Kelly Young

Dear Parents,

Congratulations and welcome to the Hobart and William Smith community.

As the director of parent relations, I look forward to meeting you and your student during Orientation on August 23. As a HWS parent myself, I understand the pride, excitement and, yes, even the anxiety that you are likely feeling right now.

Over the next four years, your student will face challenges, explore new interests and grow as a person. You have placed your trust in Hobart and William Smith, and we intend to honor that trust by supporting your student during every step of that process. Our goal is to ensure that your student leaves us with the clarity, direction and confidence to be successful.

To help you prepare for this adventure, here's what you can expect during the one-day Orientation for Families on Thursday, August 23:

Arrive on Campus
8:30am - 9:30am: 3rd and 4th Floor Residents
9:30am - 10:30am: 2nd Floor Residents
10:30am - 11:30am: Pond-View, Garden-Level, & First-Floor Residents

Check In & Matriculation
Complimentary On-Campus Lunch
Information Sessions
Parent & Family Welcome from FSEM Faculty
President’s Welcome Ceremony
Family & Friends Farewell

Please note: parents of students playing a fall sport are not required to return for matriculation and move in.

We will mail additional important information as well as a more detailed schedule in early August. I am available during these busy weeks of preparing and packing at (315) 781-3783. You or your student may also contact our student-run Orientation staff at or (315) 781-3041.

Again, please accept my congratulations and warm welcome.




Kelly Young P'16
Director of Parent Relations and Stewardship

Your Contact Info

Throughout your child's HWS experience, we will be contacting you primarily through mail and e-mail. If your home or email addresses change during the summer months, please contact the Office of Parent Relations at or complete our Directory Information Form.


Please visit the Parents and Families webpage for more information and updates.

View Photos

Visit the HWS website during and after Orientation Weekend to view photos of your student's first days on campus.



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