level 2
     2-4 p.m. | Disability Services Walk-In Appointments | Student Life Office - BC Level 2

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  - CLC Level 1

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 - CLC Level 1
6-7:15 p.m. | Picnic | West Lawn
7:30 p.m. Dessert Reception with the President: While your student meets with his or her residence hallmates or fellow commuters, 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 options on Thursday:

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Financial Aid Office: Bring your financial aid questions here.
Robertson Center (RC) 326
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Business Office Help Desk: Bring your tuition payment questions here.
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2 (outside the Student Life Office)
9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Campus Store
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

Friday, August 24

7-9 a.m. Breakfast: Available for purchase at a special Welcome Week price for Bethel families.
Monson Dining Center - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 3
8 a.m.-6 p.m. Family Check-In/Info Central: If you haven't already, please check in to receive your family info packet and name tag. Also stop by to get answers or directionswe're here to help!
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2 (near the grand staircase)
9-9:30 a.m. The Bethel Experience: Join your student to learn about practical distinctives of the Bethel learning community.
Benson Great Hall - Community Life Center (CLC) Level 1
9:30-10:15 a.m. Family Coffee Break
CLC Patio
10:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Family Q&A 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.
Benson Great Hall - CLC Level 1
12:15-2 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 interact with other parents, receive a greeting from President Jay Barnes, and hear words of wisdom from current students and parents. Dress is casual. Registration will close on Friday, August 18. (Registration has now closed.)
Robertson Center (RC) Gym (Level 3)
2-4 p.m. Afternoon Options
     
2-3 p.m. | Campus Tour | Admissions Guest Center - BC Level 2
     
2-3 p.m. | Faith Development in College | The Underground - BC Level 2
 
   3-4 p.m. | Study Abroad Overview | Boardroom - BC Level 4
     2-4 p.m. | Family Break Room | Eastlund Room - CLC Level 2
   
 2-4 p.m. | Disability Services Walk-In Appointments | Student Life Office - BC Level 2
4-5:15 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 - CLC Level 1
5:30-7 p.m. Dinner/Family Goodbye
Monson Dining Center (special Welcome Week pricing) or off campus
7 p.m. Families Depart

Other options on Friday:

8 a.m.-4 p.m. Financial Aid Office: Bring your financial aid questions here.
Robertson Center (RC) 326
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Business Office Help Desk: Bring your tuition payment questions here.
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2 (outside the Student Life Office)
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Campus Store
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2