Jennifer Murray

Dear Parents,

Congratulations and welcome to the Hobart and William Smith community.

As the Director of Parent Programs, I look forward to working with you over the course of your student's HWS career. As a parent of two kids in college, 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 tools necessary to be successful.

Your student's first experience at HWS, Orientation, will take place from Thursday, Aug. 20 - Sunday, Aug. 23. Remote programming for families will also take place on Thursday, Aug. 20, connecting you to resources across campus. All scheduled activities will be accessible through the Parents and Families Webpage including recordings of all sessions for those who cannot attend live.

I am available throughout the summer at (315) 781-4068 or 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.




Jennifer Murray
Director of Parent Programs

Welcome Webinars

To help you prepare for your arrival to HWS, the Office of Campus Life hosted a webinar on July 23 with details regarding our opening plan including move-in procedures, COVID-19 testing policies, student quarantine and much more. Please review and send any questions or concerns to

What are the differences between high school level and college level coursework? Many! The Center for Teaching and Learning supports students as they uncover new ways of thinking, writing, questioning, problem-solving, and discussing. CTL hosted a webinar on Aug. 5 to familiarize incoming students and their families with the resources available through their office. Contact with any questions.

The Orientation Team hosted a webinar for incoming students and their families on Monday, Aug. 17 to review the 2020 Orientation schedule. Incoming students should check their HWS emails and/or sign in to the Orientation Portal for the full schedule of events. Last minute questions can be sent to

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.


Orientation Programming for Families (optional)

Thursday, Aug. 20

Parenting William Smith First-Year Students
What issues, challenges and opportunities might your first-year student face? William Smith Dean for the Class of 2024, Kelly Payne, will lead an open discussion and answer any questions you may have.

Parenting Hobart First-Year Students
What issues, challenges and opportunities might your first-year student face? Hobart Dean for the Class of 2024, Joe Mink, will lead an open discussion and answer any questions you may have.

Parenting Transfer Students
Maybe you feel like you've been through all of this before, but the transfer student experience is unique. HWS Deans will discuss how families can help transfer students find their place on a new campus.

Parents and Families: Campus Policies and Procedures
Meet with staff from the Title IX Office and Campus Safety Office to learn about maintaining a safe community on our campus.

Parents and Families: Welcome from FSEM Faculty
Meet with your student's First-Year Seminar professor for an overview of the FSEM program.
Location: Zoom
Time: 4:30 - 5 p.m.


Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.