June 6, 2019

Dear Wilson Parents and Families, 

Believe it or not, the fall semester is not far away!  Over the summer, there will be clothes and school supplies to find, buy, and pack, roommates to talk about “who’s bringing what,” and plans to make.  New Student Orientation is set to be held August 22-25th with classes beginning on Monday, August 26th.  For residential students, new student move-in day will be on Thursday, August 22nd, and for returning students, move-in day will be Sunday, August 25th.  

I recognize that as your student prepares for the day they begin a new semester here, you are also preparing in a very different way as you begin to entrust Wilson College with your son or daughter for the coming year.  As you do so, please know that here at Wilson we have been preparing for your son or daughter for not only over the past summer but for the many years since our founding in 1869.  Our deep traditions and our Honor Principle continue to set Wilson apart as an institution that values personal development and academic integrity above all else.

Moving forward, as you continue to walk down the path of support for your student, I ask that you remember to do three things:  1) ask your student questions, 2) encourage your student to ask questions, and 3) empower them to use their campus resources.  They are on a long educational journey, and although it will not all be easy, there are ways that they can make the trip easier by asking for help and using the help they find all along the way.

Also, please make plans for Family Weekend which will be October 18-20 this year.  As usual, parents are invited to attend classes on that Friday.  In addition, all fall sports will have home competitions on those days, and many of our alumni athletes will return for alumni sports scrimmages throughout the weekend.

Please let me know if I can ever be of help to you and/or your student.  My door is always open, and my ears are willing to listen.  

Warmly,
Dean Mary Beth

Mary Beth Williams, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Development
& Dean of Students
marybeth.williams@wilson.edu