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FLY: Fall Orientation

It's Time to Take Flight

Fontbonne’s FLY: Fall Orientation program will prepare you to Soar Higher as a first-year student — while having fun and experiencing beloved campus traditions along the way! The four-day adventure combines authentic, welcoming moments with exciting and memorable activities. Through these events, you’ll make new friends and celebrate the beginning of your collegiate experience. Memorable traditions include meeting your WING Leaders, attending our Catch the Fire Ceremony, and participating in a friendly competition known as the Griffin Games!

Mandatory Dates

FLY: Fall Orientation is a mandatory event for all incoming first-time freshmen. You should plan to take off work and clear your schedules from Wednesday, August 17, 2022, through Saturday, August 20, 2022. More details will be shared with all students as the event nears.


This is our tentative FLY Fall Orientation 2022 schedule. Please note – with our ever-changing climate in regard to the global pandemic, some activities are subject to change. Students will receive communication throughout the summer regarding any changes. For questions about move-in procedures, please contact AJ Friedhoff at


We are following the guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the St. Louis County Health Department in order to provide as many precautions as possible for our students’ well-being. Our fall semester plan will include increased cleaning measures, social distancing, mask usage, and other various policies and procedures to provide for a safe on-campus environment.

Everyone at Fontbonne is eager for you to join us on campus this fall in a safe, responsible way that will promote a sense of community and excitement to start your Fontbonne journey. Please do not hesitate to send any questions or concerns to Joel Hermann, Sr. Director of Leadership and Community Engagement, by emailing

Every new student pays a one-time orientation fee of $200.00 for first-year students and $50.00 for transfer students, which is added to the student’s bill. The fee covers meals, supplies, and activities during orientation. It is to your advantage then to maximize your time during orientation in order to get your money’s worth!

WING Leaders are the upperclassmen that have been trained to assist you as you seamlessly transition to Fontbonne University and become a part of Griffin Nation. The team’s goal is to Welcome In New Griffins (WING), and they also help plan and oversee many of the orientation events and traditions. Your WING Leaders will reach out in late July to introduce themselves directly. While you’ll interact with some of the WING Leaders during SOAR: Summer Orientation, the entire team will be present and ready to welcome you to campus during FLY: Fall Orientation.

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Orientation is the start of your college experience and attendance is expected of all first-year students. You wouldn’t miss class because of work, so you shouldn’t schedule yourself to work during orientation. There are several mandatory activities during orientation that are critical to your success at Fontbonne University. If you know of any conflict that cannot be avoided please contact Joel Hermann, Sr. Director of Leadership and Community Engagement, at or 314-889-4590.

Please contact Joel Hermann ( or 314-889-4590) as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made.

On Wednesday, August 17, students are encouraged to bring family members along for our first-day programming.  This programming culminates with the Campus Community Picnic that evening at 6 p.m.  The remainder of FLY: Fall Orientation is solely for our new students.

Contact Us

Questions about orientation? Need special accommodations? Get in touch with Joel Hermann, Sr. Director of Leadership and Community Engagement, at

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