New Student Orientation Weekend

Gwynedd Valley Campus
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

New Student Orientation will introduce you to the culture, traditions, and expectations of Gwynedd Mercy University and prepare you for your first semester. You will also receive the information and resources you need to be successful in your college experience. 

The weekend begins with Move-In Day and includes service projects, our famous Casino Night, campus BBQ, and tons of info sessions and activities. You will also officially be inducted into Griffin Nation at our Griffinnation Celebration!   

New Student Orientation is mandatory for all first-year students. If you have any questions about New Student Orientation, please contact Assistant Director for New Student Orientation and Student Activities Danielle Davis at

Learn more about GMercyU's New Student Orientation programming by visiting our website and checking out our Instagram

Orientation Weekend Schedule

Thursday, August 22

Resident Student Move-In and Check-In - St. Brigid Parking Lot
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Resident students will receive move-in information from the Office of Residence Life.

Community Lunch - Maguire Lawn (Rain Location: Waldron Café/Griffinaerie, Waldron Center – 2nd Floor)
10:45 a.m.- 12:45 p.m.
Complimentary lunch will be provided for you and two guests. Additional lunch tickets can be purchased for $5.

Commuter Student Check-In - Outside of Rotelle Lounge, Griffin Complex
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Welcome, Class Blessing, and Academic Convocation - Gymnasium, Griffin Complex
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Join our faculty, staff, and administration as we show you our version of “Mercy Hospitality” and welcome you and your family to our Gwynedd Mercy University community!

Parent & Family Session - Gymnasium, Griffin Complex
2:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Parents and family – have all of your remaining questions answered by our staff at this interactive session.

Orientation Leader Group Time with Students - Various Locations
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Group Photo - GMercyU Welcome Wall
3:30 p.m - 3:45 p.m.

Parent & Family Reception - Genuardi Pavilion (Rain Location: Rotelle Lounge, Griffin Complex)
3:45 p.m - 4:15 p.m.

Playfair - Gymnasium, Griffin Complex
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Get to know your fellow Griffins at this high-intensity event!

Dinner with your Orientation Leader - Maguire Lawn (Rain Location: Waldron Café/Griffinaerie)
6:15 p.m - 7:45 p.m.

Campus Kahoot - Griffinaerie 
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Learn more about our University at this fun, interactive session!

Residence Hall Floor Meetings - St. Brigid Hall, Loyola Hall, Siena Hall
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Mandatory meetings for all Resident Students

First Night Fest Gymnasium, Griffin Complex
9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Have fun with you knew friends playing laser tag and LED mini golf while enjoying treats!

Late Night Event - Griffinaerie
10:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Have fun with lip sync battles and a late-night food bar! 

Friday, August 23

Breakfast with your Orientation Leader - Waldron Café
7:30 a.m - 9:00 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions: Introduction to Mercy, Service Project, OL Guided Tours, FYE Class, Transfer Session - OLs will lead groups
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch - Maguire Lawn (Rain Location: Waldron Café/Griffinaerie)
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Service Reflection - Various Locations
2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

University Expectations - Various Locations
3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. 

Red Zone and Surviving the Party - Julia Ball Auditorium
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The first six weeks of college, also known as the “red zone,” is considered to be a precarious time for new students. Adopt a healthier perspective on partying during this very open and honest discussion of alcohol, consent, and sexual assault. 

Dinner - Maguire Lawn (Rain Location: Waldron Café/Griffinaerie)
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Casino Night - Rotelle Lounge, Griffin Complex
7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Join us for the ultimate campus casino experience with an O2 bar, food, fun, music, raffles, and of course, casino games!

Late Night Event - Griffinaerie
10:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Join in the Karaoke fun with some late-night food! 

Saturday, August 24

Breakfast with your Orientation Leader - Waldron Café
7:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Michael Miller - Julia Ball Auditorium
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Whether you are a freshman or transfer, some of the challenges can be the same; new environment, new friends, new situations, new expectations. Michael brings energy, inspiration, and humor to his sessions leaving attendees more confident that “everything is going to be alright”. He seeks to help others be their best and get what they want out of their work and life. He does this by teaching them to think differently about themselves.

Lunch - Waldron Café
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Orientation Leader Group Time - Various Locations
1:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.

D.A.P (Diversity Awareness Program) Julia Ball Auditorium
2:00 p.m. - 5 p.m.
The purpose of D.A.P. is to promote diversity and cultural awareness in all aspects of life to the students, faculty, and staff on the University campus through active engagements of active discussions on social issues and ideas.

Griffinnation Celebration! - Genuardi Pavilion (Rain Location: Waldron Café/Griffinaerie)
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Congratulations – at this event you will officially be inducted into the Griffin Nation! Afterward, we will celebrate with a barbeque and fun on the lawn!

Mentalist: Banachek - Julia Ball Auditorium
8:30 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.
Described as the “Cream of the Crop” when it comes to entertainers, Banachek is the world’s leading Mentalist. His talents are so incredible that he is the only mentalist ever to fool scientists into believing he possessed ‘Psychic powers’ but to later reveal he was fooling them.

Late Night Event - Griffinaerie
10:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Have a relaxing game night with your friends and enjoy a late-night food bar! 

Sunday, August 25

Brunch with your Orientation Leader - Waldron Café
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Campbell Solution Center  
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Take care of any last-minute needs at Campbell Solution Center. 

Griffin Loop Available
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Griffin Loop provides you with free transportation to area attractions – Wawa, Montgomery Mall, Target, and Gwynedd Crossing. 

Mass - Chapel
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Dinner - Waldron Café
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.