Across the country, colleges are not so politely telling helicopter parents to drop off their kids and then get the heck out.
“In order to separate doting parents from their freshman sons, Morehouse College in Atlanta has instituted a formal “Parting Ceremony.”
“It began on a recent evening, with speeches in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. Then the incoming freshmen marched through the gates of the campus — which swung shut, literally leaving the parents outside…”
“Formal “hit the road” departure ceremonies are unusual but growing in popularity, said Joyce Holl, head of the National Orientation Directors Association. A more common approach is for colleges to introduce blunt language into drop-off schedules specifying the hour for last hugs. As of 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 11, for example, the parents of Princeton freshmen learn from the move-in schedule, ’subsequent orientation events are intended for students only.’ ”
Other schools are inviting parents to a reception while their student meets their roommate and settles in.
While other schools are less polite holding ceremonies where the parents are on one side of the room and the students are on the other and the dean turns his back on the parents.
So here are my questions: Did you get the boot from the college when you dropped off your student? How long did you plan to hang around? How long did you hang around?
Would you be offended by these obvious rouses to get you the hell out of town? (You are in most cases paying the bill!)
Do parents have any “rights” to stay on campus after they drop off their students – especially if the kid isn’t ready for them to leave?