Welcome to the BVU community.
Congratulations! Your son or daughter is about to embark on a new journey. All of your hard work, dedication and support have brought them to this point - the start of college. Over the next four years, he/she will be introduced to many opportunities that will challenge them to grow and develop on all levels.
The faculty, staff, and administration at BVU are all dedicated to providing a positive and rewarding educational experience for our students. We also recognize that this is significant step for you and your family so we have provided you with this web page with schedules for the first weekend and the first week of activities. Your student will be very busy from the time they move in all the way through to the following weekend. Encourage them to immerse themselves into the curricular and co-curricular events planned to acclimate them to BVU. If they do, they will have a much smoother transition.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or any other member of the Student Affairs staff.
Meg McKeon, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students
Friday, August 24
The big day has arrived for your son/daughter – moving into their residence hall and the start of college. At BVU we strive to make this move and transition as smooth as possible so there will be plenty of people there to help you. We ask that you follow the check-in schedule listed below.
- 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Students with the last name beginning with A through L will move in
- 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Students with the last name beginning with M through Z will move in
You and your student will be directed to your residence hall and the check-in table where you will get your keys and sign your housing contract. Members of the O-Team and other student organizations will assist you with moving in. You will also meet your RA and Residence Hall Advisor.
7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Brunch
After that long drive and moving in, make your way to the Dows Grand Ballroom for your first official meal as new members of the BVU community. Students must bring their student ID card for their meal. Parents and other guests are welcome to purchase brunch with cash or check.
7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. - Validation
If you have not submitted all required forms and payments you will be directed to the Forum where you can meet with Health Services, Financial Assistance and Business Services to complete your requirements. Be sure to bring a copy of your health insurance card and ID.
2:00 p.m. - Welcome Address – Siebens Fieldhouse
Parents, family and friends are invited to join the students in the Siebens Fieldhouse for their officially welcome to BVU by the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students. Parents, family and friends will be asked to sit in the designated bleacher area. Student volunteers and staff will be there to direct you. After the welcome, you will be asked to leave the Fieldhouse and proceed over to Schaller Memorial Chapel for Convocation. Your students will process in separately.
2:30 p.m. - Victory Arch Processional to Schaller Memorial Chapel
Students will take part in their first BVU tradition: the ringing of the Victory Bell and march through the Victory Arch to Schaller Memorial Chapel.
2:45 p.m. - Founder’s Day Convocation – Schaller Memorial Chapel
Your family and friend are invited to attend the annual Founder’s Day Convocation, another important BVU tradition. Special tributes will be paid to you and your classmates and new students will be presented with the academic foundation.
3:45 p.m. - President’s Reception – Lawn West of Schaller Memorial Chapel
President Fred Moore and his wife, Susan, cordially invite you, your student and guests to a special reception. As you enjoy refreshments, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet many faculty and staff who will be working with you throughout your years at BVU.
4:15 p.m. - Goodbyes!
After a busy day, it is time to say good-bye to your student. Don’t worry – they still have a very busy day/evening/night ahead of them – they won’t be bored or alone! If you want to know what they will be doing the rest of the day, week-end and the following week check out the First Year Schedule posted on this page! Thank you for choosing to send your son or daughter to BVU!