Schedule of Events Parents and Family Weekend: October 1-3, 2021

Registration is now closed for Parents and Family Weekend 2021.

If you have not previously registered, please stop by the registration table in Elrod Commons when you arrive on campus where we can register you in person.

Dates beyond 2021 have not yet been finalized but will be posted on this page as soon as they are set.

Please join us for Washington and Lee's 67th annual Parents and Family Weekend celebration on October 1-3, 2021, when we honor the parents and families of our students. The weekend will combine informational and recreational activities, giving parents the opportunity to meet with members of the faculty, review campus life, and participate in social events.

Attire for the weekend is informal.

The Parents and Family Weekend Schedule of Events is subject to change. Please check back often for updates and upon arriving to Lexington, please check in at the registration table in the Elrod Commons Living Room to receive your nametag and any special notices.

Updated 9/16/2021
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Thurs. Sept. 30 7 - 8:30 p.m. Contact Presents: Stephen Murphy and Javier Peña, former DEA special agents Location: Keller Theatre, Lenfest Center

The former DEA Special Agents in Charge responsible for the capture and downfall of infamous Medellín cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar, Steve and Javier were at the center of the largest, most complex, multi-national, high-profile investigation of its time. Their incredible journey pursuing the world's first "narco-terrorist" following his brutal reign as head of the Medellin cartel in the 1980's and early 1990's is depicted in the Golden Globe-nominated Netflix series "Narcos."
Please join us as these celebrated law enforcement officers take audiences deep into the history books as they reveal inside stories from a good versus evil battle that seems too wild to be true. Along the way they share the lessons they learned on effective leadership, teamwork, and split-second decision making amid extreme circumstance.

The event will take place in Keller Theatre at the Lenfest Center for the Arts. Tickets are free and information on how to reserve yours will be released in the coming weeks.

Fri. Oct. 1 Financial Aid virtual appointments Financial Aid Officers will be available for 30 minute virtual appointments prior to Parents and Family Weekend. You may schedule your virtual appointment on September 28, 29, or 30 during one of the scheduled times. Please contact us in advance if you plan to drop by the Office of Financial Aid on Friday, October 1, 2021 to say hello. If you have questions, please contact Martha Rowsey at 540-458-8717 or email her at merowsey@wlu.edu.
Fri. Oct. 1 8 a.m. Classes Begin Parents are welcome to join students in the classroom
Fri. Oct. 1 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration Elrod Commons, Living Room Pick up your registration packet and name tags. Your student may pick up your packet for you.
Fri. Oct. 1 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Genuine or Not? Handling Session of Fakes and Copies at the Reeves Museum of Ceramics Reeves Museum of Ceramics Did you know that Washington and Lee University is home to one of the largest collections of historic ceramics in the country? While most of our pieces are genuine, there some that not what they seem. Join museum staff on Friday and Saturday for a closer look at ceramics and see how to distinguish between pieces that are real, those that are honest copies, and those that are dishonest fakes.
Fri. Oct. 1 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Museums at W&L Welcome You! Reeves Museum of Ceramics, Watson Galleries and the University Chapel and Galleries The Reeves Museum of Ceramics, Watson Galleries, and the University Chapel and Galleries will be open Friday and Saturday for visitors to view the ceramics, art and history collections. Our Fall exhibitions include: Capturing Color: Paintings by Louise Herreshoff Eaton (Reeves Museum of Ceramics) Auspicious Animals: Chinese Export Porcelain Figures (Watson Galleries) Learn more about our upcoming events when you stop by our information booth located outside of the Reeves Museum of Ceramics. The Reeves Museum of Ceramics, Watson Galleries and the University Chapel and Galleries are all located on front campus.
Fri. Oct. 1 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Children of Alumni Luncheon (by invitation only) Hotchkiss House Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Engagement
Fri. Oct. 1 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Uncovering Forgotten Chapters in W&L's History Hillel House, Multipurpose Room 101 Join the director of Institutional History for an illustrated talk that reveals forgotten founders, archaeological artifacts, architectural achievements, and time-honored traditions. Bring questions and stories to add to our understanding of this interesting, multi-century history.
Fri. Oct. 1 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Physics and Engineering Open House Science Center, Great Hall
Fri. Oct. 1 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. PHYSICS FEST Science Center, Howe 204 and Howe 208 Come see some cool physics demos! Sponsored by the Physics and Engineering Department
Fri. Oct. 1 12:45 - 1:45 p.m. Global Learning and Study Abroad at Washington and Lee Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater This session will provide an overview of opportunities for global learning and how it may relate to a student's overall W&L education. A student panel will share what they gained through their experiences abroad.
Fri. Oct. 1 1 - 3 p.m. History Department Open House Newcomb Hall, Lawn (outside) The History Department will host a meet-and-greet outside under a tent, beside Newcomb Hall.
Fri. Oct. 1 1 - 3 p.m. Education Studies Department Open House Newcomb Hall, Lawn (outside) The Education Studies Department will host a meet-and-greet outside under a tent, beside Newcomb Hall.
Fri. Oct. 1 1 - 3 p.m. Neuroscience Program Open House Science Center, IQ Center 202A
Fri. Oct. 1 1 - 4 p.m. Special Collections Open House Leyburn Library, Special Collections, Boatwright Room, Lower Level A display of some of the University's most beloved treasures from the Special Collections vault hosted/narrated by Tom Camden '76 and staff.
Fri. Oct. 1 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Journalism and Mass Communications Open House Reid Hall
Fri. Oct. 1 1:30 - 3 p.m. Chemistry and Biochemistry Open House Science Center, Science Addition 3rd floor Lounge Come have a cookie & meet members of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry!!
Fri. Oct. 1 1:30 - 3 p.m. Summer Research Scholars Student Presentations and Poster Session Leyburn Library, Main Floor Sponsored by the Provost's Office
Fri. Oct. 1 1:30 - 3 p.m. Health Professions Open House Science Center, Science Addition 3rd floor Lounge Come meet members of the Health Professions Advisory Committee!
Fri. Oct. 1 1:30 - 3 p.m. Philosophy Department Open House Washington Hall, 3rd floor Philosophy faculty will be available to meet and talk with students and their families.
Fri. Oct. 1 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Sociology and Anthropology Department Open House Newcomb Hall, Lawn (outside) The Sociology and Anthropology Department will host a meet-and-greet outside under a tent, beside Newcomb Hall.
Fri. Oct. 1 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Shepherd Program Open House Mattingly House, Room 201 Get Involved: Learn about our many local, domestic, and international internships as well as our minor in poverty and human capability studies from current students, staff, and faculty at the Shepherd Program's Open House.
Fri. Oct. 1 2 - 2:45 p.m. Fraternity Information Session Hillel House, Multipurpose Room 101 Members of the Interfraternity Council (IFC) will discuss information on fraternity life at Washington & Lee including the recruitment process, eligibility requirements, new member education, housing and financial obligations. There will be a Q&A portion at the end.
Fri. Oct. 1 2 - 2:45 p.m. Sorority Information Session Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater Members of the Panhellenic Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council will discuss information on sorority life at Washington & Lee including the recruitment process, eligibility requirements, new member education, housing and financial obligations. There will be a Q&A portion at the end.
Fri. Oct. 1 2 - 3 p.m. Environmental Studies Program Open House Science Center, Great Hall An open house where you can talk with an Environmental Studies faculty member.
Fri. Oct. 1 2 - 3 p.m. Geology Department Open House Science Center, Great Hall Come find out the relevance of Earth science to issues students are concerned about, including water quality, natural hazards, natural resources, and climate change.
Fri. Oct. 1 2 - 3 p.m. Middle East and South Asian Studies (MESA) Open House Outside of Tucker Hall Rain location: Lobby of Tucker Hall
Fri. Oct. 1 2 - 3 p.m. Religion Department Open House Outside of Tucker Hall Rain location: Lobby of Tucker Hall
Fri. Oct. 1 2 - 3:30 p.m. Cognitive and Behavioral Science Open House Parmly Hall, Computer Lab P225
Fri. Oct. 1 2 - 4:30 p.m. Appointments with Faculty and Administration Individual Offices Contact faculty and administration members directly, in advance, to schedule appointments.
Fri. Oct. 1 2 - 5 p.m. Lifelong Learning - Opportunities for W&L Parents and Families Office of Lifelong Learning, Early Fielding #129 Stop by the Office of Lifelong Learning to discover all the exciting virtual, campus, and travel programs that are available for parents, families, and friends of W&L. Come by to learn about our current offerings and get a sneak peek of what's to come!
Fri. Oct. 1 3 - 4 p.m. Williams School Open House Terrace in front of Huntley Hall (weather permitting) Rain location: Peppers Room, Huntley Hall Stop by the front steps of Huntley Hall to chat with Williams School faculty! Refreshments will be provided.
Fri. Oct. 1 3 - 4 p.m. Reception for Johnson Scholars and their families Kenneth P. Ruscio Center for Global Learning, Atrium Sponsored by the Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity
Fri. Oct. 1 3 - 4 p.m. Sorority Open Houses Frank Parsons Way Parents and families are welcome to visit the Panhellenic sorority houses as they will be open for visitors.
Fri. Oct. 1 3 - 4:30 p.m. English Department Open House Location: TBD Join the English Department for a meet-and-greet with faculty and a student panel discussion on opportunities for English majors. Hear from current and former students about their internship and career paths.
Fri. Oct. 1 4 - 5 p.m. What We Did Last Summer - Presentation of Summer Research Projects in Mathematics Chavis Hall 105 Students who participated in summer research with Math faculty will present the results of their research
Fri. Oct. 1 4 - 5:30 p.m. Parents and Family Weekend Lee House Open House Lee House President Dudley and Carola Tanna look forward to meeting you and your families and invite you to join them for cookies and punch on the Lee House patio.
Fri. Oct. 1 5 - 6 p.m. A Taste of Asia Kenneth P. Ruscio Center for Global Learning, Atrium Please join the faculty of EALL for a "Taste of Asia" reception.
Fri. Oct. 1 6 - 8 p.m. W&L Hillel Parents and Family Shabbat Dinner Hillel House Everyone is welcome to join the W&L Jewish community for a brief Shabbat service followed by dinner at the Hillel House.
Fri. Oct. 1 7 p.m. Women's Soccer Alston Parker Watt Field Washington and Lee vs. University of Lynchburg
Fri. Oct. 1 8 - 11 p.m. Parents and Family Weekend Choral Concert and Reception Wilson Concert Hall, Lykes Atrium

"An evening of choral music presented by the University Singers, The Glee Club and Cantatrici will feature music of Bach, Rheinberger and a new work Galaxias, by the exciting Argentinian composer Santiago Veros - this concert will be a joyous return to public singing with exciting music to match. These concerts will also serve as a showcase for Cantatrici's new conductor, Lacey R. Lynch, who will take the reins of the ensemble. The University Singers will delight with Samo Vovk's incredible Ta Na Solbici, a Slovenian work complete with body percussion. Traditional favorites will round out the evening, finally closing with James Erb's Shenandoah.

Reception to follow in the Lykes Atrium.

Tickets are free, but required and available only to current W&L students and families. Tickets are available Tuesday, September 28. Contact the Box Office at (540) 458-8000 to reserve tickets."

Fri. Oct. 1 9 p.m. - Midnight Friday Underground ARC (Arts, Recreation, and Culture) House, 205 East Washington Street A new W&L tradition. Join us for free food and specialty coffee drinks, great conversations, and live entertainment featuring student artists.
Sat. Oct. 2 9 - 10:30 a.m. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Parents Weekend Breakfast Gaines Rotunda Join InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for a homemade breakfast and time for fellowship. Get to know the members of our community and their families and learn more about our mission to have every student come to know Christ. Everyone is welcome!

Sat. Oct. 2

9 - 11 a.m. Appointments with Faculty and Administration Individual Offices Contact faculty and administration members directly, in advance, for appointments.
Sat. Oct. 2 9 - 11:30 a.m. Outing Club Brushy Hills Hike Brushy Hills Trailhead (directions in OC Guidebook) Enjoy a wonderful easier 3-4 mile hike at our very own Brushy Hills, a local treasure approximately 10 minutes from campus. This hike will be student led at a slow enough pace to keep the group together while getting off campus and enjoying the beauty of our area. This is a light rain or shine event. Heavy downpour cancels. Please bring weather appropriate clothing and sturdy walking shoes. A water bottle and great attitude would also help!
Sat. Oct. 2 9 a.m. - Noon Registration (continues) Elrod Commons, Living Room
Sat. Oct. 2 9 a.m. - Noon Residence Life Upper Division & Theme House Tours Tours begin at the Gaines Hall quad It's never too late to start thinking about housing for next year! Come take a self-guided tour of housing options available to Upper-Classmen, meet our Community Assistants, and learn about what to expect during housing selection. Tours are "choose your own adventure" style, you get to determine the length of your tour and where you go.
Sat. Oct. 2 10 a.m. - Noon Lifelong Learning - Opportunities for W&L Parents and Families Office of Lifelong Learning, Early Fielding #129 Stop by the Office of Lifelong Learning to discover all the exciting virtual, campus, and travel programs that are available for parents, families, and friends of W&L. Come by to learn about our current offerings and get a sneak peek of what's to come!
Sat. Oct. 2 10 a.m. - Noon Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstrations Watson Pavilion, Senshin'an Tea Room Did you know W&L has a traditional Japanese tea room? Observe a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony by the W&L Chanoyu Tea Society students. Enjoy traditional sweets and a bowl of whisked "matcha" tea. Be sure to stop by the Senshin'an Japanese Tea Room in the Watson Pavilion, located next to Tucker Hall at the end of the Colonnade anytime between 10 am and 12 noon. Demonstrations will begin at 10:00, 10:40 and 11:20. We have a special origami ornament to share with you. Sponsored by the W&L Chanoyu Tea Society
Sat. Oct. 2 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Genuine or Not? Handling Session of Fakes and Copies at the Reeves Museum of Ceramics Reeves Museum of Ceramics Did you know that Washington and Lee University is home to one of the largest collections of historic ceramics in the country? While most of our pieces are genuine, there some that not what they seem. Join museum staff on Friday and Saturday for a closer look at ceramics and see how to distinguish between pieces that are real, those that are honest copies, and those that are dishonest fakes.
Sat. Oct. 2 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Brunch in the Marketplace Elrod Commons, Marketplace No tickets necessary; pay at the register
Sat. Oct. 2 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Museums at W&L Welcome You! Reeves Museum of Ceramics, Watson Galleries and the University Chapel and Galleries The Reeves Museum of Ceramics, Watson Galleries, and the University Chapel and Galleries will be open Friday and Saturday for visitors to view the ceramics, art and history collections. Our Fall exhibitions include: Capturing Color: Paintings by Louise Herreshoff Eaton (Reeves Museum of Ceramics) "My Art Speaks for Both My Peoples": Selected Prints by Elizabeth Catlett (Watson Galleries) Auspicious Animals: Chinese Export Porcelain Figures (Watson Galleries) Learn more about our upcoming events when you stop by our information booth located outside of the Reeves Museum of Ceramics. The Reeves Museum of Ceramics, Watson Galleries and the University Chapel and Galleries are all located on front campus.
Sat. Oct. 2 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. President's Address University Chapel President William C. Dudley
Sat. Oct. 2 Noon Women's Volleyball Holekamp Gym Washington and Lee vs. Shenandoah University
Sat. Oct. 2 1 p.m. Men's Soccer Alston Parker Watt Field Washington and Lee vs. University of Lynchburg
Sat. Oct. 2 5 p.m. Women's Volleyball Holekamp Gym Washington and Lee vs. Christopher Newport University
Sat. Oct. 2 8 - 10 p.m. Parents and Family Weekend Instrumental Ensemble Concert Wilson Concert Hall Enjoy the University Jazz Ensemble, University Orchestra and University Wind Ensemble as they perform a combined concert as part of Parents and Family Weekend 2021. No tickets are required.
Sun. Oct. 3 10 a.m. - Noon Hillel Bagel Brunch Hillel House Stop by the Hillel house for a bite to eat before you hit the road. Everyone is welcome! RSVPs are appreciated but not required.
Sun. Oct. 3 3 - 4:30 p.m. LAB Listening Session: Marvin Gaye What's Going On Location: TBD Africana Studies and the Student Association for Black Unity present Looking at Blackness (LAB), an initiative that features film screenings, listening sessions, and visual art viewings. Part of the "1970s and the Aftermath of Protest" series, LAB invites audiences to enjoy the movies, the music, and the art of the era following the Civil Rights Movement. For more information, visit https://my.wlu.edu/africana-studies-program.