Please note that this is the 2017 schedule. Information and registration details for the 2018 Family Weekend will be available closer to the date.
Check this page for schedule updates, and pick up a Family Weekend schedule and brochure at the registration center in the Gund Commons Ballroom, 101 East Brooklyn Street, 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. Gund Commons Ballroom, 101 East Brooklyn Street
Opening session of the Parents Advisory Council, with introductions and remarks by President Sean Decatur. Open to all parents. Alumni Dining Room, lower level of Peirce Hall
Continental breakfast. Peirce Hall
Library open house. Visit the library, meet the library and IT staff and enjoy light refreshments. Presidential Lobby, Olin Library
Lunch. Peirce Hall
Friday Luncheon Cafe. Tickets ($7) are purchased at the door. Parish House, 201 West Brooklyn Street
Presentations by students in the John W. Adams Summer Scholars Program in Socio-Legal Studies and the Center for the Study of American Democracy Scholar Program. Beulah Kahler Theater (Room 240), Kenyon Athletic Center (KAC)
Closing session of the Parents Advisory Council. Committee reports and concluding remarks, open to all parents. Alumni Dining Room, lower level of Peirce Hall
Exhibiting Nigerian artist Uche Okpa-Iroha and guest curator Dr. Carol Magee will share the stage in this casual open dialogue about the expanding art scene in the densely urban city of Lagos. Join us before the opening reception of Urban Cadence at 5:00-8:00 pm Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery, lower level
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 and other students who participated in undergraduate research will present their summer research. KAC, Toan Track
Opening reception for "Urban Cadence: Street Scenes from Lagos and Johannesburg." Gund Gallery
Dinner. Peirce Hall
Hillel Family Weekend Shabbat. Welcome Shabbat together in Kenyon’s Hillel building, with a Kiddush reception to follow. Open to both students and families. Rothenberg Hillel House, 103 West Brooklyn Street
Kokosingers Concert (all-male a cappella group). Rosse Hall
8:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 14
BE, Kenyon’s multi-denominational Christian club is sponsoring 24 hours of prayer and worship. Church of the Holy Spirit
Kenyon College Dramatic Club (KCDC) production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” by Tom Stoppard and directed by Jonathan Tazewell '84, Thomas S. Turgeon Professor of Drama. Tickets are available through the Bolton Theater Box Office, 740-427-5546, beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 9, 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. Gund Commons Ballroom, 101 East Brooklyn Street
Leadership appreciation breakfast (by invitation). Thomas Dining Room, upper level of Peirce Hall
Historical tour of the 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
Center for the Study of American Democracy (CSAD) Panel – “Cool Heads on Hot Topics: Trump-Era Economic, Foreign, and Immigration Policies. The panel will engage topics of foreign policy, security, economic policy, and immigration, among others. Moderated by Tom Karako, Director, CSAD, with panelists David Rowe, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, Will Melick, the Bruce L. Gensemer Professor of Economics, and Nancy Powers, Assistant Director of CSAD. Community Foundation Theater, lower level,Gund Gallery.
Continental breakfast. Peirce Hall
A reading by Saskia Hamilton '89. Kenyon alumna Saskia Hamilton ’89 is the author of three books of poetry, including "Corridor," which was named one of the best poetry books of 2014 by the New Yorker and the New York Times Book Review. She is also the editor of "The Letters of Robert Lowell" (2005) and "The Dolphin Letters: Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Hardwick and Their Circle" (forthcoming 2018) and co-editor of "Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell" (2008). She teaches at Barnard College. Saskia will take questions, and books will be available for purchase and signing. Cheever Room, Finn House
“Demystifying the Application Process.” This informational session hosted by Diane Anci, vice president of enrollment management and dean of admissions, will provide tips on how to conduct a successful college search and offer insight into the application process. Brandi Recital Hall, Storer Hall
Family Weekend 5K. Start off Family Weekend right with some exercise! Wake up early and feel the Ohio sunshine on your back as you run 3.1 with your kids! Register onsite at the Kenyon Athletic Center prior to race start. The annual Family Weekend 5K is sponsored by Social Board, Kenyon's programming committee for alcohol-free events. Kenyon Athletic Center
Family Day at the Gund Gallery. Enjoy a morning of art-infused learning inspired by the exhibition "Urban Cadence: Street Scenes from Lagos and Johannesburg." Create and take home a masterpiece at several activity stations! Visit our photobooth and get your picture taken as a superhero. Fun for families of all ages. Fischman Lobby and Buchwald-Wright Gallery, Gund Gallery
Women’s Field Hockey vs. Earlham College. McBride Field
Town hall meeting with President Sean Decatur and members of the senior administration. Higley Auditorium, Higley Hall
Lunch. Peirce Hall
Men’s and women’s swimming and diving relay meet. Kenyon Athletic Center
Come hear Kenyon's student-led Pep Band perform. Tunes will include Kenyon favorites like The Thrill and pop hits like All Star, I Want You Back, and more! Rosse Hall Steps
Women’s Volleyball vs. DePauw University Tomsich Arena, KAC
“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. Brandi Recital Hall, Storer Hall
Craft Center open house and craft-making workshop. The Craft Center offers non-credit classes in the handcrafted arts. Enjoy a tour and learn how to make your own rubber stamps. Refreshments will be served. Craft Center, 302 Gaskin Avenue (#111 on the campus map)
Football vs. Hiram. McBride Field
Kenyon College Symphonic Wind Ensemble Fall Concert. The fall concert will feature the last movement of Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, the finale of Respighi's Pines of Rome, the first movement of Richard Strauss' Suite Opus 4, a collection of Renaissance dances by Michael Praetorius, and three works dating from the American Civil War. The concert will conclude with Paul Hart’s Cartoon, an exciting soundtrack to a faux Tom and Jerry, Wile E. Coyote/Road Runner, Bugs Bunny type of cartoon. In the composer’s words: “It’s all here! The big opening credits, the cat and mouse tease and chase, the strutting swagger, and of course the big finale! Best of all, it can happen in the imagination of the audience, not on the film screen.” The ensemble will perform under the baton of Dane Heuchemer, professor of music. Rosse Hall
Kenyon College Dramatic Club (KCDC) production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.” See Friday 8:30 p.m. listing for details. Bolton Theater
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. Walk the 0.6 mile to the event, or catch a shuttle from Palme House, leaving every 20 minutes from 2-4 p.m.
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 2018-19 resident director Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky, former resident director and English department chair Sarah Heidt ’97, returning students, and other faculty to learn about the program. Olin Auditorium, Olin Library
Kenyon in Rome Program presentation. The Kenyon in Rome Program offers students the opportunity to engage in a program based in Rome, Italy, with extended visits to other sites. Join the resident directors to learn about this opportunity for students interested in art history and studio art. Community Foundation Theater (lower level, Gund Gallery)
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 living and/or working at the farm raise chickens, goats and ducks. Crops grown at the farm are provided to Kenyon food service and sold in a CSA for the Kenyon community. Kenyon Farm, 20245 Zion Road (walking distance from campus)
Fall initiation ceremony, Beta of Ohio, Kenyon College Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa. All are welcome. Norton Room, Ransom Hall
Fools on the Hill. Kenyon's improv comedy troupe performs. Horn Gallery
Annual cabaret concert with student singing groups. Rosse Hall
Dinner. Peirce Hall
Roman Catholic Mass. Church of the Holy Spirit
Movie screening of "The Big Sick" hosted by Cinearts Kenyon. Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery lower level.
Harcourt Parish Episcopal Church hosts morning worship with choir and Holy Eucharist. All are welcome. Church of the Holy Spirit
Brunch. Peirce Hall
Kenyon College Equestrian Team Pony Rides. Join the Kenyon College Equestrian Team for pony rides, crafts, face painting and more! Students, families, and community members of all ages are welcome. Ransom Lawn
Women’s Field Hockey vs. DePauw University. McBride Field