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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: June 11, 2013

We want to welcome new parents to the Calvin-Parents e-newsletter! Calvin-Parents keeps parents and families informed of news, events and helpful information from campus. This occurs weekly during the school year, and less often during summer. If you have questions anytime, contact parent relations (616-526-6142; We're here all summer long. Please note that the online Parent Calendar is updated with all the important 2013-2014 academic and financial due dates.

If your student has graduated and/or you no longer wish to receive Calvin-Parents, or if you wish to change or add e-mail addresses (to include grandparents, guardians, etc.), contact us at or manage preferences here.


Congratulations, Class of 2013! All Commencement highlights—videos, links, program, photos and more—are found on the Commencement site. Thank you for joining us for Commencement 2013.

Grad interviews president

Be sure to read the Christianity Today article, "Calvin College's New President Talks Budget Pressures, Diversity, and the Biggest Theological Issue Today" written by Katelyn Beaty '06.

Katelyn is featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Spark magazine which is online and in mailboxes now!

Student news

Two astronomy students have received space grants to continue their research on asteroid collisions and contact binary stars.

We Are Calvin: This summer, Calvin students are keeping us informed on where they are and what they're doing—from working the Google HelpDesk in Seattle to engineering a bridge in Kenya. Read about all these students on the News and Stories page.

The Gospel Choir recently returned from a tour of Guatemala. Check out photos of their trip on Facebook.


PASSPORT is a day and a half summer program designed for new students and adult family members to learn about Calvin through activities and creative workshops that highlight the range of opportunities at Calvin.

PASSPORT I: July 1 (8 a.m. – 11 p.m.), July 2 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
PASSPORT II: July 18 (8 a.m. – 11 p.m.), July 19 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
PASSPORT III: August 26 (8 a.m. – 11 p.m.), August 27 (8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
See the Orientation pages for complete schedule for these dates.

Orientation Brochure 2013 (.pdf) |

Don't miss these videos

At Calvin, a variety of worship practices are offered for the community which involve music, preaching, arts, readings and more. Watch a sampling of videos of worship services from this past school year that are worth viewing again.

See the complete worship and preaching archives for LOFT, Chapel, etc.

Parents Give Back

"Calvin provided our daughter with an excellent education and strengthened her faith. As parents, no phone call went more than 24 hours without being answered correctly the first time, without any passing from department to department. Calvin professors, staff and students do things quietly and for the glory of God." —Karen Riley

Parents realize the value of a Calvin education and know that tuition alone does not cover all of their student's college experience. That's why parents like you are giving back what they can. Gifts large and small are continuing the work of the college and providing students with the financial support they need. Express your gratitude today with as little as $5 or as much as $500. Visit to join other parents in going beyond tuition to support your student, and every student at Calvin today!


Events and activities are scheduled all year long—and throughout the world—for alumni and friends (parents, grandparents and families) to enjoy. Visit the alumni association pages to see the list which is updated regularly.

If you are a Calvin alum, don't forget about your reunions for 10-, 25-, 40- and 45-year (at Homecoming and Family Weekend); 50-year (at Commencement); and Heritage (during summer)!

Quick links | 616-526-6142 | Parent Council