Gateways Fall Orientation

Saturday, Aug. 28 - Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021

Gateways Fall Orientation is an opportunity to further develop connections with peers and become better acclimated to and prepared for life on The Hill as the semester begins.

All first-year students participate in Gateways Fall Orientation. The program kicks off after move-in and concludes the day before classes start. We anticipate the program to be in-person this fall. 

This program will share information, expectations, and resources in the areas of academics, residence life, community standards, mental health, sexual respect, and diversity and inclusion. There will also be opportunities for students to connect with classmates and build community with one another. We look forward to welcoming you to campus. 

Opening Weekend Activities

Below is a preview of opening weekend activities for the Class of 2025. 

Box Lunch Pick-up - Saturday, Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Students and families will be able to pick up a complimentary box lunch once they move in. Limited outdoor seating will be provided. 

New Student and Families Reception - Saturday, Aug. 28 from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

Students and family members are all welcome to join us for light refreshments. 

Mass of the Holy Spirit - Saturday, Aug. 28 at 4 p.m.  

New students and their families are formally welcomed by Vincent Rougeau, president of Holy Cross, and the new academic year is inaugurated at the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Members of all faith traditions are most welcome at this Mass, which includes blessings of the new students by faculty, parents and mentors. 

Goodbye to Family - Saturday, Aug. 28 at 5:00 p.m.

Following mass we ask families to depart campus as students officially begin their orientation activities. 

Gateways Fall Orientation Begins - Saturday, Aug. 28 at 5:15 p.m.

Fall orientation picks up where summer orientation left off. Join us to meet classmates, become better acclimated with your surroundings and prepare for life on The Hill. Students will receive a detailed orientation schedule during the move-in process. 

First-Year Convocation and the President’s Banquet - Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 5:45 p.m. 

First-year students, student leaders, faculty and administrators convene for this celebration. Like St. Ignatius of Loyola, whose transformation began with reflection on the top of Montserrat, students will reflect on what it will take to succeed at Holy Cross. You will learn about the gifts your classmates bring to the community and celebrate the start of your journey together. President Rougeau invites you to join him for dinner at Kimball Dining Hall immediately following. Students, we suggest wearing more formal attire for these events. Suggested appropriate attire includes a blouse or collared shirt (tie optional), dress pants or khakis, or a sundress.