August Orientation

August Orientations concentrate primarily on issues of adjustment and the development of skills, both of which are critical to success in college. August Orientation (Aug-O) is mandatory for all new first-year and transfer students. Pre-Orientation programs are optional but highly recommended.


Aug-O activities will offer you an opportunity to get to know your fellow students, to learn more about living and learning at Denison, and to have a lot of fun. 

During this time, you will attend various programs and activities designed to familiarize you with Denison, the members of your class, and issues concerning the adjustment to college life. While activities will be taking place throughout move-in day, the required event for entering first-year students to attend is the “Assembly of Incoming Students,” which begins at 6 p.m. The Induction Ceremony will follow immediately, beginning at 7 p.m. After the ceremonial Induction of the class, parents depart, and new students immediately begin their orientation sessions.

First-Year Move-In Day Schedule

Students will move in on Thursday, August 25, 2022.

First-Year Move-In Day Schedule (Thursday, August 25, 2022)




9 am-1 pm


Aug-O staff, Community Advisors, and the Men’s Football Team will be on hand to help move your belongings into your residence hall.

11:30 am-2 pm


Enjoy a complimentary lunch in one of our dining halls.

1-3 pm

Resource Fair

Meet representatives from offices around campus and learn about all of the resources available to you.

3-5 pm

Welcome to Denison

Join us for concurrent student and family programming in the afternoon, where students will get to know each other, and parents will learn how Denison partners with them to support student success.

5-6 pm


Enjoy a complimentary dinner in one of our dining halls, or try one of Granville’s restaurants.

6-6:45 pm

Assembly of Incoming Students

First-year students will assemble at Swasey Chapel to prepare for their Induction Ceremony.

7:00 PM

Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2026

Each year, Denison welcomes the newest members of its student community at the Induction Ceremony. As part of this ceremony, held outdoors on the Reese~Shackelford Common, members of the faculty and staff greet and applaud the new class, which processes along Chapel Walk before arriving at the Common. The president formally welcomes the new class with a charge to excellence and service over the next four years. In addition to the president, speakers include the student body president of the Denison Campus Governance Association, the chair of the faculty, and the vice-president of Institutional Advancement.


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