Orientation Program Earns Fourth Consecutive National Award

The University’s Orientation program has been recognized by the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) with the Outstanding Use of Theme award for the fourth consecutive year. This year’s theme was Rise! You’re Limitless.

The award, which marks the 20th time Duquesne has been recognized by the NODA, was presented to Adam Wasilko, director of freshman development and special student services, Jade Leitzel, senior program director, and Liz Keller, junior assistant director, at the NODA’s 67th annual conference, held Nov. 2 to 5 in Orlando, Fla. Continue reading

Welcome to the Duquesne University Class of 2018!

The Duquesne University Class of 2018 arrived on campus for Move-In on Aug. 19 and then participated in the five-day, student-run Orientation program, which helps incoming freshmen and other new students make the transition into college life and become familiar with the University.

Check out the following Orientation photo galleries:

Duquesne University Class of 2018 Move-In Day

Duquesne University Orientation 2014: Tour of Pittsburgh

Duquesne University Matriculation 2014

Duquesne University Graffiti Dance 2014

Orientation Receives Award

The Orientation Director, Jade Leitzel and Assistant Director, Liz Keller, along with their advisor, Sean Weaver, Director of Special Student Services and Freshman Development, traveled to San Antonio, Texas in early November for the annual National Orientation Directors Association Conference. Continue reading


Orientation 2013 “Branch Out!” successfully began the school year on an enthusiastic note. With many of the events and speeches reaching to the use of the encouraging theme, students both new to Duquesne as well as on the Orientation staff found themselves excited to begin the year and do some branching out of their own. Continue reading

Orientation 2013

At the weekend retreat in January, the Orientation Directors and Chairs developed the 2013 Orientation theme. The new theme is “Branch Out!” The team is very excited to begin developing the weeklong Orientation program based on their new theme. The Directors and Chairs held their annual “Launch Event” in February where they announced the new theme to their 200 Team Leaders. Planning for Orientation 2013 will continue through the summer until Orientation begins with Move-In Day on Tuesday, August 20 through Sunday, August 25.

As a student-run program, developed for students by students, Orientation at Duquesne is uniquely positioned to welcome the newest members of the University to the Duquesne family.

Orientation Retreat

On the weekend of Jan. 18-20, 2013, the Orientation Directors and Chairs went away on their annual retreat to Oglebay in West Virginia to decide the theme for Orientation 2013. The retreat was successful and a theme was decided upon. The theme will be revealed on March 13. The staff is excited to begin work with the theme and to welcome the incoming class of 2013.

Orientation Program Earns Awards

The Orientation program at Duquesne University has achieved success at the national level once again. The 2012 program was led by Director Becca Kopcie and Assistant Director Brian Bost. The program was awarded by the National Orientation Directors Association for Outstanding Use of Theme and Outstanding Clothing Item. The awards were presented at the NODA Conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The theme for Orientation 2012 was “It’s Your Time – Capture The Moment!” This encompassed a new student’s transition perfectly, ensuring one makes the most of the great experience of college. As Duquesne’s award-winning and entirely student-run Orientation program continues to grow and innovate, they are aiming even higher for Orientation 2013!

Orientation 2012

The University’s annual Orientation program kicked off with Freshman Move-In on August 21. Orientation, an award-winning, five-day program, is designed by upperclassmen to help incoming freshmen and transfer students acclimate to the University. This year’s Orientation theme was It’s Your Time: Capture the Moment.

Below are photos from Move-In Day on August 21, 2012.

Orientation 2012

Orientation 2012 Logo

Orientation 2012 Logo

“It’s Your Time: Capture The Moment!” has been selected as the theme for Duquesne University’s 2012 Orientation. A year-long effort, the Orientation staff is preparing for Orientation Week, Aug. 22-26.  Summer mailing responses will be done online.

Last year’s Orientation program received two awards for Outstanding Use of Theme and Outstanding Novelty Item at the 34th annual National Orientation Directors Association Conference.