Please note: Pre-registration for Parents & Family Weekend is now closed.

 


Welcome parents and families!

2019 Parents & Family Weekend ― September 20 – 22

Visit classes, dine in Chase, view the art galleries, take in student performances, or put a team together and conquer the BoldrDash obstacle course challenge. There’s so much to do this weekend! Check out the tentative schedule below.

If you are a parent of a Wheaton athlete competing off campus at the many games taking place during the weekend, we hope you and your family will still find time to join the fun.

 


Frequently asked questions:

I was not able to pre-register, now what do I do?
Please, still plan to come to campus and join the fun! Although a few of our events are filled to capacity (Please see the below schedule.), there are events still open and available, on a first-come-first served basis. You can register on site during the weekend at check-in.

I have questions about the weekend’s programming, who do I contact?
Please contact the Office of Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership (SAIL) with any questions regarding schedule and programming: sail@wheatoncollege.edu.

Where do I park on campus?
Convenient parking is available in lot 2 with overflow parking available in lot 3. Please see the campus map for exact locations.

Where is check-in?
Check-in is in Balfour-Hood Campus Center Atrium and is easily accessible from the Peacock Pond-side entrance of Balfour-Hood. Check out the campus map.

 


2019 Parents & Family Weekend Tentative Schedule:

Please note: Some events require registration and a minimal fee. The BoldrDash obstacle course challenge requires a separate registration. Register here for BoldrDash.

Friday, September 20

Check-in
9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Check-in has your event tickets, the schedule and all the information you will need for the weekend. Grab a cup of coffee and a quick snack or return at any point during the day to have a seat and take a break.

9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Select Classes Open for Parents and Families
Be a Wheaton student for a day! Visit our open classes. Check out the list online.

12:30–1:45 p.m.
Parent Luncheon: Success by Design: Career Outcomes at Wheaton College
Andrew Brereton, Executive Dean of Student Success
Wheaton College graduates have great career outcomes. In the last five years, 97% of Wheaton students have successfully achieved their first career destination (e.g. employment, graduate school admissions, etc.) within six months of graduation. Clearly we’re doing something right when it comes to preparing our students for postgraduate success! Join Andy Brereton, Executive Dean for Student Success, for a discussion of how Wheaton has intentionally created a comprehensive career development process, and what students (and parents) can do to make the most of the opportunities that we offer.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL.

1–5 p.m.
Gallery Exhibit Open: For the Record: Political / Personal / Historical
This exhibition brings together six artists, Sara Jimenez, Antonio McAfee, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Dano Wall, who are reframing historical images and information to encourage a shift in perceptions of race, immigration, and colonialism.

2–4 p.m.
WinHub and MakerSpace Open Houses
Explore two of Wheaton’s innovative spaces for experiential learning—the WinHub, where budding entrepreneurs can access resources, hone their business skills and network; and the Lab 213 makerspace, a hub for making on campus that provides high-tech tools and other materials for students to develop and collaborate on a wide range of projects.

34 p.m.
Wheaton in Puerto Rico Showcase – Two Years After Hurricane Maria
Sponsored by the Marshall Center – A reflection by Wheaton students who have seen its impacts firsthand. In the summer of 2019, Wheaton students were supported by a Mellon Foundation Grant to travel throughout Puerto Rico and learn about gender violence and reconstruction post-hurricane Maria. Come see and hear about the work of students in the course, Disaster and Reconstruction led by Professor M.Gabriela Torres and Dean Raquel Ramos on the two year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s landfall in Puerto Rico.

4–6 p.m.
ARTS Quad Party
Come check out what arts@wheaton is all about including how you can get involved. There will be live performances, music, tie-dye, airbrush tattoos, screen printing and more. Oh yeah, and a food truck serving up tacos. Come play with us!

6:30–8 p.m.
Shabbat Dinner
Open to all. Sponsored by Wheaton’s Hillel group. Advance registration required.

8 p.m.
Observatory Open Night
Weather permitting.

7–9 p.m.
Nash Fung Magic Show
Sponsored by Programming Activities Council (PAC) – With over 18 years of experience, magician Nash Fung uses a mix of humor, magic, and mind-reading to mesmerize audiences. Nash is devoted to expanding the art of magic and sharing his passion with the world and has appeared on the national stage in shows such as Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us” on the CW network.

9 p.m.
BAC Family Movie – Wizard of Oz
Boosting Alcohol Consciousness (BAC) offers education and free events to the campus community as an alternative to drinking. Relax and enjoy a family movie to finish out your first day at Wheaton.

9–10 p.m.
Latinx Student Association (LSA) Fundraiser for Puerto Rico: Tabaco y Ron
September 20, 2019 marks the second anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s landfall on Puerto Rico. The storm had a devastating and continuous impact on the island and its inhabitants. In recognition of this day, Paraíso Latino in collaboration with LSA will be holding a showcase of Puerto Rican and Hispanic culture at large in celebration of the island and its journey to recovery. Come see performances by Paraíso Latino, a presentation from LSA, sample food, and much more. Entrance fee of $5 at the door will benefit hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.

Saturday, September 21

8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Check-in
Check-in has your event tickets, the schedule and all the information you will need for the weekend. Grab a cup of coffee and a quick snack or return at any point during the day to have a seat and take a break.

8:45–10:30 a.m.
President’s Breakfast and Session for Parents
Please come early to gather with fellow parents, President Hanno and several college staff to enjoy breakfast. President Hanno will share updates from campus and then take questions.

10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Emerson Dining Hall Open
Emerson Dining offers retail-style service with Starbucks Coffee, freshly baked bagels and pastries, sandwiches, soups, delicious hot entrees, and a large selection of grab & go options.

10:30–11:30 a.m.
“First-Year Transitions” with Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Kate McCaffrey
Parents of first-year students are invited to join Dean Kate to explore some of the expected transitions your students (and you) will be faced with in their first year.

12 p.m.–2 p.m.
BoldrDash Obstacle Course Challenge
The all new BoldrDash obstacle course offers dashers of all ages a day full of fun fitness and an all around Boldr good time! The course will have 10+ BoldrDash obstacles, fitness style challenges, and competitive games, on a 1 – 1.5 mile course throughout the college grounds. Students, alumni, family, and friends are welcome to put together a team and join in the fun! You can register online. Pre-registrants receive a BoldrDash headband when arriving to compete on campus. You may also register onsite at the Dimple between 10:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.

12–3 p.m.
Peacock Block Party
Food, music and fun in a festival atmosphere! Enjoy the student dining experience with lunch at Chase Dining Hall, then grab some sweet treats for dessert at outside food trucks. Stop by Chapel Field to play outdoor games, enjoy music and more. Advance registration required.

1–5 p.m.
Gallery Exhibit Open: For the Record: Political / Personal / Historical
This exhibition brings together six artists, Sara Jimenez, Antonio McAfee, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Dano Wall, who are reframing historical images and information to encourage a shift in perceptions of race, immigration, and colonialism.

3:30–5 p.m
Phi Beta Kappa Ceremony and Reception
The nation’s oldest honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. This fall’s inductees will be welcomed into the honor society. Reception to follow.

7:30–9:30 p.m.
Student Performance Showcase
Wheaties are talented in a variety of ways. Some sing, some dance, some make us laugh, and some even move us. Come watch Wheaton’s student groups perform for their families and friends during this special showcase. The doors will open at 7 p.m. This is a show not to be missed!

9 p.m.–12 a.m.
Senior Class Pub Night
The senior class officers host a monthly “Pub Night” just for the class of 2019. Snacks and refreshments will be available. Sponsored by Bog Iron Brewing. Cash sales only.

10 p.m.–12 a.m.
Late Night Bingo
Join the office of Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership (SAIL) Late Night Programmers for a fun, family-friendly night of bingo, awesome prizes and festive treats.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL.

Sunday, September 22

9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Jazz Brunch
Enjoy a delicious brunch in one of the campus’s cherished venues, while listening to smooth jazz music. A great way to round out your weekend visiting with your Wheaton student. Please note: There will be a first seating from 9–10:30 a.m. and a second seating from 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: BOTH JAZZ BRUNCH SEATINGS ARE NOW FULL

10–11:30 a.m.
Student Government Association (SGA) Inauguration
Hear what SGA has planned for the coming year. Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Kate McCaffrey will host this year’s event and swear in the 2019–20 SGA executive board, senators and class officers. Reception to follow.