Family Weekend

Save the Date for Family Weekend 2021
October 8-10, 2021

A family smiling at the camera outside of Caleruega Dining Hall. They are sitting on a low cement wall wrapped with a blue  banner that reads Welcome to Family Weekend.

Family Weekend 2021

We are delighted to invite you to join us in person on campus for Family Weekend 2021.

Students and families will receive a link to register in early September. An RSVP is required for each member of your party, and guests will be asked to check-in upon arrival on campus. Masks will be required regardless of vaccination status at all indoor venues. 

***Please note that activities on Friday of Family Weekend have been updated as of 9/20/21.***

Friday, October 8

WELCOME AND CHECK IN
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Conlan Center
Staff volunteers will welcome you as you check in to receive your family weekend welcome gift and Penguin Athletics Passport. 

CONVOCATION PROCESSION AND PRESIDENT'S RECEPTION
4 – 6 p.m. | Conlan Center to Meadowlands Lawn 

To meaningfully engage our Dominican families in a safe, celebratory event, we have changed the format of our traditional ceremony. Convocation 2021 will take place entirely outdoors, as a procession through the campus. 

Students and their loved ones will march together, from Conlan Recreation Center, down Acacia Avenue, to the Meadowlands Lawn. Following the procession, President Pitchford will deliver brief remarks, recognizing sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have been named to the Dean’s List in consecutive semesters, and welcoming our first-year Trustee Scholars. Young alum Cameron Parker ’08 and MBA ’10 will deliver a keynote address, and the recipient of this year’s Joseph R. Fink Faculty Achievement Award will be announced. 

The President’s Reception will follow on Meadowlands Lawn. Meet students, families, faculty, and staff, and enjoy light refreshments. Penguin Radio, our student-led station, will welcome guests and interview students and families. 

This event will take place completely outdoors, rain or shine. As such, we will no longer be offering a live video stream. 

As we will be outside, masks are not required; however, everyone is encouraged to socially distance. All guests visiting indoor venues, including restrooms, must be fully vaccinated and masked.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL vs HOLY NAMES
7 p.m.  | Conlan Recreation Center
Cheer on the Women’s Volleyball team as they compete against Holy Names University. Your Family Weekend Athletics Passport will be required for entry. Go Penguins!

Saturday, October 9

WELCOME AND CHECK IN 
9 – 9:30 a.m. | Angelico Hall
Meet the Alumni Board of Directors and check in to receive your family weekend welcome gift and Penguin Athletics Passport. 

SESSION 1: WELCOME (BACK) HOME
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  |  Meadowlands Lawn Outdoor Classroom
The last year and a half has been enormously stressful, but we take strength from this community. Here are our stories. Here’s what Dominican has done for its family and how it is committed to seeing every student, faculty member, and staff member thrive. 

SESSION 2: STUDENT LIFE SCAVENGER HUNT
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.  |  Meet at Meadowlands Lawn Outdoor Classroom
Join The Amazing Race, Dominican style! Break codes, solve riddles, and complete challenges to unlock the secrets of our campus. At every stop you will learn about how Dominican supports students' well-being. Bring your sharp mind and sturdy shoes.   

OUTDOOR PICNIC LUNCH 
noon - 2 p.m.  |  Caleruega Dining Hall; Various Locations on Campus
Grab your picnic basket and choose a comfortable spot on campus! Wave down President Pitchford as she drives by on the cookie cart! All students and Family Weekend guests are welcome. The cost is $50 per picnic cooler that will feed 4 people.

Sunday, October 10 

WOMEN’S SOCCER vs HAWAII HILO
noon  |  Kennelly Field 
Cheer on Women’s Soccer as they compete against University of Hawaii, Hilo. Your Family Weekend Athletics Passport will be required for entry. Go Penguins!

MEN’S SOCCER vs HAWAII HILO
3:30 p.m.  |  Kennelly Field 
Cheer on Men’s Soccer as they compete against University of Hawaii, Hilo. Your Family Weekend Athletics Passport will be required for entry. Go Penguins!

Family Weekend Contact Information