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Family & Friends Weekend

October 29—31, 2021

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We hope we can welcome you to campus October 29-31 for Family & Friends Weekend. Be sure to check back, we'll post the schedule and event details as soon as possible.
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Get in Touch

If you have questions, feel free to contact Alumni and Parent Relations at hc-parents [at]

Places to Stay

Fairfield Inn & Suites

  • Type: Bed and Breakfast
  • Address: 100 Lawrence Rd, Broomall, PA 19008
  • Phone: (610) 355-2335
  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Website

The Radnor Hotel

  • Type: Hotel
  • Address: 591 East Lancaster Avenue, St. Davids, PA 19087
  • Phone: (610) 688-5800 or (800) 537-3000
  • Distance: 4 miles
  • Website

The Wayne Hotel

  • Type: Hotel
  • Address: 139 East Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087
  • Phone: (610) 687-5000 or (800) 962-5850
  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Website

Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue

  • Type: Hotel
  • Address: 4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 1913
  • Phone: (215) 879-4000 ext. 2016
  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Website

Courtyard by Marriott

  • Type: Hotel
  • Address: 4100 Presidential Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19131
  • Phone: 1 866-877-1206
  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Website

Philadelphia Marriott West

  • Type: Hotel
  • Address: 111 Crawford Avenue, West Conshohocken, PA 19428
  • Phone: (610) 941-5600
    (800) 237-3639
  • Distance: 5.5 miles
  • Website

Residence Inn Philadelphia Conshohocken

  • Type: Hotel
  • Address: 191 Washington Street, Conshohocken, PA 19428
  • Phone: (610) 828-8800 or (800) 331-3131
  • Distance: 5.5 miles
  • Website

Wayne Bed and Breakfast Inn

  • Type: Bed and Breakfast
  • Address: 211 Strafford Ave., Wayne, PA 19087
  • Phone: (267) 221-2429
  • Distance: 6 miles
  • Website

Best Western Plus The Inn at King of Prussia

  • Type: Hotel
  • Address: 127 S Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406
  • Phone: (610) 265-4500
  • Distance: 8 miles
  • Website

Barnes & Noble Haverford Bookstore

Come and virtually visit the Haverford College Bookstore. You can find all you need to stay warm and cuddly while enjoying virtual F&FW. Sale on Outerwear and cold weather gear, Oct.19-23, 25% off.

Saturday and Sunday Oct. 24-25. Families can use the code FAMILY20 to take advantage of a 20% off one single Haverford branded item discount from the bookstore. What a great time to stock up on your Haverswag.

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Offer valid online only, while supplies last. Offer not valid on textbooks, course materials, technology, Championship merchandise, diploma frames, regalia, and gift cards. Other exclusions may apply. Offer subject to change or end without notice. Offer cannot be combined with any other promotions or offers. See bookseller for details.


Thursday, October 22

Virtual Arboretum Tour

The campus may be closed to visitors, but we are inviting all friends and family of the College to take a virtual tour of our Arboretum. In this session, we will go through pictures of each of our gardens and learn about the history of the Arboretum. There will also be time for questions throughout. Registration is required for this event in order to receive the zoom link.

Haverford Connect 101: User Tips for Families

Available through January 15, 2021

Join Lisa (Bogdanski) Bildiren, from the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, as she gives new family users a guide to the College's new career mentoring platform, Haverford Connect. Families can learn how they can best support the student community, as well as get a 'peek behind the curtain' in understanding how their students are able to use and leverage the platform as they explore their career interests and goals.

A Quaker Astronomer Reflects

Available through January 15, 2021

Friend in Residence Jocelyn Bell Burnell, discoverer of the first radio pulsars known to modern science, and the recipient of the 2018 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, reflects on five and a half decades in the field and a lifetime seeking to be faithful.

Come Learn Improv With The Lighted Fools!!

Even with Covid-19 restrictions in place on Haverford’s campus, the student improv group, Lighted Fools are still having tons of physically distanced fun. Come join us for an evening full of virtual improv games and laughter. All are welcome. No prior experience needed.

Culture as the Root of Brand Promise: Leveraging Your Organization’s Culture to Achieve Optimal Organizational Performance

Available through January 15, 2021

Over the last two decades, Susan Salgado P’23 has learned a key lesson about customer experience that applies in every industry: Treat your employees well, and they will do the same for your customers. It is nearly impossible for team members to generate caring, thoughtful, patient, attentive customer service unless they, themselves, feel valued and appreciated by their Leaders. In this talk, Susan will sit down with Trachanda Garcia to talk about how leaders can create effective organizational cultures that bring out the best in employees to achieve outstanding results – whether the results you seek to achieve are remarkable customer or patient experiences, innovation, quality, profitability, or excellence. Drawing on her consulting, academic, and executive experience over the last 20+ years, she will share anecdotes and examples that reveal best practices for building and sustaining effective organizational culture that apply in any industry. We will also touch on the current Covid environment, and hear examples of how companies are learning from their circumstances and thinking about how to hardwire change into their cultures to be even more effective in the future.

Friday, October 23

Learning Live with Haverford Faculty: Woody Guthrie: An Intimate Life

Available through January 15, 2021

Join Professor of English, Gus Stadler in conversation with Amira Abujbara '17 about writing, student research, and his new book Woody Guthrie: An Intimate Life.

Woody Guthrie is often mythologized as the classic American "ramblin' man," a real-life Steinbeckian folk hero who fought for working-class interests and inspired Bob Dylan. Biographers and fans frame him as a foe of fascism and focus on his politically charged folk songs. Part biography, part cultural history of the Left, Woody Guthrie offers a stunning revelation about America's quintessential folk legend, who serves as a guiding light for leftist movements today.

Understanding the Job/Internship Search Process

Available through January 15, 2021

Join Amy Feifer, dean of Career and Professional Advising, as she shares tips for families who are new to the career exploration process for Haverford students. In this segment, families will gain insight into the resources available in the Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA), learn about career goals their student should be considering each year they are at Haverford, and come away with an understanding of the best ways families can support and encourage their student as they realize and uncover their career goals and passions.

Haverfarm Virtual Workshop

Join Haverfarm fellow, Tilly, for a virtual salve workshop! Make this herbal luxury from the comfort of your kitchen. This workshop will be held via Zoom, and all supplies will be delivered directly to your door. Choose one of two infused oils: a muscle and joint relief oil, or a skin reviving oil. Together, we will explore the health benefits of five different herbs.

The box of supplies includes beeswax, infused oil, two salve tins, and customizable labels. The infused oil is made with organic, air dried herbs, grown at the Haverfarm. The beeswax and tins are sustainably sourced. Other necessary material include a microwave safe container or double boiler, measuring spoons, and optional essential oil for smell.

Haverford Libraries in the Digital World: A Virtual "Gather"ing

Please join us for a virtual open house event at 2:30pm on Friday, October 23rd! Speak with librarians and student colleagues about their work, interesting projects, and other exciting topics in a new virtual platform called "Gather." The only technical requirements are a personal computer and a web browser. A webcam and a microphone will allow you to speak with attendees, but they are not required to participate. You will receive detailed instructions for joining the event during the week of the 23rd.

Nerd House Jackbox Party Pack Games

Join the student club, Nerd House, for an evening of fun games. All you need to play is a phone, computer, or tablet and an internet connection! The games range from making quippy remarks and voting on the best to trying to fool everyone with your clever fibs. The students will be hosting online games from the Jackbox Party Pack.

Music Department Construction Project


Today’s video features an inside look at an exciting building project on campus. Watch this tour of the Department of Music construction project, guided by Director of Facilities Management Don Campbell. You can also see realtime construction via the Truelook Construction camera. Learn more about the Music Building Renovation Project!

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Saturday, October 24

Design, Animate, Innovate: A Virtual VCAM Summer

Join VCAM Director Laura McGrane and a panel of students, faculty and staff working across VCAM’s Summer Doculab, Design + Making Collaborative, and Innovation Incubator to learn about creative campus initiatives during the COVID pandemic. Hear about the “virtual pivot” this summer and get a preview of upcoming VCAM programs for the coming year. Contact: lmcgrane [at] Download the Event Handout (PDF) for more information!

Live with President Wendy Raymond:
A Q&A for Families

Available through January 15, 2021

As the weekend's highlight, join President Wendy Raymond for a webinar discussing updates from campus. There will be an opportunity for live Q&A at the end of the event. The event will be capped at 450 participants. After the event we will ensure a recording of the event is made available for those unable to attend.

Alumni Affinities 101

Available through January 15, 2021

Did you know that Haverford supports a collection of alumni affinities, and that many of them work with your students? View our video to learn more about how your students can network and learn more from alumni by interacting with these groups.

Sunday, October 25

Inside the Arboretum


Join the Arboretum staff for some insightful tours around various campus garden highlights. You can explore the Treaty Elm, Green Roofs, Rain Gardens, HaverFarm, and more...

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Athletics Update


Just because our Athletics teams aren’t competing against other colleges doesn’t mean that our student-athletes are taking this semester off. Learn more about the role of Haverford’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and their work promoting excellence in academics and athletics, sportsmanship, citizenship, and volunteerism. We also encourage you to check out this video highlighting the ways that our teams are staying sharp physically and building bonds socially.

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Dining Services Safety, Quality, and Accommodations


Enjoy this video of General Manager of Dining Services Tom Mitchell as he shares information about meals on campus during this unprecedented time.

Finally, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try out some of the Dining Center’s most popular recipes yourself?

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A Small Concert by the Haverford ‘Ford S-Chords


The Haverford S-Chords are a student-led all-gender, low-voiced Haverford a cappella group. They have recorded a mini concert for our beloved families & friends to listen to, in lieu of being able to perform for you in person. Hope you enjoy!

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From the Centers

Don't miss these other online events!

Speaking, Writing, and Resisting: Celebrating Zapotec Language Activism

October, 28, 2020

Registration was required by Thursday, October 22

Register and join us to learn from Zapotec language activists and educators about their work to reclaim knowledge and resist anti-indigenous ideologies in Mexico and the diaspora. Learn how dictionaries relate to weaving, hear Zapotec poetry, and listen to Zapotec language in context through a tour of San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya, Oaxaca. Sign up to join in with a short Zapotec language lesson before or after this event.

Non-native partners, including linguist Dr. Brook Danielle Lillehaugen, will join the conversation around this international collaboration that seeks to center and celebrate Zapotec knowledge and expertise through research, education, and the creation of publicly available resources, such as Zapotec Talking Dictionaries and Ticha. Learn more about the event!

KINSC Summer Research Symposium

Every year, Haverford’s Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center (KINSC) hosts a fall research symposium showcasing the summer work of students from Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, and other area colleges. The 2020 KINSC Undergraduate Student Research Symposium will be held virtually.

Learn More

Catch up with Haverford


  • The outside of the tudor-style house where the Latinx Center is located

    The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Alliance of Latin American Students (ALAS) is pleased to present Latinx Heritage Month (also referred to as National Hispanic Heritage Month or Latine Heritage Month), from September 15 through October 15.

  • Haverford’s “free store” supports both student needs and the College’s commitment to sustainability.

  • The largest class ever of new Fords was inducted into the campus community over a five-day Customs program.



Schedule subject to change.

Friday, November 1

8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
VCAM First Floor
Check in for any schedule or location changes.

8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Attend Class with Your Student
Students should obtain permission from professors in advance.

11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Dining Center
$11.50 per person, payable at the door. No charge for students on the meal plan.

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Dining Center, Sunken Lounge
CCPA Internship Fair
Learn about College funding sources that support summer internships. Connect with students who received College funding and hear about their experiences. We encourage parents to attend with their student.

2:00–3:30 p.m.
Integrated Natural Sciences Center (KINSC), Sharpless Hall Auditorium
Academic Centers Panel
Hear from the directors of the three academic centers as they present and discuss the centers’ missions, research, and internship opportunities for students. A question and answer period will follow.

  • Eric Hartman, executive director, Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC)
  • Kenneth Koltun-Fromm, MacCrate Professor of Social Responsibility and Professor of Religion; Director of the John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities (HCAH)
  • Marielle Latrick, Associate Director of the Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center (KINSC)

3:30–4:00 p.m.
Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center (KINSC), Zubrow Rotunda
Haverford Speaks
Members of the Haverford community—from students and alumni to faculty, staff, and beyond—live out the College's values of "trust, concern, and respect" in many different ways every day. Learn about the exemplary research, projects, and passions of a few of them in these five-minute TED-style talks, in which they'll share stories of how their conscience guides their conduct.

4:00–5:00 p.m.
Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center (KINSC), Zubrow Commons
Reception With President Wendy Raymond
Meet, mingle, and enjoy wine and cheese.

5:00–7:30 p.m.
Dining Center
$14.00 per person, payable at the door. No charge for students on the meal plan.

5:00–8:30 p.m.
Meet at Founders Front Porch
Ford Explorers Trip to Center City
Travel with members of the Ford Explorers on an exciting trip into the heart of Center City Philadelphia. You will learn about the rich culture of the city and discover secrets that only the locals know about. Registration is required and spots are limited to 15 participants.

5:45–8:15 p.m.
Meet in the South Parking Lot
HavOC Trip to Gravity Vault
Join Haverford's Outdoors Club on an exciting trip to indoor rock climb in Radnor! This trip is free of charge and open to climbers of all experience levels. Staff will teach participants the basics of top-rope climbing and climbing safety. Registration is required and spots are limited to 20 participants.

7:00–8:15 p.m.
Sharpless Auditorium
The Land Remembers: Connecting with Native Peoples Through the Land
Hosted by the Quaker Affairs Office, listen to a talk by Paula Palmer, Fall 2019 Friend in Residence. In this talk, a Quaker takes a personal look at genocide, colonization, and the possibility of “right relationship.”

8:30–10:30 p.m.
Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium
Student Ensembles Concert
This annual performance features Chamber Music and favorite student a cappella groups.

Saturday, November 2

7:30–10:00 a.m.
Dining Center
Continental Breakfast
$8.95 per person, payable at the door. No charge for students on the meal plan.

8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
VCAM First Floor

8:15–9:00 a.m.
Meet at the VCAM Patio
Arboretum Tour
Join the Arboretum staff on a walking tour of the oldest college arboretum in the country.

9:30–10:30 a.m.
Stokes Hall Auditorium
Student Resource Panel
Hear from representatives of the Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA), First-Year Dean, Office of Academic Resources (OAR), Women*s Center, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) about the array of services available to students.

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Dining Center, Sunken Lounge
Haverford and Beyond Alumni and Parent Connections Fair
Stop by to meet with affinity groups such as the Fords in Finance, Rainbow Quorum, Multicultural Alumni Action Group, Young Alumni Affinity Group, HC Lawyers Network and Media, Entertainment and Sports. Learn how our affinity groups support current students in their career and personal goals, and explore how you can become involved. This event is ideal for families and students to attend together.

11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Dining Center
Campus Picnic
Come join the campus community for a Fall Feast in the Dining Center! $11.50 per person, payable at the door. No charge for students on the meal plan.

11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Dining Center Green
Be Seen at DC Green
A “fun for the whole family” Oktoberfest where you can learn about student groups and organizations, while having a blast participating in fun activities.

12:00–5:00 p.m.
Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery/Lutnick Library
Kameelah Janan Rasheed: Scoring the Stacks (Experiment II)
Using a set of scores or performance instructions that riff on the traditions of musical notation, conceptual art, constrained writing techniques, and recreational mathematics, Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s Scoring the Stacks (Experiment II) encourages participants to explore Haverford’s newly renovated library, the arboretum, and other forms of institutional spaces and collections in unconventional ways. Seeking opportunities to map generative relationships between wide-ranging ideas, words, objects, and experiences, this participatory intervention suggests the precarity of fixed knowledge and considers the process of learning to be a leaky endeavor. More information »

1:00–2:00 p.m.
Meet at VCAM Patio
Campus Uncovered Walking Architectural Tour
Members of the Bi-College Architecture Club will take you on a walking tour of Haverford’s historic campus. The tour will highlight the College’s architecturally significant structures and the stories they tell, from its centuries-old Quaker heritage to its innovative present.

1:00–4:00 p.m.
Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center (KINSC), Zubrow Commons
Study Abroad Fair
Meet representatives of partner institutions abroad. We encourage parents to attend with their student.

1:00–2:00 p.m.
Haverfarm Greenhouse
Haverfarm Tincture Workshop
Make your own tincture, and explore herbal medicine at the Haverfarm! Registration is required and spots are limited to 10 participants. $5.00 per person.

3:00–4:00 p.m.
Haverfarm Greenhouse
Lip Balm Workshop
Learn how to make all-natural beeswax lip balm from herbs grown at the Haverfarm! Registration is required and spots are limited to 15 participants. $5.00 per person.

2:00–4:30 p.m.
Lutnick Library
Library Interactive Experience
Visit the newly renovated library to learn about the services offered, take a self-guided tour of the new space, meet alumni authors from 2:00-3:00 p.m., stop by the screening room to see a film and enjoy snacks, explore at the open house in Quaker & Special Collection of new rare acquisitions, and visit the conservation lab to learn about pulling prints from 3:00- 4:00 p.m.

5:00–6:00 p.m.
VCAM 106 Presentation Lounge
Lives Derailed: Stories of Returning Mexican Migrants
Students Claudia Ojeda-Rexach ’21 and Tim Riskin ’20, together with Professors Anita Isaacs and Anne Preston, will speak about their field work with Mexican migrants in Mexico City, many of whom are the inspiration for the portrait exhibit on view at the VCAM, and their aspirations for the overarching project, Migration Encounters.

5:00–7:30 p.m.
Dining Center
$14.00 per person, payable at the door. No charge for students on the meal plan.

Sunday, November 3

10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Dining Center
$11.50 per person, payable at the door. No charge for students on the meal plan.

10:30–11:30 a.m.
Haverford Friends Meeting House
Quaker Meeting for Worship
855 Buck Lane, Haverford
(walking distance from campus)

Visit your Ford, meet members of the College community, and engage in the unique Haverford experience.

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Exterior of the new Lutnick Library

Lutnick Library

General Collections
8:00 a.m.–2:00 a.m.
(One-Card required after 11:00 p.m.)

Library Cafe
8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Quaker & Special Collections
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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Whitehead Campus Center Exterior

Whitehead Campus Center

Bookstore Hours
Friday: 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Coop Café Hours
Friday: Full Service8:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. || Grab & Go2:30–7:00 p.m.
Saturday: Grab & Go11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Sunday: Grab & Go2:00–7:00 p.m.

Coop @ Night
Sunday–Thursday: Full Service 7:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.

Grab & Go | Full Service

Students harvesting vegetables at the Haverfarm

Haverford College Farm

Located on the southwest corner of campus. Follow the gravel road behind the Maintenance and Facilities building.

$5.00 per person. Advanced registration required.

Tincture Workshop
Saturday: 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Lip Balm Workshop
Saturday: 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Cheering Fans

Home Games for Athletics

Friday, November 1

  • 5:30 p.m. — Women's squash

Saturday, November 2

  • 12:00 p.m. — Women's soccer
  • 12:30 p.m. — Volleyball
  • 1:00 p.m. — Field hockey
  • 2:30 p.m. — Men's soccer
Founders surrounded by beautiful fallen leaves


If you have any questions, please contact Parent Programs: (610) 896-1004 | hc-parents [at]