Fall Welcome


Anitra McShea, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students (AM)

Shannon Fennie Murphy, Director of Student Engagement (SFM)

Pat Cassidy, Maria Marx, and Colin Holmes, Orientation Leaders (OL)


What will Move-in day be like?

SF: Fall move in day is an amazing experience. It is the day that I’m most proud to work at the university. We have upperclassmen here to help out the freshman class and there are faculty and staff and handing out water. It’s a great celebration and the quintessential defining moment of what it means to be a Scranton student. We’re all here; we all want you to succeed and were all excited for you.

In August, you will be mailed a packet of information about fall- move in. This packet will include a color coded tag based on where your residence hall is. As you pull up to campus on Move-in day, you will be directed based on the color of this tag.

We have 450 student volunteers that will help unpack your car and move all your belongings. They will bring items to your student’s room and then you will have the opportunity to unpack. We just ask one parent to stay with the car, and when it is fully unloaded, move to a designated parking area.

AM: As soon as families drive on to campus, they are going to think that this place is special. There are so many things to stress out over during this experience, and we don’t want the move to be an additional stressor. Move-in day is very organized, with our entire whole community coming out to assist the incoming class.  

What is Convocation?

SF: Students and parents are both invited to the new student convocation at the end of Move-in day, which is the official academic welcome to the University.

AM: Convocation is a very unique and intentional experience at Scranton. It is the formal welcoming the class to the University in a pomp and circumstance sort of way. It’s the beginning of the student’s academic experience, and serves as a bookend experience to commencement.

How should students and parents prepare for the transition from high school to college?

SF: For students and parents alike, it’s important to set some independent parameters. Here at the office, we joke that it’s time for students to get up to their own alarm clock, it’s time for them to do their own laundry, perhaps make their own meals and buy their own gas. We find that limiting curfews in the summer to get that structure of independence helps a lot. The student will feel more prepared and confident as a result.

What can parents expect with this academic transition?

AM: The focus of academics is really about autonomy and intentionality in an individual. Students will have adjust to a new schedule and learn how to use time management. Parents may hear some venting from students as they figure out the transition, but that’s okay. People recognize that first year students are transitioning in that way.

As a community, we will definitely be here to assist in any way we can. We will provide your student with all the tools and resources they need to be successful here at The University of Scranton.