Parent & Family Weekend

Parent and Family Weekend is a time to visit campus and experience the rich array of student opportunities and resources Reed has to offer. Enjoy programming dedicated to navigating Reed and helping your student during each step of their journey.


Parent and Family Weekend Schedule

Please note: this is a draft schedule and is subject to changes and updates.

Friday, November 3, 2017

9 a.m.–3 p.m.: Registration

9:30–10:20 a.m.: Opening Lecture

10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.: Tours
Choose from three tours and explore Reed’s campus. Tour Reed’s nuclear reactor, the only undergraduate-operated reactor in the nation; our new Outdoor Center in the Watzek Sports Center; or Reed’s beloved Canyon: the 28­ acre watershed located in the heart of campus.

Lunch available in Commons Dining Hall

1 p.m.: Calligraphy Lecture: the Development of the Alphabet

2–4 p.m.: Open Calligraphy Hours

2 p.m.: Student Life Panel

3 p.m.: Academic Services Panel

4–5 p.m.: How to Raise an Adult
Nobody wants to be called a helicopter parent, and few people understand this better than Julie Lythcott-Haims, the former freshman dean at Stanford University, parent of a Reedie (’21), and author of the New York Times bestselling book, How to Raise an Adult. A self-proclaimed helicopter parent herself, Lythcott-Haims will help us understand the phenomenon, why it’s harmful, and what we need to do to help our Reedies really thrive.

5–6 p.m.: Family Reception Hosted by President John R. Kroger

6–8:30 p.m.: Open Climbing Hours in the Outdoor Center

7:30 p.m.: Fall Theatre Performance

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Registration materials will be available for pickup on Saturday morning. Please join us for coffee and a light breakfast beginning at 9 a.m., before opening remarks.

9–10 a.m.: You Can Do Anything
Join us in welcoming to campus George Anders, contributing editor at Forbes magazine and the author of five business books. Anders will share insights he learned about a liberal arts education as he worked on his latest book, You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of the “Useless” Liberal Arts Education. In his book, Anders presents the remarkable power of a liberal arts education, showcasing Reedies as examples of graduates translating their degrees into desired jobs with a humanist's touch.

10 a.m.–noon: Parent Exploration Sessions
Back by popular demand! Attend breakout sessions led by staff and faculty teams on topics of special interest to parents. These sessions can help you better understand how to help your student navigate the Reed curriculum from freshman to senior year. Topics include seeking academic assistance, choosing a major, mastering the junior qual, and defining a thesis topic. Hear about why and how your student might access opportunities outside the classroom, including research opportunities, internships, volunteer service, and international study.

10–11 a.m.: Parent Exploration Session One

11 a.m.–noon: Parent Exploration Session Two

Lunch available in Commons Dining Hall

3–5 p.m.: Open Climbing Hours in the Outdoor Center

7:30 p.m.: Fall Theatre Performance