Family Weekend

Emmanuel’s 2020 Family Weekend is going virtual! Join us for an extended celebration of events starting Wednesday, November 18th through Sunday, November 29th. While we can't be together in person, we're looking forward to celebrating with you virtually! All events are free. Deadline to register is Tuesday, November 17th.

Wednesday, November 18th

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7:00 p.m. Virtual “Crimes of the Commonwealth” Tour
Who was the Boston Strangler? How did Whitey Bulger and his gang run amok in Boston for decades? This popular Family Weekend tradition is back—virtually! Join Associate Professor of Sociology Janese Free, Ph.D. for a virtual tour of some of Boston’s most historic crime scenes and discuss the criminals and cases that led to their infamy – from Fenway to Beacon Hill and Southie, too.

Thursday, November 19th

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5:00 p.m.

College Update and Q & A for Parents and Families

Even amid the pandemic, Emmanuel students continue to participate in internships, benefit from the guidance of faculty mentors, and sharpen the skills to excel in a complex and changing world. Join President Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN, and Vice President of Academic Affairs Josef Kurtz for a look at how Emmanuel’s distinctive educational mission continues to thrive, followed by a facilitated question-and-answer session. We know that excitement is building for the reopening of our residential Boston campus in January; we encourage parents and family members to submit questions in advance on the Family Weekend registration form about the spring semester or any other topic.

Friday, November 20th

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All Day Family Weekend 2020 Kudoboard
Whether you are proud of your student for tackling all the challenges of a remote semester and want to give them a shoutout or just proud of Aunt Beth’s Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole recipe and want to share it with your Saints family, we invite you to post a message to our Kudoboard this weekend! Any Thanksgiving recipes posted between Friday and Sunday will be entered into a prize drawing.
7:00 p.m. Saints Family Trivia
What are the holidays without a little family-friendly competition? This trivia game will test your knowledge on a variety of topics, from sports to pop culture and more! The first prize will be a gift card to a restaurant of your choice for a family meal. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.

Saturday, November 21st

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All Day Saints Pride Social Media Challenge & Giveaways
Break out the blue and gold! Show your Saints pride by dressing in your favorite Emmanuel gear and tagging Emmanuel on Instagram or Twitter @emmanuelcollege. All who post will be entered into a drawing to win Emmanuel-themed prizes.
10:00 a.m. Get to Know the Career Center
Every Emmanuel student has access to the Career Center’s many services from their first day as Saints. Join our staff of dedicated career development professionals for an interactive Q&A session to learn more about career education in the classroom, employer relations in Boston and beyond, the day-to-day advising resources available to students, and the Center’s newest initiatives designed to support students remotely during COVID-19. Bring your questions about working with a Career Advisor, preparing for and landing an internship, post-graduation support and more.
11:00 a.m. Realign, Refresh, and Restore
Drawing from Yoga and other mind-body techniques, this session focuses on releasing tension and realigning our bodies for maximum efficiency. We will then work to build strength and flexibility through a series of Pilates exercises. You will leave feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of your day. Invite your family (and pets) to participate in this fun-filled workout! Instructor: Kristen Duffy Young, Co-Director of the Colleges of the Fenway Center for Performing Arts and a faculty member of the Emmanuel College Theater Arts Program. She is also the President of the Massachusetts Dance Education Organization.
12:00 p.m. Virtual Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts
From the Bronze Age to the 2000s and from Ancient Nubia to the Americas, experience the Museum of Fine Arts’ vast collections up close and from the comfort of your home. Take this guided virtual tour of one of the world’s premier art museums, which we are proud to call our Fenway neighbor.
7:30 p.m. Saints Family Bingo
Get ready to win all the beans! Coffee beans, that is. For every game you win on this virtual Bingo night, you will receive a $5 Dunkin gift card to keep you running through the fall.

Sunday, November 22nd

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9:00 a.m. Morning Yoga
Get Thanksgiving week started right with an hour of zen as Emily Shea ’14 leads a virtual all-levels vinyasa flow class. Plenty of pose modifications and variations will be offered, so students of any level are encouraged to join—beginners are more than welcome! Come move, breathe, and get your day started off feeling good.
11:00 a.m. Family Weekend Liturgy
All are welcome as we gather for Sunday Mass in a spirit of gratitude, community and worship. The Family Weekend Liturgy will be live-streamed from the College Chapel, the spiritual heart of the Emmanuel campus.
1:00 p.m. Look inside the Science Classroom: How Integrating Research Enriches Deep Learning at Emmanuel     
Join Associate Dean of Natural Sciences and Professor of Biochemistry Dr. Paul March as he shares what makes the Emmanuel College classroom an exciting destination—both in the physical and virtual world. Professor March will share how scientific research enriches and informs the classroom learning experience for students. Please join us for a brief presentation followed by an opportunity for questions and open discussion.

November 26th–November 29th

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Ongoing Virtual Turkey Trot 5k
Join Emmanuel alumni, students, parents, staff and friends in a Virtual Turkey Trot 5k. Run or walk any time starting Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26th), and submit your time before 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 29th.
To enter your official time, simply walk or run 3.1 miles while using the tracking app of your choice (Strava, MapMyRun, Apple Health, Fitbit, or any others!). When completed, take a screenshot of your results and e-mail it to Screenshots must be submitted by 5 p.m. Sunday, November 29th. Indicate in your e-mail if you are alumni, student or family member. Participants are encouraged to wear Emmanuel blue and gold gear! Send us a selfie at along with your race results to be included in the online photo album. 

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