Parent & Family Weekend

Parent & Family Weekend is a time to visit campus, enjoy speakers, performances, and other family-friendly activities, experience the rich array of student opportunities and resources Reed has to offer, and spend quality time with your student.

Frequently Asked Questions about Parent & Family Weekend

When is Parent & Family Weekend?

  • November 2 & 3, 2018
  • November 8 & 9, 2019

Where does Parent & Family Weekend take place?

All activities take place on the Reed College campus. A schedule of activities, including locations, will be available in September.

When can I register for Parent & Family Weekend?

Registration will open in September and will continue through October.

Does it cost anything to attend Parent & Family Weekend?

There are no fees to attend Parent & Family Weekend activities.

Should I attend every activity?

You may attend as many or as few activities as you wish. The schedule is designed to give you your own Reed College experience while also providing an opportunity to spend time with your student and learn the different ways that you can support them throughout their academic journey.

Is there programming all day Friday & Saturday? When should I plan to fly into Portland?

Activities will begin around 9 a.m. on Friday and continue throughout the day. Saturday’s activities will also start around 9 a.m. and conclude in the afternoon. We recommend planning to arrive on Thursday and depart on Sunday.

What is the process for attending classes on Friday?

Your student must gain prior approval from their professor in order to have a parent or family member attend their class. Reed is known for small, conference-style classes and space is limited.

Is my student welcome to attend? What about other family members?

Of course! Your student is welcome at all Parent & Family Weekend events. Although there is no specific programming for siblings or other family members, you’ll find unique offerings for the whole family all weekend.

What should I wear?

All events during Parent & Family Weekend are casual, so feel free to dress in comfortable clothing. Portland is known for beautiful fall weather, which can include some sunshine, but is most often rainy and chilly with highs in the 50s.

Where should I stay?

We have several recommendations of where to stay, depending on what part of town you’d like to enjoy during your visit to Portland. Many options are just a short ride from campus on the Max Orange Line.

I am the parent of a sophomore, junior, or senior, and have attended before. Is there something new for me?

Absolutely! This weekend has been designed for all of our Reed families. All families are sure to find unique lectures, events, panel presentations, and information useful for you and your Reedie.

I have a mobility challenge. Whom can I contact to gain assistance with getting around campus?

All campus facilities meet ADA requirements. For questions about wheelchair accessibility or other special arrangements, please have your student contact Disability Support Services.