March 24, 2020
Kenyon is suspending its residential program and transitioning to remote instruction. Read more about Kenyon's response to COVID-19.
Check this page for schedule updates, and pick up a Family Weekend schedule and brochure at the registration center in the Kenyon College Bookstore, when you arrive at Kenyon.
Registration center hours are Friday from 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Hot breakfast. Peirce Hall
Registration center open. Family Weekend registration, information about the weekend, meal tickets and light refreshments will be available. Kenyon College Bookstore
Continental breakfast. Peirce Hall
Lunch. Peirce Hall
Kenyon College Pealers ring in the weekend. All are welcome to observe or try their hand at playing. No musical experience necessary. Bell tower of the Church of the Holy Spirit. To get to the bell tower, go through the small door in the corner of the church facing Middle Path.
Reception for families with faculty and President Sean Decatur. Check with your students in advance for the names of their professors. KAC, Toan Track
The Kenyon Summer Research Poster Session. Kenyon Summer Science Scholars, Kenyon Summer Scholars, John W. Adams Summer Scholars in Socio-Legal Studies, the Center for the Study of American Democracy Scholars, and other students who participated in undergraduate research will present their summer research. KAC, Toan Track
Dinner. Peirce Hall
Join Kenyon Hillel for a special Family Weekend Shabbat. All are welcome. Rothenberg Hillel House, 103 West Brooklyn Street
Annual cabaret concert with student singing groups. Brandi Recital Hall
Gund Concert Series presents PUBLIQuartet. Dedicated to presenting new works for string quartet, PUBLIQuartet rose on the music scene as the winner of the 2013 Concert Artists Guild's New Music/New Places aware, and in 2019 garnered Chamber Music America's prestigious Visionary Award. PQ's genre-bending programs range from 20th century masterworks to newly commissioned pieces, alongside re-imaginations of classical works featuring open-form improvisations that expand the techniques and aesthetic of the traditional string quartet. Rosse Hall
Kenyon College Dramatic Club (KCDC) production of “The House of Bernarda Alba” by Federico García Lorca. Tickets are available through the Bolton Theater Box Office, 740-427-5546, beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 14, and at the door if the performance is not sold out. Bolton Theater
Miller Observatory open to the public, weather permitting. Hosted by Paula Turner P'10, professor of physics. To drive there, turn right from Wiggin Street onto Route 229, drive about 0.2 miles, and turn right onto the blacktop road marked by a Kenyon sign. Follow road up the hill to the observatory. Parking is limited.
Hot breakfast. Peirce Hall
Registration center open. Family Weekend registration, information about the weekend, meal tickets, and light refreshments will be available. Kenyon College Bookstore
Leadership appreciation breakfast (by invitation). Thomas Dining Room, upper level of Peirce Hall
Continental breakfast. Peirce Hall
Kokosing River Trail Run (5K/10K) Come get your feet dirty — the race is on! Run or walk this 5K/10K trail race that will loop through the Brown Family Environmental Center (BFEC) southern trail system. Advance registration online at racepenguin.com. Go to "Events," enter the date then click on "Family Weekend Kokosing River Run." Registration on race day begins at 8 a.m., and the race will begin at 9:30. Participation Fees: $20 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K. Proceeds will go in part to the Central Ohio Diabetes Association. The Kokosing River Trail Run is sponsored by Social Board, the Brown Family Environmental Center, Hillside Veterinary Clinic and other community partners. BFEC Resource Center, 9781 Laymon Road.
In honor of Kenyon’s fiftieth year of coeducation, Caitlin Flanagan P’20 looks at famous women who shaped the American midcentury: Joan Didion, Angela Davis, Patty Hearst, Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters and Marilyn Monroe. Flanagan is a staff writer at the Atlantic. She is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a winner and many time finalist of the National Magazine Award. She is the author of To Hell with All That and Girl Land. Her essays have been widely anthologized, including in Best American Essays, Best American Magazine Writing, and Best American Travel Writing. Her essay, “They Had it Coming,” about the recent college admission scandal, is being adapted for television by Blumhouse Productions. Cheever Room, Finn House
Family Day at the Gund Gallery. Enjoy a morning of art-infused learning inspired by our current exhibitions. Take home a masterpiece at several activity stations. Fun for families and children of all ages. Fischman Lobby and Buchwald-Wright Gallery, Gund Gallery
Open Forum with the President: President Sean Decatur joins senior administrators and members of the Parents Advisory Council to give an insider’s look at the College’s strategic priorities as well as updates on other top priorities of the Our Path Forward campaign. Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery
Women’s field hockey vs. DePauw University. The field at Benson Bowl
Kenyon baseball intrasquad game. McClosky Field
Lunch. Peirce Hall
Men's and women's swimming and diving relay meet. KAC, James A. Steen Aquatic Center
Fall Harvest Festival at the Brown Family Environmental Center (BFEC). A free event celebrating the season and the outdoors. The festival includes horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, pumpkin decorating, cider press, camp fire and nature photo contest show. Call 740-427-5052 for information. BFEC Resource Center, 9781 Laymon Road. Visitors must provide own transportation or walk the 0.6 mile to the event.
Quarry Chapel open house. Quarry Chapel was built in 1863, serving as a parish for stonemasons’ families, and was abandoned in 1937. Saved in 1972, the chapel was restored in 2009 and serves today as a community asset, hosting concerts and weddings. Corner of Quarry Chapel and Monroe Mills roads. Visitors must provide own transportation.
Student Pep Band Performance. Tunes will include Kenyon favorites like "The Thrill" and "Kokosing Farewell" as well as hits like "Havana," "I Want You Back" and more. Rosse Hall steps
To Seek a Broader View: Global Engagement and the Liberal Arts. A discussion with returning off-campus study students, faculty and staff from the Center for Global Engagement. Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery (lower level)
Kenyon Farm open house. Families are invited to tour the College’s 11-acre working farm within walking distance of campus. The nine Kenyon student farmers live and work at the farm raising vegetables, chickens, goats, ducks and lambs. Crops grown at the farm are provided to Kenyon food service and on Middle Path for the Kenyon community. Kenyon Farm, 20245 Zion Road (walking distance from campus)
Kenyon College Symphonic Wind Ensemble fall concert. The ensemble performs under the direction of Dane Heuchemer, professor of music. The concert will feature a movement of H. Owen Reed's "La Fiesta Mexicana," several movements from Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" and Dmitri Shostakovich's "Folk Dances." Student Assistant Directors Eleanor Welik '20 and Ethan Starr '20 will conduct the ensemble in a performance of David Holsinger's "Scootin' on Hardrock." The concert will conclude with Daniel Bukvich's "Hymn of St. Francis," a fun work in which an initial chorale is used for a set of variations based on various animals. Bukvich combines avant-garde techniques with traditional tonality to bring a murmuration of starlings, a scuttle of crabs, a rhumba of rattlesnakes, a squabble of seagulls, a smack of jellyfish, a buzzing of bees, a drumming of grouse and a flight of starlings to Rosse Auditorium. It's an interesting piece that calls for slide whistles, kazoos, syringes, water balloons, milk bottles, tire chains, tennis balls and more. If you want to see clarinet players and the brasses play just the mouthpiece of their instruments, this work is for you! Rosse Hall
Kenyon College Dramatic Club (KCDC) production of "The House of Bernarda Alba" by Federico Garcia Lorca. Tickets are available through the Bolton Theater Box Office, 740-427-5546, beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 14, and at the door if the performance is not sold out. Bolton Theater
Kenyon-Rome Program presentation. The Kenyon-Rome Program offers students interested in art history and studio art the opportunity to engage in a program based in Rome, Italy. Join the 2019 resident director, Marcella Hackbardt, and returning students to learn about this off-campus study opportunity. Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery (lower level)
Kenyon-Exeter Program presentation. The Kenyon-Exeter Program is a year-long study abroad option under the resident directorship of a member of Kenyon’s English Department. Join English department faculty and returning students to learn about the program. Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery (lower level)
Men's soccer vs. Wabash College. Mavec Field
Fools on the Hill show. Horn Gallery
4 - 5 p.m.
Fall initiation ceremony, Beta of Ohio, Kenyon College Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa. All are welcome. Peirce Lounge, Peirce Hall
Join Kenyon's Craft Center in a Sun Dying Workshop where you can print your own designs on fabric using dye activated by the sun. The event is free and fun for all ages. Craft Center
Dinner. Peirce Hall
Kokosingers concert (all-male a cappella group). Rosse Hall
Men's and women's cross country vs. College of Wooster. Lower athletic fields
Roman Catholic Mass. Church of the Holy Spirit
Kenyon College Dramatic Club (KCDC) production of “The House of Bernarda Alba.” Tickets are available through the Bolton Theater Box Office, 740-427-5546, beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 14, and at the door if the performance is not sold out. Bolton Theater
Historical tour of campus. Join Tom Stamp ’73, college historian and keeper of Kenyoniana, for a walking tour of Kenyon’s historic and picturesque south campus. Meet at the north door of the Church of the Holy Spirit.
Harcourt Parish Episcopal Church hosts morning worship with choir and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome. Church of the Holy Spirit
Brunch. Peirce Hall
Women’s field hockey vs. Earlham College. The field at Benson Bowl