Family Weekend Schedule

We are excited to welcome families to campus for another fun-filled weekend. Please see the Family Weekend 2023 schedule below. We anticipate a few more events being added, so be sure to check back later. 

Friday, October 20, 2023

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Always Be Around: Corita Kent, Community and Pedagogy Exhibit 
Prior Performing Arts Center, Cantor Art Gallery, Third Floor
Corita Kent (1918-1986) also known as Sister Mary Corita, was a pop artist, educator and social justice advocate. The exhibition, Always Be Around: Corita Kent, Community and Pedagogy, demonstrates the importance and timeliness of Corita Kent’s art and teaching practice to this generation of artists. Featuring Kent’s work and the work of contemporary artists Mary Banas and Breanne Trammell, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Roz Crews, Jen Delos Reyes, Christine Sun Kim, Jorge Lucero, Mary Lum, Maria del Carmen Montoya, Aaron Rose and Lee Walton, the exhibition presents a range of artistic approaches to teaching, close looking, social justice and collaboration. Curated by Rachelle Beaudoin, Professor of Practice, College of the Holy Cross.


noon - 2 p.m. | Business Certificate Program Information Table
Hogan Campus Center, 1st Floor Lobby Table 
Stop by the Ciocca Center’s information table to learn about the multiple pathways students can take who are interested in business. With 75% of Holy Cross Alumni working in various business roles, explore how you can pursue your passion through any major while gaining valuable real-world business exposure and perspective.


Student checking in a family member at registration table

1 - 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. Those who check in will have a chance to enter a drawing for themed prize baskets. Drawings will take place noon on Saturday. 


Luth Wellness Center

1 - 4 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.


Campus statue with residence hall in background

1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. | Hidden in Plain Sight Tour
Depart from the Joanne Chouinard-Luth Recreation and Wellness Center
Are the exorcism rumors true? Are there secret labyrinths buried on campus? Find out! Learn about Holy Cross history, mystery and lore on this walking tour of campus that will highlight some little-known facts and legends of Mount St. James. Led by Tom Cadigan '02, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, this fun tour will expand your Holy Cross horizons.


Headshots of famous figures who have visited Holy Cross

2 - 4 p.m. | Archives & Distinctive Collections Open House 
Dinand Library, Third Floor
Visit our Archives & Distinctive Collections on the third floor of Dinand Library to learn about some of the famous visitors who have visited the College throughout its history, including: Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Robert Frost, Jane Fonda, and more! Photographs, documents, and other items will be on display in the Reading Room. Staff will be available to meet with you and answer questions.


3 - 5 p.m. | Career Conversations: Center for Career Development Information Table
Hogan Campus Center, 1st Floor Lobby Table 
Stop by the Center for Career Development’s information table to learn how your student can be part of the 91% of graduates who are employed, in graduate school, engaged in service work, or completing a fellowship upon graduation. Families of all students – first-years through seniors – are encouraged to stop by.


View of exterior of St. Joseph Memorial Chapel in fall

3 p.m. and 5 p.m. | 100th Anniversary Tour of the Chapel
St. Joseph Memorial Chapel 
You are warmly welcome to tour our historic St. Joseph Memorial Chapel with Laurence Rosania, Director of Liturgy and Music. In advance of the Chapel's 100th anniversary next year, we will explore some of its fascinating legacy of spirituality, artistry, and Holy Cross history.


3 - 4 p.m. | Parent's Council Meeting
Hogan Campus Center, Jenks Suite A, 4th Floor
Fall planning meeting for the Parent's Council. Light refreshments will be served.


3 - 6 p.m. | Franks and Friends
Brooks Hall, Outside on the rear lawn
Connect with families and friends of the Class of 2027! Come join the Office of Residence Life and Housing at Brooks Hall for DogFather franks and great conversation!


Prof. Daina Harvey in an apple orchard

4 p.m. | Faculty Spotlight Presentation - Prof. Daina Harvey "Lost Orchards and Found Cider: The Curious Case of Malus Futūrus"
Hogan Campus Center, Jenks Suite B/C, 4th Floor

Apples are of specific interest to us as they have a particular mnemonic resonance for most New Englanders, being a key component of the mythos of New England’s foodways. Most New Englanders from first grade on can proudly tell the story of Johnny Appleseed and show you on a map where his hometown of Leominster is located. But the industrialisation of our food system has dramatically reduced the variety of foodways; and perhaps nowhere else is this as apparent than with apples. A hundred years ago, there were thousands of varieties of apples, but due to industrialization today, only a handful dominate the market. With climate change, most of these apples won’t survive. This talk focuses on the use of lost and wild apples by foragers and cider makers to identify apples that are useful for cider production. With names like Fuel Service Station and Steam Mill Crossroads, these apples have survived without human intervention, sometimes for a century, and thus might be good candidates for apples of the future.


4 p.m. | Tour of the Prior Performing Arts Center
Prior Performing Arts Center, Depart from inside the main entrance
Tour one of the newest buildings 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 last 30 minutes and depart from just inside the main entrance of the building (located on Upper Campus, just a few feet from Hogan).


5 p.m. | Women's Soccer vs. Navy
Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium 
Cheer on the Crusader Soccer team as they take on the Midshipmen of Naval Academy in a key Patriot League match. Admission is free for all attendees.


6 p.m. | Women's 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. This will be the team’s 2nd Annual Deaf Awareness Match! Admission is free for all attendees.


Women's ice hockey team members huddling on ice rink during game.

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


7 p.m.| Seelos Film Series, "How to Blow Up a Pipeline"
Kimball Hall, Seelos Theater
Wednesdays, Fridays, and Satrudays throughout the academic year, the College plays popular box office movies as part of the Seelos Film Series. Admission is free for all.


Holy Cross Choir

8 p.m. | Holy Cross College Choirs Present "Coming Home" 
Prior Performing Arts Center, Luth Concert Hall
Holy Cross College Choir, Chamber Singers, and friends warmly present a program of musical selections centered around the theme of “Coming Home.” The texts of the music reflect a kaleidoscopic perspective of what it means to return home, whether it is in being welcomed home, the deep longing to return to a beloved place, or finding rest in a spiritual home. Our program features Fern Hill, by John Corigliano, with poetry by Dylan Thomas; an arrangement of spirituals by Rollo Dilworth, Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen from the Brahms’ Requiem, opera choruses, and music from South African arranger Mpumelelo Manyathi. Space is limited, seating will be first come, first served. 


8 - 11 p.m. | The Hogan Takeover: Get in the Game
Hogan Campus Center, Throughout 
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.

 

Saturday, October 21, 2023

8 a.m. | Yoga
Ciampi Hall, Multi-faith Room
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, or bring your own if you prefer.


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. Those who check in will have a chance to enter a drawing for themed prize baskets. Winners will be drawn at noon. 


Students playing cornhole with families surrounding tailgating

9 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. | Football Parking Lots and Tailgating Open
For those who have purchased parking specifically for the football game, lots open and tailgating in the designated lots begins. For ticketing/parking information, please visit: goholycross.com/tickets


9 a.m. | Tour of the Prior Performing Arts Center
Prior Performing Arts Center,Depart from inside main entrance
Tour one of the newest buildings 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 last 30 minutes and depart from just inside the main entrance of the building (located on Upper Campus, just a few feet from Hogan).


9:30 a.m. | Men's/Women's Swimming and Diving Worcester City Invite
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 
Cheer on the Crusader Swimming and Diving team at this event hosted by WPI (short drive from campus). More details to come.


Image of President Rougeau

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.


10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Ciampi Wellbeing Living Learning Community Open House
Ciampi Hall, Common Area, Ground Floor
Come check out the Ciampi Wellbeing Living Learning Community in its inaugural year! The ground floor invites all Holy Cross students to unplug and engage in self care and connection. Students who chose to take a deeper dive into their wellbeing journey throughout the year reside in the top two floors.Meet the campus partners and students who are helping to make the space come alive and grab some wellness supplies for yourself.


10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Kimball Sweet Shoppe 
Hogan Campus Center, Hoval
Dining Services will host a pop-up that will sell various sweet treats from our kitchens, including hot chocolate, hot cider, and homemade jumbo cookies from our bakery. Credit card sales only. 


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Herff Jones Class Ring Sales
Hogan Campus Center, First Floor Lobby Table
A representative from the ring company Herff-Jones will be available for class rings purchases at a discounted price.


11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | 'Sader Spirit
Fitton Football Stadium, Near the scoreboard
Come meet the Holy Cross Cheer Team, Dance Team, and Goodtime Marching Band down at Fitton Field. Families can take photos with our spirit groups, try out  instruments and pick up purple swag as we prepare to cheer on Holy Cross Football!


11  a.m. - noon | Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI) Meet n' Greet
Hogan Campus Center,  Jenks Suites B/C, 4th Floor
We welcome you to meet the staff from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI). Stop in to enjoy warm refreshments and learn more about the work and initiatives to foster a sense of belonging on campus. 


11  a.m. - 3 p.m. | Taste of Central Mass Food Truck: Food Combi
Half circle between Hogan Campus Center and The Jo
Enjoy tacos, burritos, and quesadillas from this local food truck! Gluten free options available. Cash or credit card sales accepted.


11:30  a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Highlights Tour at the Worcester Art Museum
Buses depart from the Prior Performing Arts Center at 11:15 a.m.
Come see works of art from around the world and spanning 5,000 years of human history at the Worcester Art Museum! Expert docents will guide you through the galleries and spaces of the Museum and introduce you to WAM's outstanding collection. Special note should be made of WAM's Medieval French Chapter House, Antioch Mosaics, and the Higgins Armory Collection of Arms and Armor. A can't-miss introduction to one of the finest cultural organizations in our beloved city! Pre-registration required. This event is now full. 


11:45 a.m. | Tour of the Prior Performing Arts Center
Prior Performing Arts Center,Depart from inside main entrance
Tour one of the newest buildings 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 last 30 minutes and depart from just inside the main entrance of the building (located on Upper Campus, just a few feet from Hogan).


Young boy playing inflatable basketball

Noon - 4 p.m. | Fall Fest
Hogan Campus Center, Hoval; Rain location: Hogan Ballroom and Crossroads 
Bring your friends and family to the Hoval for a day filled with your favorite fall activities and treats, including fried dough, 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 - 5 p.m. | Always Be Around: Corita Kent, Community and Pedagogy Exhibit 
Prior Performing Arts Center, Cantor Art Gallery, Third Floor
Corita Kent (1918-1986) also known as Sister Mary Corita, was a pop artist, educator and social justice advocate. The exhibition, Always Be Around: Corita Kent, Community and Pedagogy, demonstrates the importance and timeliness of Corita Kent’s art and teaching practice to this generation of artists. Featuring Kent’s work and the work of contemporary artists Mary Banas and Breanne Trammell, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Roz Crews, Jen Delos Reyes, Christine Sun Kim, Jorge Lucero, Mary Lum, Maria del Carmen Montoya, Aaron Rose and Lee Walton, the exhibition presents a range of artistic approaches to teaching, close looking, social justice and collaboration. Curated by Rachelle Beaudoin, Professor of Practice, College of the Holy Cross.


Side image of a football player in purple helmet on the field

1 p.m. | Football vs. Lafayette
Fitton Football Field
Crusader Athletics invites all families and friends to attend this key Patriot League game against rival Lafayette Leopards. Patrons can purchase from and enjoy one of many food trucks provided by Woo Trucks before and during the game.  Gates open at 11:30 a.m.     


 

Volleyball player getting ready to serve the ball

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


View inside of the chapel as people participate in Mass

4:30 p.m. | Family Weekend Mass
St. Joseph Memorial Chapel
Join us for worship in our  beautiful Chapel which has served Holy Cross for nearly a century. Fr. James Hayes, S.J. '72, Associate Chaplain for Jesuit Mission, will preside and preach at the Vigil Mass. Student ministers, cantor, and the Organ Scholar will lead the liturgy and music.


5 p.m. | Men's Club Rugby vs. Providence College
Luth Athletic Complex, Kuzniewski Field 
Come watch the action and support Men's Club Rugby as they prepare for their playoff push. Admission is free for all attendees.


Student serving food to a guest at the Black Student Union Fish Fry

6 p.m. | Black Student Union (BSU) Family Fish Fry
Loyola Ballroom
Join the Black Student Union for an evening of games, music, and food. Students should register themselves and their family on myHC. 


7 p.m. | Dance Ensemble Show
Prior Performing Arts Center, Luth Concert Hall, First Floor 
Holy Cross Dance Ensemble will be performing student-choreographed dance routines in various styles: tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, musical theater, Irish step dance, and ballet. All are welcome to watch this student performance! Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


7 p.m.| Seelos Film Series, "How to Blow Up a Pipeline"
Kimball Hall, Seelos Theater
Wednesdays, Fridays, and Satrudays throughout the academic year, the College plays popular box office movies as part of the Seelos Film Series. Admission is free for all.


Three people sitting around firepit and night

8:30 - 10:30 p.m. | Fire Pits and S'mores 
Hogan Campus Center, 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!

Sunday, October 22, 2023

9 a.m. | Mindfulness Class
Joanne Chouinard-Luth Recreation and Wellness Center, Multipurpose Room 
Reduce your stress and focus your mind through breathing exercises, guided imagery, body scan, gentle stretching, and more. No experience necessary.


 

Holy Cross Mass

11:30 a.m. | Family Weekend Mass
St. Joseph Memorial Chapel
Fr. James Hayes, S.J. '72, Associate Chaplain for Jesuit Mission, will preside and preach. Student ministers, the Chapel Choir, and the Organ Scholar will lead the liturgy and music.


12:45 p.m. | 100th Anniversary Tour of the Chapel
St. Joseph Memorial Chapel 
You are warmly welcome to tour our historic St. Joseph Memorial Chapel with Laurence Rosania, Director of Liturgy and Music. In advance of the Chapel's 100th anniversary next year, we will explore some of its fascinating legacy of spirituality, artistry, and Holy Cross history.


1 - 6 p.m. | Intramural Flag Football
Luth Athletic Complex, Purple Field 
Cheer on students during their playoffs and championship games! Admission is free for all attendees.


Alpha Sigma Nu pin with a copy of the event program

2 p.m. | Alpha Sigma Nu Induction Ceremony
Smith Hall, Rehm Library
Alpha Sigma Nu is the National Jesuit Honor Society, which will be inducting and celebrating its newest members. Reception immediately following in Hogan Jenks Suite A, Fourth Floor.


3 - 5 p.m. | Women's Club Ice Hockey vs. Assumption
Luth Athletic Complex, Hart Center Rink
Cheer on Women's Club Hockey as they take the ice vs. Assumption College. Admission is free for all attendees. 


6 - 8:15 p.m. | Men's Club Ice Hockey vs. Merrimack
Luth Athletic Complex, Hart Center Rink
Support the Men's Club Hockey as they take the ice vs. Merrimack. Admission is free for all attendees. 


8 - 11 p.m. | Intramural Soccer
Luth Athletic Complex, Kuzniewski Field
For those still around, come cheer on students during their playoffs and championship games! Admission is free for all attendees. 


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.


 
Explore Worcester And Central Mass - www.discovercentralma.org
 
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