About this time of year, students are packing and finalizing plans to move to start grad school. Occasionally, there is a student or two that asks about missing part or all of orientation. I think it is a bad idea to ask this question and an even worse idea to actually miss part of orientation.
Orientation is a required activity at many universities and varies widely between a few hour welcome event and a multi-week program with training and teamwork events. Regardless of the content or length, it is a great place to get to know future classmates, staff, and faculty in a relaxed environment. This promotes relationship building and sets the foundation for future interactions. It is too valuable to miss.
Asking to miss orientation can send a signal that your overall level of commitment is low. It says to the school that your heart really isn’t into the program and you don’t think it is important that you attend. This is detrimental to strong relationship building and not a great way to start one.