Parent orientation is geared for more first time college student parents. It is to familiarize them to the university and how things go; it also acts a huge reassurance for families who get "bird flies out of the nest" syndrome. If your parents are able to read everything online and can find all the information they need via internet, calling the university, etc. without stepping foot on campus, then they should be fine. Parent orientation is for those parents that don't necessary comprehend what they read online, want a university representative talking about it, those who want to listen rather than read, etc.