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New Student Orientation is comprised of multiple events over the course of six days. As a new student, NSO is intended to show you the diversity of the community around you. The following events will seek to broaden your perspective as you begin this academic journey.

*Indicates student attendance is required.

131st Opening Convocation Ceremony*

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. • Frost Amphitheater

President Marc Tessier-Lavigne welcomes new students and families to Stanford during this formal inauguration of the academic year. This event will be livestreamed and the recording will be made available after orientation.

Guests attending Convocation must adhere to Stanford's Visitor Policy and reserve tickets in advance. Please review Convocation Guest Instructions.  Please note that this event is subject to change, due to health and safety considerations related to COVID-19. Thank you for your understanding.

Watch the Convocation Livestream

Following Convocation, families are welcome to stay for lunch in the dining hall with their students and to walk around campus during the day. NSO Guest Wristbands are required anc can be picked up from the Family Welcome Booth in White Plaza. Families should plan to say goodbye to their students and depart campus by 5:00 p.m. on this day so that students can have dinner with their dormmates and participate in required NSO programming that evening. Students will be occupied in NSO programs for the duration of the week.

Opening House Meeting*

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
After dinner, participate in this first important and informative house meeting with your residence staff.

Discover Stanford and Class Photo*

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Provost Persis Drell and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Sarah Church will address the purpose of a liberal education and offer guidance and perspective as you begin your Stanford journey. Following their remarks, the Office for Inclusion, Belonging and Intergroup Communication (IBIC) will present Toward Racial Equity at Stanford University, with a performance by artist, Ramiro Maxeechoga Hampson-Medina ’22. At the conclusion of this event, class photos will be taken.

Faces of Community*

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Witness the rich and broad diversity that contributes to the quality of excellence of the Stanford student body. Through reflection, narratives, dance, and music, current students will introduce you to the faces of our community. Following the program, you will be invited to share your thoughts about the program in a facilitated discussion. Produced by the Office for Inclusion, Belonging and Intergroup Communication and the Institute for the Diversity in the Arts.

Academic Planning Sessions & Resource Open Houses

Thursday, September 16, 2021
Faculty and staff are eager to meet you and to share how you can get started in academic exploration and engagement in various fields of study at Stanford.

Beyond Sex Ed: Consent and Sexuality at Stanford*

Friday, September 17, 2021
Students will share personal stories about sexuality and relationships, interspersed with a presentation on how human sexuality fits into our lives, community, and culture. This program is about cultivating empathy, agency, and the skills to connect with ourselves and one another. Following the program, you will be invited to share your thoughts about the program in a facilitated discussion. Produced by Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Education (SHARE) Office.

Three Books with Professor Shashank V. Joshi

Friday, September 17, 2021
Join Three Books faculty moderator, Dr. Shashank Joshi for a discussion on the theme of Perspective, Empathy, and Hope with guests Anna Deavere Smith, Chanel Miller, and Jamil Zaki, authors featured in some of the texts and media selected for this year’s Three Books program. Following the event you are welcome to meet the guests. This program may address sensitive topics. Professional staff will be available onsite for support if you want to talk or if you have questions.

Academic Advising Sessions*

Your Undergraduate Advising Director (UAD) is a key advising resource for your first year. Look for announcements from your UAD on advising times they will be offering this week.

Community Welcomes

Community centers and offices will welcome new students and families, introducing you to staff, resources, opportunities and programs.