All Wesleyan students, alumni, parents, families, faculty and staff are invited to Homecoming/Family Weekend Nov. 4-6.
This year, campus guests can participate in an array of academic, cultural and athletic events. Students’ families gain a sense of the undergraduate experience by sitting in on regularly scheduled classes, attending WESeminars, and by meeting faculty and administrators in both academic and social settings. Alumni can reconnect with Wesleyan and with each other at a host of special seminars and social gatherings.
“We welcome all members of the Wesleyan community to take advantage of the rich schedule,” says Makaela Kingsley ’98, associate director of events. “From lectures on social media and the Peace Corps, to improve comedy and a cappella, to athletic contests and celebrations, there’s something for everyone.”
Key events this year include tailgating during the homecoming football game against Williams College; a celebration of Alvin Lucier, the John Spencer Camp Professor of Music, Emeritus; a Randy Newman P’14 benefit concert; a Homecoming Day Lunch, Fall Harvest Brunch and All-College Dinner; an Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony; Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Ribbon Cutting; the 19th Annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium, and Where on Earth are We Going? Symposium.
The weekend schedule also features a gamelan workshop, campus tours, squash and basketball alumni games, receptions for volunteers and GOLD alumni (graduates of the last decade), a Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert, stargazing, family swim, community bike ride and a student a cappella concert celebrating Chip Stone ’49, P’79, P’82, GP’11, GP’15.
This year’s WESeminar topics include Wesleyan’s Practical Idealism: from Middletown, Conn. to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue; The Cinematic Moment: A Glimpse into the Wesleyan Film Studies Classroom; Tips on Effective Decision Making; Social Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan; Issues in Broadcasting and Journalism Today; Social Media; Celebrating 50 Years of the Peace Corps and more.
Nearly 1,500 people have already pre-registered, and another 1,000 are expected to register on site. Registration takes place at the Usdan University Center at 10 a.m. on Nov. 4. There, guests can pick up their registration packets, get answers to questions and meet up with other parents, alumni and families.