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Schedule: Information for parents and families

Welcome to campus—we hope you enjoy your weekend!

We hope you enjoyHomecoming & Family Weekend, October 18–20, 2013.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE, start at the welcome station Friday (9 a.m.–5 p.m.) or Saturday (9 a.m.–3 p.m.) in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex.

  • Grab coffee and doughnuts.
  • Pick up a schedule map (.pdf).
  • Pick up tickets you have ordered on or after October 11 (for Tailgate Dinner, Student Improv, River City Improv, Spotlight and Calvin Music Festival). Students may also pick these up for you.

Visit Class

WHEN: Friday, all day
WHERE: Various classrooms
See the list of open classes on Friday: by time | by department
Please note: these are the classes that are not open.

Family Weekend Tailgate Dinner - SOLD OUT

Friday, 5:30 p.m., Huizenga Tennis & Track Center
THANK YOU! This event is now sold out. See you (approx. 500 of you!) Friday night.

Kicked off your weekend with the Tailgate Dinner. The atmosphere is casual, providing plenty of time to talk with your student over a meal. There will be games, a photo booth and other activities. President Le Roy and his wife, Andrea, will be on hand to meet you, too. Encourage your student to bring friends, too—especially those without visiting families! Tickets required: $10 adults, $5 children 12 & under, free* for Calvin students.

Our menu: veggies, fruit, four-cheese mac&cheese, grilled BBQ chicken skewers, chicken sliders; pumpkin bars and chocolate bars for dessert.

* Calvin students are free only with registration (with ID number if known) by October 10. This counts as one dinner meal use for students with meal plans. Late registrations will be $10 for all participants. The costs for this event have been subsidized by the Student Treats program.

Student Improv*

Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m., Lab Theater, Spoelhof Center
*PLEASE NOTE: Tickets MAY be available for Friday's show at the door. Saturday's show is SOLD OUT!

Our student improv team will have you laughing as they use audience suggestions for skits in this one-hour show. Tickets required (including for Calvin students): $5 general admission. These shows will sell out!

River City Improv, the alumni improv team, is also performing this weekend. Please note the difference on the ticket order form.

Calvin Music Festival | tickets »

Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Covenant Fine Arts Center

This collage-style concert includes all eight music ensembles at Calvin. Tickets are $15 adults, $5 students for the Festival performance. In addition, there will be several “Spotlight” performances by smaller ensembles throughout the building from 6:30-7:15 p.m. These Spotlight performances are free but do require advance tickets available on our online registration.

Party at the Prez's

Friday, 7 p.m., Seminary Pond Lawn

The campus involvement and leadership office presents a “Buck Fridays” program with an evening of activities by the Sem Pond. The Calvin chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers will kick things off with a Cardboard Canoe Race beginning at 7 p.m., then Fierljeppen (a Dutch sport that involves pole vaulting over a body of water). Later in the evening, the movie “Despicable Me 2” will be shown on a giant screen on the lawn. Throughout the evening there will be campfires and s’more supplies provided. All of this is available for the awesome “Buck Fridays” rate: $1/person (cash only, paid at the event). Families invited!

Climbing (FULL), Swimming

The Climbing Wall will be open for families on Friday and Saturday but all available climbing slots are now full. You are welcome to stop by to watch the climbers in action!

The Venema Aquatic Center will be hosting open swim on Friday (6–9 p.m.) and Saturday (9–10:30 a.m.).

Town Hall with President Le Roy

Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

This is your chance to hear from Calvin’s president as he shares a bit about the college’s strategic planning process and Calvin’s place in the ever-changing world of higher education. There will be generous time for you to ask him your questions, too!


Cheer on the Knights! Friday: hockey (7 p.m.). Saturday: women’s soccer (12 p.m.), swim relays (1 p.m.), men’s soccer (2:30 p.m.), alumni hockey (3:30 p.m.), men’s lacrosse vs. alumni (4 p.m.) and hockey (8:30 p.m.).

Ice Cream Sundae Social

Saturday, 9 p.m., Johnny’s Café

Wrap up your Saturday evening with free ice cream sundaes, compliments of the Student Treats program.

LOFT (Living our Faith Together)

We conclude our weekend with a LOFT worship service—moved to the morning so families can worship together. Pastor Mary will be preaching a message which is part of our Exodus fall Bible study series. Brunch will be available in the Commons Dining Hall ($7 adults, $4 ages 12 & under, cash/check only at the door) before you head home.

And more...

There are many additional free activities available this weekend, including tours of the art gallery and Dice Mineralogical Museum, star-gazing at the observatory, class visits, and nature walks and children’s activities at the Bunker Interpretive Center…there is something for everyone!

Fridays at Calvin »