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Orientation Schedules

September 10, 2010

76 Orientation program cover

Illustration by Carol Travis Friscia, '77

All incoming students go through an orientation—to their fellow classmates, to the facilities, and to the geography of their new colleges.  Kirkland’s charter class received a 2-page mimeographed program, but by the time the class of 1978 arrived, (Kirkland’s last graduating class) a full printed brochure was provided.  One thing all Kirkland orientations appear to have had in common was the Harding Farm picnic.  The ’76 program featured screenings of “Bananas” and “Casablanca.”

What do you recall of Orientation Week?  Click here to check out the 2010 orientation schedule at Hamilton College and compare.

by Jo Pitkin K’78 and Jennie Morris K’72

Click on the images below to view a larger version.

1974 Orientation Schedule courtesy of

Hamilton Archivist Katherine Collett

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Karen Kruger '79 permalink
    September 15, 2010 5:43 pm

    I just helped my niece settle into freshman orientation at Princeton University. What memories came flooding back, and I so enjoyed reading the information provided here. I still have 3 years worth of Kirkland course catalogs and even found my green Kirkland t-shirt – which I wear only on special occasions. Moving my niece into Princeton was one such special occasion. Nice to know the shirt still fits.

    • Orchardgirl78 permalink*
      September 19, 2010 4:57 pm


      How nice to hear from you! Itls great to hear you still have that Kirkland T-shirt too. Please sned an image- we are trying to include more faces and voices on this site.

      Our immediate goal is to expand our posts, capture comments and also post imagery former Kirkland and Hamilton students. faculty,staff, friiends and family may have. You can reach out to us at Please also forward our webiste information along to anyone with whom, you may be in touch.

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