Wheaton is excited to welcome our families and friends back to campus!
This year, the college is looking forward to celebrating Family and Friends Weekend in conjunction with Wheaton’s Alumni Fall Fest October 20–21, 2023.

These two events will be combined to provide our alumni, students, families, and friends with an all-encompassing weekend of Wheaton activity and connection. We hope you are able to join us!

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Friday, October 20

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Phi Beta Kappa Ceremony Ι Hindle Auditorium

3:00  – 6:00 p.m. Check-in for Families Ι Balfour-Hood Campus Center Atrium
Families only need to check in once, on Friday or Saturday.

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Arts Quad Party Ι Hood Courtyard between Watson Fine Arts and Meneely
Enjoy performances from our talented students as we kick off a fun weekend with our family and friends on campus.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Nursing Student Family Reception Ι Nursing Suite in the Discovery Center

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. BINGO and Jazz Music Ι Emerson Dining Hall
Students, friends, and family are invited to win awesome prizes at this cozy-themed bingo and enjoy the smooth sounds of student jazz band, Phat Police.

Saturday, October 21

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Check-in for Families Ι Balfour-Hood Campus Center Atrium
Families only need to check in once, on Friday or Saturday.

10:30 a.m. Welcome by President Whelan Ι Cole Memorial Chapel

11:00 a.m. Resilience and Student Success: Highlights from Dean of Students Office Ι Cole Memorial Chapel
Families are invited to learn about the first six weeks, updates from the Dean of Students Office and around campus, and what to expect in the next couple of months.  This is a presentation with time at the end for questions and answers with staff from the Dean of Students Office.

12:00 p.m. The FYE Experience for Families
Families are invited to get a taste of what their students are experiencing in their First Year Experiences (FYE) courses, bringing in concepts and learning opportunities from a variety of disciplines.

AI, Big Data, and You with Professor Mark LeBlanc Ι Weber Theater, Watson Fine Arts
Reframe! Visioning Ideas, Contexts, and Identity with Professor Sara Donaldson Ι Ellison Lecture Hall, Watson Fine Arts

12:00 p.m. Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving v. Bentley University Ι Balfour Natatorium

12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tour of the Permanent Art Collection Ι Watson Fine Arts Lobby
Families are invited to tour the College’s permanent art collections. Tours offered on a rotating basis depending on volume.

1:00 p.m. Fall Fest Ι Haas Athletic Center and Athletic Fields

1:00 p.m. Women’s Soccer v. Smith College Ι Christina Mirrione ’99 Stadium

2:00 p.m. Men’s Soccer v. Springfield College Ι Keefe Field

2:15 p.m. Ultimate Frisbee Team Clinic Ι Nordin ’80 Turf Field

6:30 p.m. Voices Concert Ι Cole Memorial Chapel

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Demon Daze Open Mic Night Ι Lyon’s Den in Balfour-Hood Campus Center
Join two student organizations, Music Co-Op and Café Theatre, for a Halloween-themed open mic.

7:30 – 10:00 p.m. Trivia and Back to the Future Movie Screening Ι Hindle Auditorium
Join the Wheaton Events Board (WEB) for 80s Trivia followed by a screening of 80s classic, Back to the Future.