First Year Student Fall Orientation

It's Time to Take Flight

Fontbonne’s 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 three-day adventure combines authentic, welcoming moments with exciting and memorable activities, where you’ll make new friends as you celebrate the beginning of your collegiate experience. Memorable traditions include meeting your WING Leaders, attending our Catch the Fire Ceremony, taking an annual overnight trip to Lake Williamson, and participating in a friendly competition known as the Griffin Games!


How much does orientation cost?

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!

Who are my WING leaders and what do they do?

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. This 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 contact you in late July to introduce themselves. You may meet a few of them throughout Griffin 101, but the entire team will be present and ready to welcome you to campus at the beginning of Fall Orientation.

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What if I have to work during orientation?

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, Associate Director for the Center of Leadership and Community Engagement, at or 314-889-4590.

What if I need special accommodations during orientation?

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

What is this orientation overnight trip, and what should I bring?

On day two of Fall Orientation, all first-year students bus out to Lake Williamson in Carlinville, IL for a fun-filled overnight experience. While at the lake, students will have the opportunity to participate in games and activities aimed at making connections with WING Leaders and other peers, compete in the “Griffin Games” with their WING Teams, watch the WING Leaders as they perform their orientation play, and so much more. You definitely won’t want to miss this trip!

A recommended packing list would include:

  • Basic toiletries (bedding/pillows/blankets will be provided)
  • Swim-wear and beach towel
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Close-toed shoes and gym shorts (for Griffin Games event)
  • NO money – food will be provided!

Who can come with me to Fall Orientation?

Fall Orientation begins on Thursday, and that day is open to anyone! However, it is important to note that the new student will be separated from his or her family and guests for various portions of the afternoon. Thursday includes a welcome ceremony, our “Catch The Fire” initiation ceremony, and a Family Farewell BBQ; all of which celebrate Griffin Nation and are open to any and all guests.  Activities after the BBQ on Thursday and the rest of the weekend, however, are for new students only.

Contact Us

Questions about orientation? Need special accommodations? Get in touch with Joel Hermann, Associate Director for the Center of Leadership and Community Engagement at

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