Family Weekend 2020 – Schedule of Events

This schedule is subject to change. Updates will be posted here. A final schedule, with locations, will be available at the registration table when you arrive on campus.

Online Registration is now open!

Official programming for Family Weekend is February 7 – 8, 2020. For those families who arrive on Thursday, February 6, we have a list of open classes that families can attend if they have additional time. This list will be available printed at Registration on Friday, Feb. 7, and is updated regularly as new classes/locations are confirmed.

Friday, February 7, 2020
Time Event
8 a.m.–4 p.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
Thomas-Garrett Plaza, Shanahan Center
8 a.m.–4 p.m. Back to School: Open Classes
Open Classes Schedule will be available in advance.
9–9:30 a.m. Welcome from Division of Student Affairs with the Dean of Students
McAlister Auditorium, Galileo Hall
9:30–10:30 a.m. Outside-the-Classroom Series

  • Academic Affairs (staying on track, declaring a major, academic excellence) with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Dean for Academic Resources and Student Success
    McAlister Auditorium, Galileo Hall
10:30–11:30 a.m. Outside-the-Classroom Series

  • First-year Parents
    Career Services and Summer Research (summer opportunities, internships, research)
    Pryne Auditorium, Galileo Hall
  • Sophomore/Junior Parents
    Health and Wellness (staying healthy, changes in your student, mental health resources)
    Edwards Auditorium, Galileo Hall
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Outside-the-Classroom Series

  • First-year Parents
    Health and Wellness (staying healthy, changes in your student, health resources)
    Edwards Auditorium, Galileo Hall
  • Sophomore/Junior Parents
    Career Services and Summer Research (summer opportunities, internships, jobs, research)
    Pryne Auditorium, Galileo Hall
12:30–1:30 p.m. Welcome Lunch with the Parent Leadership Council
Linde Activities Center (LAC)
1:30–2:30 p.m. Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts Open House
Parsons Building – First-floor Lounge
2–3 p.m. Academic Department Receptions/Tours

  • Biology – Lounge, Room 2345, Olin
  • Engineering – Clinic Makerspace, Parsons basement
  • Math – Skycube and outdoor classroom, Room 3460, Shanahan Center
3–4 p.m. Academic Department Receptions/Tours

  • Chemistry – Room 1225, Jacobs
  • Computer Science – Green Room, Platt Campus Center
  • Physics – Pryne Auditorium and Sprague Center, first floor
4–4:45 p.m. Writing Center and Academic Excellence (Writing Center and Room 1480, Founding Class Room)
OR

Study Abroad Session (Auditorium, Shanahan Center)
5–5:45 p.m. What’s on Your Mind?: Parent-to-Parent Insights
McAlister Auditorium, Galileo Hall
5:45–6:30 p.m. Wine & Cheese Reception 
Strauss Plaza
6:30 p.m. Dinner on the Town with your Student(s)
8 p.m. Professor Francis Su and Mathematics for Human Flourishing
Auditorium, Shanahan Center
Francis Su gives a warm and entertaining presentation about how math can help our individual lives and gives us a varying perspective on the world. For more information read our HMC news item about his book.
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Time Event
 8 a.m.–noon Registration/Continental Breakfast
Thomas-Garrett Plaza, Shanahan Center
8:30–9:45 a.m. Parent Thank You Breakfast (Invite Only)
Living Room, Platt Campus Center
Invites for this event are extended to parent donors and new members of the community (first-year parents).
10–11:30 a.m. State of the College Address
McAlister Auditorium, Galileo Hall
11:30 a.m. –12:45 p.m. Lunch
Linde Activities Center
1–2 p.m. First-Generation Families Session (Founding Class Room 1480, Shanahan Center)
AND International Families Q-and-A
(OID Offices, Platt Campus Center)
AND Session for Senior Parents
(Aviation Room, Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons)
2–3:30 p.m. Student vs. Parent Competition (Lawn between Kingston and Shanahan, weather permitting)
3:30–5 p.m. Tea with the President/Senior Parent Toast
Living Room, Platt Campus Center
5 p.m. Dinner on the Town with your Student(s)
8 p.m.–9:30 p.m. DUCK! Improv 
Auditorium, Shanahan Center

Additional Information

Shanahan Café Hours

Friday, Feb. 7
7 a.m.–7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 8
8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Religious Services

All services are held at the McAlister Center for Religious Activities (919 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont).
Website details different denominations and meeting times.