New Student Orientation

OrientationWe're excited for you to participate in our three-part orientation experience for Fall 2024, Ready, Set, Griffins!
Meet Your Orientation Leaders
 
Part One: Griffin Ready

At Griffin Ready Days, you'll spend time with current and future Griffins on campus as you learn about GMercyU student resources, opportunities, and more. You'll also register for classes with the support and guidance of an academic advisor.

Families are very welcome at Griffin Ready Days! We have a special schedule just for those who will be joining you. Save the dates below; registration opens soon. Please note: You only have to attend one Griffin Ready day, and they may be major/program specific.

First-Year Student dates: June 25 (at capacity), June 27; July 15, 18
Transfer Student dates: June 5 and July 17

Haven't registered for a Griffin Ready session yet? All students who've submitted their deposits have been emailed instructions for how to register. If you haven't, please contact your admissions counselor or admissions@gmercyu.edu

Part Two: Griffin Set

After attending a Griffin Ready day, you will receive an invitation via email to our Griffin Set Canvas site. In Canvas, you will find online resources and additional to-do items prior to your first day of classes.

Part Three: Griffin Orientation

Griffin Ready and Griffin Set have led to this final step ... welcome to Griffin Nation!

Orientation will prepare you for academic success, foster positive relationships with all members of our community, connect you to supportive resources and strengthen GMercyU’s mission and core values. 


Orientation for Transfer Students

If you are a commuter Transfer student, we are hosting a one-day Transfer Orientation for you on August 14 OR you can choose to attend New Student Orientation Weekend (see below). 

Register for the one-day Transfer Orientation on August 14:

Register here!

If you are a resident Transfer student, you will attend New Student Orientation Weekend on August 23-24, 2024. 

Register here!


Orientation for First-Year Students

If you are a First-Year Student, you will attend for New Student Orientation Weekend on August 23-24, 2024!

Regsiter here!

If you have any questions, please reach out to orientation@gmercyu.edu.

 

Mission

Orientation prepares students for academic success, fosters positive relationships with all members of our community, connects students to supportive resources and instills in students the GMercyU mission and core values. Our Orientation Leaders are excited to meet you at Griffin Ready days and welcome you back at Orientation! Get ready to join #GriffinNation! Meet your Orientation Leaders below!

Frequently Asked Questions (Fall)

Griffin Ready Days and Orientation are required.

Transfer Orientation is for anyone that holds 24 credits or more from their previous institution. It is highly recommended, but not required.  If you are a resident transfer student, you are required to attend the First-Year Orientation.

Feel free to reach out to us if you have questions about either event! Contact admissions@gmercyu.edu about Griffin Ready Days and orientation@gmercyu.edu about Orientation.

 

Please note Orientation is for students only. 

Families are encouraged to attend the Griffin Ready Days where they will join our faculty, staff, and administration as we show you our version of “Mercy Hospitality” and welcome you and your family to our Gwynedd Mercy University community. At this session, you will hear about some of the resources we offer to keep students healthy, engaged, and active participants in campus life.

Housing assignment letters will be mailed home the first week in July and will share your building, room, and roommate contact information.  

GMercyU's move-in day for fall athletes is Friday, August 16, 2024.

Move-in day for first-year residents and transfer residents with 24 credits or more is Thursday, August 22, 2024. Your housing assignment letter will include the specific time and location of resident student check-in.

For more questions and information for living on campus, please reach out to reslife@gmercyu.edu. 

Transfer Student Orientation is highly recommended. It will introduce you to the culture, traditions, and expectations of Gwynedd Mercy University and prepare you for your first semester.

You will also receive the information and resources you need to be successful in your college experience. 

Orientation will introduce you to the culture, traditions, and expectations of Gwynedd Mercy University and prepare you for your first semester. You will also receive the information and resources you need to be successful in your college experience.

The weekend includes fun activities to help you bond with other new Griffins, a service project, prizes, and tons of info sessions and activities. You will also officially be inducted into Griffin Nation at our Griffin Nation Celebration!    

Orientation is mandatory for all first-year and resident transfer students.

If you have any questions, please contact orientation@gmercyu.edu.

Please see GMercyU's campus map (PDF) to find the parking lot closest most convenient for you.

We're happy to answer any questions you have! Please reach out to orientation@gmercyu.edu or call 215-646-7300, ext. 21020.

If you have Griffin Ready questions, please contact admissions@gmercyu.edu

You can also follow us on Instagram @gmercyustudentengagement

Meet Your Fall 2024 Orientation Team Leaders!

Orientation LeaderElizabeth Bathe '26
About Me: Junior, Marketing major, Psychology minor, Resident
High School: Archbishop John Carroll High School
Fun Fact: I am a transfer student from Cabrini University!
What I Love About GMercyU: “I love the campus as well as all of the faculty, staff, and students I have met this year! It is such a welcoming community, and I am grateful I chose to transfer here.”
Ask Me About: Dance


Orientation LeaderMaya Campbell '26
About Me: Junior, Social Work major, Counseling minor, Commuter
High School: Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT)
Fun Fact: “I love corgis so much and actually got one for Christmas! I named him Ricky, and he’s very sassy!”
What I Love About GMercyU: “I love how close the community is, everyone is here to support one another. It’s a very welcoming school and warm environment.”
Ask Me About: Social Work and Psychology Club, and ALD (Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society).


Orientation LeaderCzariah Castelo '27
About Me: Sophomore, Health Studies major, Resident
High School: Abington Senior High School 
Fun Fact: “I love to travel.”
What I Love About GMercyU: “I love that I am able to be so involved at Gwynedd. There are always so many amazing opportunities for me to be involved in.”
Ask Me About: Black Student Union, EC, Cheerleading


Orientation LeaderAmanda De La Rosa '27
About Me: Sophomore, Nursing major, Resident
High School: Boyertown Area Senior High
Fun Fact: “My first language is Spanish.”
What I Love About GMercyU: “The atmosphere and the people.”
Ask Me About: Black Student Union (SGA rep), Dance team (Treasurer)


Orientation LeaderAlexis Erazamus '26
About Me: Junior, Nursing major, Resident
High School: Pennsbury High School
Fun Fact: “I love the beach and country music.”
What I Love About GMercyU: “The ability to have so many close friends due to the friendly, small atmosphere.”
Ask Me About: Integrated Studies peer mentoring and Tutoring at the SSC. I was also a member of the dance team my first year here.


Orientation LeaderAja Foster '27
About Me: Sophomore, Nursing major, Resident
High School: Abington Senior High School
Fun Fact: “I’m an only child.”
What I Love About GMercyU: “The welcoming community.”
Ask Me About: Cheerleading, Black Student Union


Orientation Leader Declan Fox '26
About Me: Junior, Nursing major, Resident
High School: Unionville High School
Fun Fact: “I do martial arts, figure skating, and blacksmithing.”
What I Love About GMercyU: “The Nursing equipment, like beds, monitors, mannequins, etc.”
Ask Me About: ECO, Open Jam, Student Government Association, and Student Activities Committee


Orientation LeaderKyle Geyer '27
About Me: Sophomore, Psychology major, Counseling minor, Commuter
High School: Conwell Eagan High School
Fun Fact: “I love movies.”
What I Love About GMercyU: “I love the community and how everyone is connected in some way.”
Ask Me About: Griffin Ambassador, VP of ALD


Orientation LeaderAnnika Giblin '27
About Me: Sophomore, Respiratory Care major, Commuter
High School: Owen J. Roberts
Fun Fact: “I live on a farm with sheep, pigs, chickens, and many dogs.”
What I Love About GMercyU: “The friends I made when I came here and the beautiful campus.”
Ask Me About: Student Activities Commitee, Cancer Awareness Club, and Peer Mentoring


Orientation LeaderBri Godwin '26
About Me: Junior, Early Education and Special Education major, Commuter
High School: Pennridge High School
Fun Fact: “I have Celiac Disease.”
What I Love About GMercyU: “One thing I love about Gywnedd is the friendships I have made, and the resources I am given to grow as an individual as well as a student.”
Ask Me About: Lacrosse


Orientation LeaderJustin Hartranft '25
About Me: Senior, Public Health major, Biology minor, Commuter
High School: Archbishop Wood High School
Fun Fact: " I had an internship with the Montgomery County Public Health Department over the summer."
What I Love About GMercyU: "The scenery on campus."
Ask Me About: Open Jam Club, Student Engagement Office worker, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, Asian Students Association, Pub Club


Orientation LeaderErin Huggard '25
About Me: Senior, Social Work major, Counseling and Psychology minor, Resident
High School: Franklin Towne Charter High School
Fun Fact: “This semester I started a new club called Beyond the Books.”
What I Love About GMercyU: “One thing I love about Gwynedd is the community. Since coming to Gwynedd as a freshman, I have always loved the community of staff, facility, and students. Gwynedd to me has always felt like a welcoming place to be!”
Ask Me About: S@C president, Beyond the Books president, SGA rep for dance, Student Engagement worker, Griffin Ambassador, Peer mentoring


Orientation LeaderCari Jones '25
About Me: Senior, Public Health major, Resident
High School: Philadelphia-Montgomery Christian Academy
Fun Fact: “I love all genres of music including R&B, gospel, rap, hip-hop, and pop !”
What I Love About GMercyU: "The peaceful nature and atmosphere, as well as the people, especially the ones I have made friends with."
Ask Me About: Black Student Union


Orientation LeaderBraedon Kehan '27
About Me: Sophomore, Education major, Commuter
High School: Archbishop Wood High School
Fun Fact: “I am captain of the Mens Soccer Team.”
What I Love About GMercyU: “How easy it is to get involved and meet people.”
Ask Me About: Soccer team, Integrated Studies mentoring

Orientation LeaderEmma Larsson '25
About Me: Senior, Early Childhood Education & Special Education major, Psychology minor, Commuter
High School: Hatboro-Horsham High School
Fun Fact: “I have been to three countries and 12 states.”
What I Love About GMercyU: “The way that campus feels like a family and pushes me to be a better leader.”
Ask Me About: Education Outreach, Disability Pride, Integrated Studies mentoring, The Mercy Center


Orientation LeaderMary-Catherine Le '24 '25
About Me: Master of Public Health Graduate Student, Commuter
High School: North Penn High School
Fun Fact: “I'm already a Gwynedd graduate!”
What I Love About GMercyU: “The amazing people and opportunities available on campus!”
Ask Me About: Voices of Gwynedd, Pub Club, Open Jam Club, Asian Student Association, Federal Music Work-Study, Campus Learning Garden


Orientation LeaderMichael McKeehen '27
About Me: Sophomore, TBD major, Commuter
High School: St. Joseph's Prep
Fun Fact About Me: “I can whistle and hum at the same time.”
What I Love About GMercyU: “The professors. They genuinely care about you as a student and want to see you succeed.”
Ask Me About: Social Work and Psychology Club, Lab aid, Podcaster


Orientation LeaderJoseph O’Malley '25 '26
About Me: Senior, Occupational Science major, Resident
High School: Paul VI High School
Fun Fact: “I have my boating license.”
What I Love About GMercyU: “The community.”
Ask Me About: Student Activities Committee, Black Student Union, Student Occupational Therapy Association



Orientation LeaderNyimeochen Owate '26
About Me: Junior, Nursing major, Double minor in Psychology and Counseling, Resident
High School: Central High School
Fun Fact: “I love listening to music. I listen to everything except country.”
What I Love About GMercyU: “The people here. Gwynedd is such a close-knit community, where everyone, faculty and students, cares about one another.”
Ask Me About: President of Dance team; SGA rep for Beyond the Books


Orientation LeaderEmily Pezzuto '27
About Me: Sophomore, Radiation Therapy major, Resident
High School: Wilson Area High School
Fun Fact: “I'm always hydrated, you will never catch me without a water bottle. 😊"
What I Love About GMercyU: “My group of friends that I made here!”
Ask Me About: Residence Hall Association and Student Activities Committee


Orientation LeaderToni Robinson '26
About Me: Junior, Special Education and Early Education major, Resident
High School: Wissahickon High School
Fun Fact: I have a food blog!
What I Love About GMercyU: The beautiful green spaces on campus
Ask Me About:Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, Pride Alliance, Black Student Union, Education Outreach


Orientation LeaderHailey Rodriguez '27
About Me: Sophomore, Education Studies, Resident
High School: William Tennent High School
Fun Fact: “When I went to my first concert, Justin Bieber held my hand.”
What I Love About GMercyU: “How welcoming and accepting everyone is.”
Ask Me About: Education Outreach, Student Government Association, Best Buddies


Orientation LeaderMaya Scheuerman '26
About Me: Junior, Nursing major, Commuter
High School: Perkiomen Valley High School
Fun Fact: “I like to knit and crochet.”
What I Love About GMercyU: “There are many opportunities available if you are willing to put yourself out there and take advantage of them. Plus the campus grounds are beautiful.”
Ask Me About: Pride Alliance, E.C.O, Peer mentoring with Integrated Studies


Fall 2024 OLKrista Schofield '27
About Me: Sophomore, Psychology major, Resident
High School: Archbishop Wood High School
Fun Fact: “I love reading romance books.”
What I Love About GMercyU: “I love the community, especially since living on campus. The people I met are amazing.”
Ask Me About: Residence Hall Association and Disability Pride Club


Orientation LeaderAiden Sheeran '25
About Me: Senior, Computer Information Science (Cybersecurity) major, Commuter
High School: Central Bucks South High School
Fun Fact: “I coded my own recipe book website when I found the existing ones lacking.”
What I Love About GMercyU: “The clubs and accepting community.”
Ask Me About: SGA rep for ECO, Secretary for Asian Students Association, Intern for the IT Department


Orientation LeaderAbigail Slook '26
About Me: Junior, Nursing major, Resident
High School: Little Flower High School
Fun Fact: “I love KPOP! My favorite groups are Twice, IVE, and TXT.”
What I Love About GMercyU: “The amazing community that Gwyendd fosters.”
Ask Me About: ECO and Pride Alliance


Orientation LeaderCassidy Sproehnle '27
About Me: Sophomore, Psychology major, Commuter
High School: Homeschooled-Seton Home Study School
Fun Fact: “My favorite sport is NASCAR! I went to my first race in April of this year at Dover Motor Speedway! Go Trackhouse!!!!”
What I Love About GMercyU: “I love that Gwynedd is small enough to know people and have personal connections with faculty.”
Ask Me About: Work Study-Counseling services, SGA-Secretary


Orientation LeaderAnnie Wenrich '26
About Me: Junior, Nursing major, Resident
High School: Tri-Valley Jr/Sr. High School 
Fun Fact: “I have a cat and fish on campus!”
What I Love About GMercyU: “The community on campus!”
Ask Me About: Student Nurses' Association of Pennsylvania, Morgan's Light Alliance, ECO, Beyond the Books



Orientation LeaderEthan Wharton '26
About Me: Junior, Nursing major, Psychology minor, Commuter
High School: Upper Darby High School
Fun Fact: “I turned my hobby of photography into a job.”
What I Love About GMercyU: “The many opportunities that can be found through talking with different people around campus!”
Ask Me About: Black Student Union (member, 2022-24; secretary, 2023-24)