Family Weekend Schedule

See below for a preview of the fall 2022 schedule. More events and details will be added as we get closer!

Friday, October 28

2 - 7 p.m. | Check-In for Family Weekend
Hogan Campus Center, Room 320
Family Weekend guests are asked to check in when they arrive. Guests will get an updated schedule, map of campus, and a commemorative Family Weekend giveaway. Students and staff will be available to answer any questions.


Fall campus scenic. Photo by Avanell Chang

2 p.m. | Nature Walk: The Campus Arboretum
Depart from Hanselman Hall on Easy St. (Chapel side)
As a Tree Campus USA certified college, our beautiful campus grounds are also recognized as an award-winning arboretum. Explore the variety of plants and trees on this 50-minute guided tour, led by Ted Heywood, Superintendent of Grounds. The tour will start on Easy St., before venturing toward the greenhouse and cemetery. After passing through Memorial Plaza, the tour will end on quintessential Linden Lane. Comfortable clothes and walking shoes are encouraged. Feel free to bring a water bottle with you.


2 - 4 p.m. |  Archives & Distinctive Collections Open House And Information
Dinand Library, Third Floor
Visit Archives & Distinctive Collections to learn more about the history of the College. Come explore the Reading Room and see the books, objects, and documents that bring the College's history to life. Staff will be available to meet with you and answer questions.


Luth Wellness Center

3-5 p.m. | Open House and Information
Joanne Chouinard-Luth Recreation and Wellness Center
Stop by The Jo to walk through one of campus’ newest buildings and get a glimpse of the recreation and wellness facility. Members of the Campus Recreation Office and the Student Wellness Education Office will be on hand to greet you and answer questions.


Prior Performing Arts Center

3 p.m. and 4 p.m. | Tour Of The Prior Performing Arts Center
Prior Performing Arts Center
Tour the newest building on the Hill! Offering thrilling new spaces to experience and train in the performing and creative arts, the Prior Performing Arts Center is also designed to catalyze transformational exchange between the arts and other disciplines. Tours will be thirty minutes and depart from just inside the main entrance to the building (located on Upper Campus just a few feet from Hogan).


Dinner
Enjoy dinner as a family in our on-campus dining facilities or in one of the many wonderful restaurants in Worcester and Central Mass. Reservations encouraged. 


5 p.m. | Presidential Scholars Reception
Hogan Campus Center, Jenks Suites B/C
Invitation Only


Holy Cross Dance Ensemble

6 p.m. | Dance Ensemble Show
Hogan Campus Center, Ballroom
Holy Cross Dance Ensemble will be performing eight student-choreographed dance routines in various styles: tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, and ballet.


6 p.m. | Volleyball Vs. Bucknell
Luth Athletic Complex - George Blaney ‘61 Gymnasium
Cheer on the Crusader Volleyball team as they take on the Bison of Bucknell University in a key Patriot League match. Admission is free for all attendees.


7 p.m. | Women's Ice Hockey Vs. University of New Hampshire
Luth Athletic Complex, Hart Center Rink
Cheer on the Crusader Women’s Ice Hockey team as they take on the Wildcats of the University of New Hampshire in a key Hockey East matchup.  Admission is free for all attendees.


Holy Cross Choir

8 p.m. | College Choir Concert: Autumn Landscapes
Prior Performing Arts Center, Luth Concert Hall
The College Choir invites you to join them for the premiere student performance at the Prior Performing Arts Center. The chosen pieces depict colorful portraits of the change of season, harvest, and thanksgiving, featuring texts that explore metaphors for how these external scenes can reflect our internal thoughts and feelings. Space is limited, seating will be first come, first served. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. time.


Holy Cross Fire Pits

8 - 11 p.m. | Fire Pits and S'mores On The Hoval
Hogan Campus Center, Hogan Courtyard (Hoval)
Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow students and families in the cozy firelight on the Hoval. This is a popular gathering place for students to connect during the school year; share in that community with them and make some memories under the night sky!


9 - 10 p.m. | Healy Haunted House
Healy Hall, Lower Easy Street Entrance
Join Healy Hall Council for this annual event - full of scares, candy, and a movie to finish it off!

Saturday, October 29

8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Check-In For Family Weekend
Hogan Campus Center, Room 320
Family Weekend guests are asked to check in when you arrive. Guests will get an updated schedule, map of campus, and commemorative Family Weekend giveaway. Students and staff will be available to answer any questions.


8 - 9 a.m. | Parents' Council Meeting
Hogan Campus Center, Jenks Suite A
Fall planning meeting with continental breakfast.  Guest Speaker:  Amy Murphy, Director of the Center for Career Development.


8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Men's Rowing Chase Wormtown Regatta
Lake Quinsigamond, 10 Lake Avenue, Worcester
Cheer on the Crusader Men’s Rowing team as they compete in the Wormtown Chase Regatta.  Admission is free for all attendees.


9 - 10 a.m. | Yoga
Joanne Chouinard-Luth Recreation and Wellness Center, Patio (rain: Multipurpose Studio)
Balance your body. Balance your mind. This session will warm up the body and guide you through movements focusing on alignment, strength, balance, and flexibility.  This class is appropriate for all levels; no experience or registration required. Equipment will be provided, bring your own if you prefer.


Prior Performing Arts Center

9 a.m. - noon | Prior Performing Arts Center Open For Self-Guided Tours
Offering thrilling new spaces to experience and train in the performing and creative arts, the Prior Performing Arts Center is also designed to catalyze transformational exchange between the arts and other disciplines. Peek in the Boroughs Theatre and the Luth Concert Hall on the ground floor and visit the Cantor Gallery on the third floor!


9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. | Cantor Art Gallery: Behind the Scenes Tour
Prior Performing Arts Center, Cantor Art Gallery
After 40 years in O’Kane Hall, the Cantor Gallery has moved to the new Prior Performing Arts Center! Visit the new Cantor Gallery as we are installing the newest exhibition of contemporary paintings from the collection of Holy Cross alums, Brad and Gabrielle Schuller. See behind-the-scenes what it takes to put together an exhibition, as well as to take care of the Cantor Gallery’s art collection. Tours will be approximately thirty minutes.


9 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. | FootballParking, Tailgating, And Pig Roast
For those who have purchased parking specifically for the football game, lots open and tailgating in the designated lots begins. Be sure to checkout the Pig Roast Food Truck on Freshman Field. They will be serving pulled pork and brisket. Tailgating lots close 15 minutes prior to kick-off.


Holy Cross President Vincent Rougeau. Photo by Avanell Chang

10 a.m. | President’s Hour
Prior Performing Arts Center,Luth Concert Hall
All families are invited to join President Vincent D. Rougeau as he addresses the College community and shares his thoughts on the Holy Cross experience. Light refreshments will be served following.


11  a.m. - 1 p.m. | Meet N’ Greet With The Office Of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Hogan Campus Center,  Jenks Suites B/C
Join the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for a coffee, tea, and pastries. During this time, families and students are encouraged to stop by to connect with the Student Inclusion and Belonging (SIB) staff and learn about our services and programs.


11 a.m. | Nature Walk: The Blackstone Gateway Park
Depart from outside of Kimball Hall on the Quad
Join us for a guided 50-minute round-trip walk from campus to the Blackstone Gateway Park and the Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center. These wonderful Worcester sites are within feet of The Hill. Enjoy the trails, observational platforms, and exhibits that highlight information about the historical and ecological history of the Blackstone Valley region. Comfortable clothes and walking shoes are recommended. Feel free to bring a water bottle with you.


11 a.m. | Field Hockey Vs. Lafayette
Hart Turf & Track – Located behind the Luth Athletic Complex
Cheer on the Crusader Field Hockey team as they take on the Leopards of Lafayette College in a key Patriot League game.  Admission is free for all attendees.
 


11 a.m. - noon | Faculty Spotlight Presentation
Building an Achievement-Oriented Academic Program: Integrative Neuroscience at Holy Cross
Hogan Campus Center, Jenks Suite A
As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Coeducation at the College, we highlight the work of Professor Alo Basu, who has led the development of a new integrative neuroscience program at Holy Cross based in inclusive excellence. In this talk, Professor Basu will share her reflections from unconventional approaches she has taken to explore cultural and disciplinary barriers to STEM learning, and then describe how her experiences have informed the inclusive design of the integrative neuroscience curriculum and core courses. How are Holy Cross faculty working, as a community, on changing our pedagogical practices and our mindsets to promote broader student achievement of learning goals? Inclusive excellence is the principle that the success of an academic program, institution, or field is dependent on how well the full diversity of students is valued, engaged, and included in the learning context. Masks are required for attendees at this event.


11:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Parents' Council Tailgate
Fitton Baseball Field
Meet current members of the Holy Cross Parents Council and learn more about what we do. Following the President's Hour, walk down to the ballfield, follow the signs and look for the balloons. All are welcome!


11:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Senior Parent Tailgate
Fitton Baseball Field
Hosted by the Senior Parent Gift Committee Co-Chairs Keith and Janet McKenna. Parents of seniors, swing by to learn more about this year's Senior Parent Gift Campaign. Following the President's Hour, walk down to the ballfield, follow the signs and look for the balloons.


11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Instrument Petting Zoo
Fitton Football Field
The Goodtime Marching Band will be hosting an Instrument Petting Zoo down at Fitton Field prior to and during the football game. Kids of all ages are welcome to listen to, touch, and play instruments; try on a uniform; take your picture; and get a spooky treat!


Noon - 2 p.m. | Open House and Information
Joanne Chouinard-Luth Recreation and Wellness Center
Stop by The Jo to walk through one of campus’ newest buildings and get a glimpse of the recreation and wellness facility. Members of the Campus Recreation Office and the Student Wellness Education Office will be on hand to greet you and answer questions.


Fall Fest

Noon - 4 p.m. | Fall Fest
Hogan Campus Center, Courtyard (Hoval)
Bring your friends and family to the Hoval for a day filled with your favorite fall activities and treats, including fall-themed treats, family photo booth, lawn games, inflatables, and more! This event is open to people of all ages; you will not want to miss it!


Noon - 4 p.m. | Rockwall 
Joanne Chouinard-Luth Recreation and Wellness Center, Patio
Test your climbing skills on this outdoor rock climbing wall brought in just for Family Weekend! Sponsored by Campus Recreation


Noon - 3 p.m. | Open Swim
Luth Athletic Complex, Pool
Families are welcome to attend open community hours. Waiver must be signed.


Holy Cross football players

1 p.m. | Football Vs. Fordham (Ram-Crusader Cup)
Crusader Athletics invites all families and friends to attend this key Patriot League game against rival Fordham as they play for bragging rights in the annual Ram-Crusader Cup game.    


4 p.m. | Volleyball Vs. Lehigh
Luth Athletic Complex, George Blaney ‘61 Gymnasium
Cheer on the Crusader Volleyball team as they take on the Mountain Hawks of Lehigh University in a key Patriot League match. Admission is free for all attendees.


4:30 p.m. | Family Weekend Mass
St. Joseph Memorial Chapel
Join families and students for the Vigil Mass of the weekend. Rev. James Hayes, S.J. '72, Associate Chaplain for Mission, will preside and preach.


Fish Fry

6 p.m. | Black Student Union (BSU) Family Fish Fry
Loyola Hall, Ballroom
Join the Black Student Union for an evening of games, music, and food. Students should register themselves and their family on myHC. Space is limited. Registration closes Friday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. or sooner if space is filled. 


Hogan Takeover

8 - 11 p.m. | The Hogan Takeover: Get in the Game
Hogan Campus Center
Experience a signature Saturday night program where the Hogan Campus Center will be transformed with activities, food, games, and fun for everyone! Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board and the Office of Student Involvement.

Sunday, October 30

Holy Cross Mass

11:30 a.m. | Family Weekend Mass
St. Joseph Memorial Chapel
Join us for worship in  the beautiful Chapel which has served our College for nearly a century.  Rev. Timothy W. O’Brien, S.J. ‘06, Associate Vice President for Mission, will preside and preach. Music will be led by the Holy Cross Chapel Choir and Organ Scholar.
 


Noon | Field Hockey Vs. Towson
Hart Turf & Track – Located behind the Luth Athletic Complex
Cheer on the Crusader Field Hockey team as they take on the Tigers of Towson University in a non-league game. Admission is free for all attendees.


2 p.m. | Alpha Sigma Nu Induction Ceremony
Rehm Library
Alpha Sigma Nu is the National Jesuit Honor Society. The newest inductees will be celebrated. Reception immediately following in Hogan Jenks Suite A, Fourth Floor.


4:30 p.m. | Interdenominational Praise And Worship Service
McCooey Chapel
The entire Holy Cross family is welcome to worship in an interdenominational service in the intimate McCooey Chapel.

Throughout The Weekend

Natural Area Walk
Trailhead off Loyola Parking Lot on McCarthy Lane
Pick the Purple or White trail and stroll through the Holy Cross Natural Area. Used by the cross-country teams, Montserrat courses, and science labs, this forested area winds for 0.5 miles along the border of campus. While the trails are fairly flat and mainly free of loose gravel, we recommend closed-toe shoes. Feel free to bring a water bottle.



 
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