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We warmly welcome you and your student to the Stanford Family!

New Student Move-In Day: Tuesday, September 17, 2024

We invite parents and family members to join us on campus for the first day of NSO: Tuesday September 17, 2024. (A detailed schedule for the day will be posted by September 1.)

Spend the morning helping your student move in to their new residence and meet their residential community. Lunch in your student's dining hall is complimentary for families on this special day. In the afternoon, stop by the many welcomes and open houses hosted by various community centers and offices across campus. Make your way to Frost Amphitheater in the late afternoon for the 134th Opening Convocation Ceremony, our formal inauguration of the academic year. The conclusion of Convocation is the traditional time for families and students to say your goodbyes, so that students can join their dormmates for their first dinner and House Meeting together (required). We invite you to end your day with us at the NSO Dinner with the Provost for Parents and Families, a featured event for our newest families. Tickets to this dinner event will be available to purchase online in June.

  • 8AM: New Student Move-In begins. Students are encouraged to arrive by 12PM. All new students must be checked in by 5PM.
  • Afternoon: Community Welcomes and Open Houses
  • Late afternoon: Opening Convocation Ceremony
  • Evening: Dinner with the Provost for Parents & Families (Ticketed event)

134th Opening Convocation Ceremony

Frost Amphitheater & Livestream

On Tuesday, September 17, 2024, new students and their families will be welcomed to Stanford at the 134th Opening Convocation Ceremony, the formal inauguration of the academic year. Together with their new classmates, your student will participate in celebrating the beginning of Stanford's New Student Orientation at this time-honored tradition, held in Frost Amphitheater. We invite all families to share this experience with your student by joining us in person or by watching the Convocation Ceremony with us via livestream. 

After September 17

After September 17, families are welcome to visit campus and take self-guided walking tours. Please note that your student will be occupied in required NSO programs for the remainder of NSO week, so please do not make any off-campus plans with them during this time.

Diversity and Access Office

For disability-related accommodation requests or wheelchair access information for family members, please contact the Diversity and Access Office at (650) 725-0326 or

Campus Parking for Move-In Day

Temporary parking in residential parking lots while checking in will be allowed for move-in. After unloading your car, please move it immediately to the Galvez Parking Lot.

Free all-day parking is available in the Galvez Parking Lot on Tuesday, September 17, 2024. Print and display the NSO Arrival Day Parking Pass (coming soon) in your car. The Galvez Lot is located across the street from Frost Amphitheater and the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recration, where Convocation and the Provost Dinner will be held, and where many of you will end your day. If you park in the Galvez Lot, free shuttles will return you to the residences and central campus.

All parking regulations will continue to be enforced. You must not park in front of fire hydrants, FDC pipes, or barricades, cones, caution tape, or other signage indicating that parking is not allowed. Citations may be issued to parked cars blocking these emergency access areas.

Please be sure to lock your vehicle. Do not leave any valuables and remove all bags/suitcases from view in your car.


Approaching Stanford/NSO Team
For questions before your student's arrival to campus
(650) 723-7674

Stanford Parent & Family Help Line
For questions during the academic year
(650) 725-0649