Getting Started at Adelphi



Adelphi University officially welcomes students of the Class of 2020 on Sunday, August 28, 2016.

All freshmen must attend, and we encourage parents to also join us for this ceremony. Parents in previous years have commented on how special this program is, and we look forward to celebrating with our new students and families on August 28, from 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Check-in is from 8:15 a.m.–9:00 a.m. in the Center for Recreation and Sports (CRS).

Other features of the day include:

  • Parent Orientation (parents only)
  • Freshman student book discussion and FOrE class (students only)
  • Academic Presentation (parents and students)
  • Matriculation Ceremony (parents and students)

» Parents: Register for Parent Orientation taking place on Matriculation Day.

Matriculation Ceremony and Parent Orientation

Parents are invited and encouraged to attend the time-honored Matriculation Ceremony during which students are formally welcomed as scholars into the Adelphi Community. Members of Adelphi’s Board of Trustees, as well as the University’s faculty, process in academic attire, lead the distinguished procession, and then welcome the freshman class during this ceremonial occasion. Students are also welcomed by current upper class leaders.

In the past, keynote speakers included eminent alumni, renowned members of the community, as well as national and global leaders. Also during this ceremony, on behalf of the new student body, an entering freshman is presented with the University’s Honor Code. Parents have remarked that this is truly an impressive event and that they felt honored and pleased to attend.

Matriculation reflects the ceremonial entrance of the student into the academic community in a similar formal tradition that celebrates the graduate during Commencement.

Parent Orientation focuses on University services, including health and safety. There will also be a helpful discussion about the coming separation and independent development of your son or daughter, with some tips about this transition. You’ll meet University administrators, current Adelphi students and other parents..

The program also has an emphasis on academics, and you and your student will have an opportunity during an academic presentation to meet members of Adelphi’s faculty and administration to better understand the general academic expectations and those connected with your student’s major.

During this day, you will discover how all members of the Adelphi community are working hard to provide your student with an exceptional educational experience, as well as preparation for their future.

What about my student?

As parents attend the Orientation program, freshman students will participate in the book discussion, which is the student’s first day of the FOrE class, an essential course for all new students. During the summer, students will receive instructions about the summer reading program, which all incoming freshmen are required to complete. The book information, assigned essay and guidelines, will be sent via email to the student’s Adelphi Gmail account.

Academic Presentation

Learn about the services and programs available to your son or daughter and meet University administrators and fellow parents. The sessions will include a presentation and an opportunity to meet your son or daughter’s faculty.

Matriculation Day Schedule for Sunday, August 28, 2016

8:15 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Parents and Students Check-In
Center for Recreation and Sports, lobby

Complimentary Continental Breakfast
Hospitality tent outside the Center for Recreation and Sports (CRS)

9:15 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Students Only

Adelphi Community Reads Presentation: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
(Student attendance required)  
Students will be advised of their location at check-in.

9:15 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Parents Only

Parent Orientation Program
Center for Recreation and Sports, gymnasium

Welcome to Adelphi

  • Dr. Christine M. Riordan, President
  • Hon. Nicholas P. Episcopia, Mayor, Village of Garden City              


  • Mr. Jeffrey A. Kessler, Assistant Vice President and Dean, Student Affairs

What You Need to Know
Health & Safety

  • Mr. Eugene Palma, Assistant Vice President, Public Safety
  • Ms. Rhonnie Jaus, Title IX Coordinator/Director, Equity Compliance
  • Dr. Carol Lucas, Director, Counseling and Support Services
  • Ms. Jacqueline Cartabuke, Director, Health Services

Academic Life

  • Dr. Lester Baltimore, Senior Associate Provost, Academic Affairs

10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

Academic Presentations: Meet Representatives of Academic Programs

Locations will be included on the schedule when you arive.

11:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break
Hospitality tent outside the Center for Recreation and Sports

11:50 a.m.

All attendees are seated for Matriculation Procession
Center for Recreation and Sports, gymnasium, or Performing Arts Center (see ticket for seating location)

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Matriculation Ceremony
Center for Recreation and Sports, gymnasium, or Performing Arts Center (live streaming)

A time honored and formal ceremony to welcome freshman students into the Adelphi community of scholars.

Program concludes at 1:00 p.m. Some students may remain after the ceremony to attend the following.

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Commuter Students: Meet Your Commuter Assistant (CA)

Students were previously advised of the location by their Commuter Assistant. If unsure about location, visit the information tent outside the Performing Arts Center.

Additional services you are also welcome to explore on campus.

1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Public Safety: Student IDs and Vehicle Registration
Levermore Hall, lower level

Student Financial Services: Financial Aid Questions
Levermore Hall, lower level

Libraries, IT and 3D Studio Open House
Swirbul Library

For further information, please contact:

Division of Student Affairs
Nexus Building, Room 303
p – 516.877.3660
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