Family Weekend 2016 Schedule

Below is the continually evolving schedule for 2016, events will be added as they are confirmed. The final schedule will be posted in August.

For more information, email the Family Weekend Coordinator.

Friday, October 14

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The Willamette Store Open, Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art Open, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State Street

There will be two exhibitions to enjoy at the Hallie Ford Museum, with complimentary admission. For more information click here.

12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Family Weekend Check-In, Putnam University Center, 2nd Floor

Pick up a complete schedule of events, campus information and pre-purchased tickets. Tickets and shirts will be available for purchase at check-in.

5:00 - 7:00 pm
Parent Leadership Council Mixer, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Lobby
Meet and mingle with other visiting parents while enjoying appetizers and drinks provided by the Parent Leadership Council (PLC). This parent-only event gives you a chance to meet several PLC members in a relaxed setting as you kick-off your Family Weekend plans.
7:30 p.m.
Theatre Production: “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead", M. Lee Pelton Theatre

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead is a fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm's-eve view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare's play. In Tom Stoppards best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end. 

  • Tickets are required; this event is sold out.
7:30 p.m.
Jazz Night , Smith Auditorium

Come and enjoy Willamette University’s own Vocal Jazz group, the Willamette Singers, under the direction of Dr. Wallace Long Jr., accompanied by the Willamette Jazz Collective under the direction of Professor James Miley, as well as some of the Willamette Jazz Program’s small groups. 

  • No tickets required for this concert

Saturday, October 15

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Gourmet Brunch by Bon Appetit, Goudy Commons

Enjoy a delicious brunch served in Goudy Commons. There will be a variety of breakfast and lunch options available. Tickets are required for everyone attending, including any Willamette student without a board meal plan. Tickets required.

Purchase tickets

9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Mini-University Sessions (TBA)

Get a taste of the academic life at Willamette by attending your choice of sessions presented by professors from a variety of departments. Mini-university sessions are 50 minute long classes modeled after the classes students attend daily at Willamette. The wide variety of mini-university classes give you a hands-on experience of what it’s like to be a Willamette student, and to see what current and exciting subjects and inquiries Willamette students are immersed in. For more information, visit the Mini-University Sessions Page.

  • No tickets required for Mini-University Sessions
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Coffee in the Lobby, Putnam University Center, 2nd Floor

Come enjoy your morning cup of coffee and some scrumptious breakfast treats at check-in! Coffee will be available starting at 9:00 a.m.

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Family Weekend Check-In Continues, Putnam University Center, 2nd Floor

Pick up a complete schedule of events, campus information and pre-purchased tickets. Tickets and shirts will be available for purchase at check-in.

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Jostens Class Rings, Putnam University Center, 1st Floor

Description coming soon.

10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Willamette Store is Open, Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art Open, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State Street

See Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., for description.

12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Hallie Ford Family Activity Day , Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State Street

TBA

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Silver Falls State Park Hike

Hikers will embark on a guided hike of the Lower South Falls area. There are two options for participants, a 2.8 mile hike or a 0.7 mile hike. Both options offer great views and photo opportunities.

  • Tickets are required; this event is sold out. Information about self-guided hikes will be available at Family Weekend check in.
2 p.m.
Theatre Production: “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead", M. Lee Pelton Theatre

See Friday, 7:30 p.m., for description.

  • Tickets are required; this event is sold out.
7 p.m.
Family Weekend Concert, Smith Auditorium (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Enjoy outstanding musical performances by Willamette students. The concert will feature the Wind Ensemble, University Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Voce Femminile (Women’s Choir), and Male Ensemble Willamette.

  • No tickets required for this concert
7:30 p.m.
Theatre Production: “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead” , M. Lee Pelton Theatre

See Friday, 7:30 p.m., for description.

  • Tickets are required; this event is sold out.
9:30 p.m.
Featured Entertainment: Professional Comedian Jessi Campbell, Smith Auditorium (Tickets are available for purchase at check-in and at the door 30 minutes before the show, no reserved seats)

"Comedian Jessi Campbell has recently been named 2015  Female Performer of the Year by Campus Activities magazine, an awards se was nominated for in 2013. She has performed her unique brand of story telling at over 200 colleges, and over 100 comedy clubs, military bases, and bars where they begrudgingly turned off the TV. Jessi's debut comedy CD "Winner Winner" has been featured on iTunes and can be heard on Sirius/XM Radio, Pandora Radio, and terrestrial radio stations across country. Jessi was a part of the ARMY I.A.M. Strong Tour, and has performed at Gilda's LaughFest, The Boston Comedy Festival, The Great American Comedy Festival, San Francisco SketchFest and was the Peoples Choice winner at the 2009 Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival." Tickets are required.

Purchase tickets*

Tickets will also be sold during Family Weekend Check-In and at the Smith Auditorium Box Office 30 minutes before the show starts

Sunday, October 16

9:30 a.m. -10 a.m.
Interdenominational Worship Service, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall, 2nd Floor
All are welcome to this service of worship led by the Rev. Karen Wood, University Chaplain. While interdenominational in scope, this service honors Willamette's relationship with the United Methodist Church and is in the style and spirit of progressive mainline Christianity.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Willamette Store, Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
A Cappella Concert , Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Hudson Hall

Do you enjoy music? Want to hear three amazing a cappella groups on campus? Well, luckily, they will each perform a few songs during this concert. Come have a relaxing time during a beautiful part of the day and listen to some great music.

  • No tickets required for this concert
1 p.m.–2 p.m.
Interfraternity Council Information Session , Cat Cavern - Putnam University Center, 2nd Floor

The Willamette Interfraternity Council will be hosting an information session about fraternal life at Willamette University and the potential benefits of joining one of the five chapters.

1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art Open, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State Street

See Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., for description.