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Schedule: Information for parents and families

Welcome back to campus October 17–19, 2014

We are grateful for parents and families that support their student while entrusting them to Calvin. We hope to make Family Weekend a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with your student while you connect with your new family—at Calvin!

Plan your visit now

  • See the full schedule for the weekend, which includes information about reunions and other Homecoming activities.
  • Download the Calvin phone app for easy access to the schedule and map (which will be posted closer to the event).
  • If you know you are coming, REGISTER NOW!

Here is more information about activities planned especially for parents and families. Contact if you have any questions.

Welcome station

It's helpful to start here on Friday (9 a.m.–5 p.m.) or Saturday (9 a.m.–3 p.m.) in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex. Let us welcome you back to campus!
  • Enjoy coffee and doughnuts.
  • Grab a schedule map (.pdf).
  • Pick up tickets (if they were not previously mailed to you). 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

Family Weekend Tailgate Dinner | SOLD OUT

Friday, 5:30 p.m., Huizenga Tennis & Track Center
$10 adults, $5 children 12 & under, free* for Calvin students who register by Monday, October 13

Kick 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 will be on hand to meet you, too. Encourage your student to bring their friends so you can meet them!

Our menu: Pulled smoked chicken sandwiches, vegan chili, potato salad, fruit and veggies, brownies, caramel apple bar.

* Calvin students are free only with registration (with ID number if known) by October 13. 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 for all participants have been subsidized by the Student Treats program.

Volleyball - The Defending National Champions!

Friday, 7 p.m., Van Noord Arena
This event is FREE. No tickets required.

Catch the fast-paced action and cheer on the defending national champion Knights as they take on St. Mary's at 7 p.m. in the Van Noord Arena. The American Volleyball Coaches Association recently picked the Knights as the top-ranked team in the Division III preseaseon top 25 poll.

Calvin Improv | tickets »

Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m., Gezon Auditorium, Spoelhof Center
$5 general admission

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).

Note: River City Improv, our 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
$15 adults, $5 students

This collage-style concert includes all eight music ensembles at Calvin. 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.

Family Climbing and Swimming

The Climbing Wall will be open for families on Friday (4–6 p.m.) and Saturday (9:30–11 a.m., 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 12:30–2 p.m.). Registrations for 20 participants will be taken in advance for each time slot at Send your preferred time and the names/ages of all climbers. 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 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Aquatic locker room will be available for your use.

Town Hall with President Le Roy

Saturday, 10 a.m., Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
This event is FREE. No tickets required.

This is your chance to hear from Calvin’s president as he shares a bit about the college’s current strategic plan 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!

Flag Football, Cardboard Canoes and S'mores

Saturday, 3:30 p.m. West Field, 7 p.m. Seminary Pond
This event is FREE. No tickets required.

Join fellow Knights for our first annual K4L Bowl, a flag football competition between the Evens (Classes of 2016 & 2018) and the Odds (Classes of 2015 & 2017). Following dinner, our engineering students are hosting a Cardboard Canoe Race on the Sem Pond. Our student Nite Life team will then host Party at the Prez’s—complete with a fierljeppen (Dutch pole vaulting) showdown and a campfire with s’mores.

Ice Cream Sundae Social

Saturday, 9 p.m., Johnny’s Café
This event is FREE. No tickets required.

Following the Saturday Student Improv or Calvin Music Festival performances, wrap up your evening with free ice cream sundaes, compliments of the Student Treats program.

LOFT (Living our Faith Together)

Sunday, 10:30 a.m., CFAC Auditorium

We conclude our weekend with a LOFT worship service—a great opportunity for families to worship together. Pastor Mary will deliver a message based on our James Campus Bible Study series.

Sunday Brunch

Sunday, Commons Dining Hall
$7 adults, $4 ages 12 & under. Please note: cash/check only, payable at the door

Brunch will be available in the Commons Dining Hall 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 »

Have a high school student coming with you? They can register for a Fridays at Calvin visit.