Family & Supporters LUTE Welcome (Orientation) Schedule @ a Glance

LUTE Welcome is packed with Lute traditions that will help your student transition to PLU and meet faculty, staff and peers. Family and supporters, including parents, grandparents, partners, spouses, children, siblings, cousins, friends, mentors, sponsors, etc. are a key part of each student’s transition and journey at PLU.

Therefore, LUTE Welcome is also designed to welcome families and supporters to the Lute Community: Sessions on Friday, August 30, 2024 are designed just for you while your new student spends time with their peer-led LUTE Group. There are also additional sessions throughout LUTE Welcome weekend that families and supporters are invited and encouraged to attend with their new Lute!

RSVP for Family & Supporters Orientation

Please help us plan for your attendance by RSVPing for Family & Supporter Orientation Today using this link!

Accommodations: To request accommodations, contact

LUTE Welcome (LW) Headquarters & Recharge Room
Optional: Your one-stop-shop for all-things LW; stop by if/when you have any questions!
8:00AM-4:00PMAnderson University Center (AUC) Grey Area (Main Floor, North Side of Building)
Move In & LUTE Welcome Check-In for Residents
REQUIRED for Residents: First stop for new first-year and transfer residential students! Feel free to join your new residential Lute!
8:00AM-11:30AMResidence Halls
(individual move-in times are assigned; check your PLU email for details)
The CAVE Welcome & LW Check-In for Commuter Students
REQUIRED for Commuters: First stop for new first-year and transfer commuting students in the CAVE for check in (10-11am), followed by a formal welcome (11-12pm) from Vice President for Student Life and CAVE Community Director! Feel free to join your new commuting Lute!
10:00AM-12:00PMAnderson University Center (AUC):
10-11am in CAVE (AUC Basement)
11-12pm in Chris Knutson Hall (room 214)
Commuters lunch in the CAVE (RSVP required for any guests joining)
Residents lunch on your own (feel free to join your new Lute as all menu items are à la carte)
10:30AM-1:30PMAnderson University Center (AUC) Commons & Old Main Market (OMM)
Lute Alumni Lunch
For families & supporters who are also PLU alumni (and their new students)
12:00PM-1:00PMAnderson University Center (AUC) Scandinavian Cultural Center (Room 100)
By invitation (pre-registration required)
Learn what it means to join the Lute Community: Diversity, Justice, & Sustainability (DJS), Vocation, and Lutheran Higher Education.
1:00 PM-2:15PMOlson Gym
Navigating the Transition
A session for Lute families & supporters
2:30PM-3:45PMKaren Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (First Floor)
¡Bienvenidas, Bienvenidos, Bienvenides!
Una orientación para familias y comunidad en español
2:30PM-3:45PMKaren Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Ness Family Chapel Lobby (2nd Floor)
Mini Campus Resource Fair
Have questions about campus resources? Check out this mini-resource fair on your way out from family sessions!
3:45PM-4:30PMRed Square
Parkland Night Market
REQUIRED: A fun, "night market" style introduction to the Parkland community. Reception open to New Students, Families, Supporters, & Parkland Community Members
4:30PM-7:00PMFoss Field (Lower Campus)

Free Athletic Event Admission for New Lute Families & Supporters: First 3 weeks of Competition

Attending Lute Athletics events is always free for PLU students (with ID). For the first three weeks, we encourage families & supporters to join their new Lutes at these events for FREE using our online ticket portal (HomeTown Ticket App or and using the Passcode: NewLuteFan2024

Come and be a part of the Lute Legion! The following Home games are eligible:

  • Women’s Soccer vs Pierce CC (Exhib)- 9/3 at 6pm*
  • Women’s Soccer vs Green River CC (Exhib)- 9/4 at 2pm*
  • Women’s Soccer vs Evergreen St (Exhib)- 9/8 at 6pm*
  • Women’s Soccer vs Whitworth- 9/16 at 12pm*
  • Women’s Soccer vs Whitman- 9/17 at 12pm*
  • Men’s Soccer vs Whitworth- 9/16 at 2:30pm*
  • Men’s Soccer vs Whitman- 9/17 at 2:30pm*
  • Volleyball vs Pacific- 9/15 at 7pm*
  • Volleyball vs Linfield- 9/15 at 7pm*
  • Football vs Redlands- 9/2 at 1pm (Bellarmine HS: Tacoma)**
  • Football vs Cal Lutheran- 9/16 at 12pm (Sparks Stadium: Puyallup)**

*All soccer matches take place at Lute Soccer Field on the Synthetic Turf. All Volleyball Matches take place in Olson Gymnasium.

**FREE Shuttle services provided by Bellair Charters, through PLU Athletics.  Contact Julie Mix ( for reservations and details)