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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 23

For families of transfer students and student employees (Wednesday arrivals).

9 a.m.-5 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 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 things to take care of on Wednesday:

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Financial Aid Office
Location TBD
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Business Office
Location TBD
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Campus Store
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

Thursday, August 24

This is the main arrival day.

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
2-4 p.m. Afternoon Options: These are optional and offered again on Friday.
     
2-3 p.m. | Campus Tour | Meet at Admissions Guest Center - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2
 
   2-3 p.m. | Study Abroad Overview | Clauson Center (CC) 313
   
 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 

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:

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Financial Aid Office
Location TBD
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Business Office
Location TBD
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Campus Store
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2

Friday, August 25

7:15-9 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 and receive your family information packet. Ask questions or get 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 - Community Life Center (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. Register today!
Robertson Center (RC) Gym (Level 3)
2-4 p.m. Afternoon Options: These are optional and offered again on Friday.
     
2-3 p.m. | Campus Tour | Meet at Admissions Guest Center - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2
 
   2-3 p.m. | Study Abroad Overview | Boardroom - Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 4
     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
4-5:15 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 - Community Life Center (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 things to take care of on Friday:

8 a.m.-4 p.m. Financial Aid Office
Location TBD
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Business Office
Location TBD
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Campus Store
Brushaber Commons (BC) Level 2