Student Life

Family Weekend

Join us for Family Weekend 2015, October 16th to the 18th! During the weekend, families and friends will have the opportunity to participate in Emmanuel's rich traditions, to experience and celebrate the talents of our students, listen to some of our faculty and to explore all that Boston has to offer. Events including Spotlight on Student Talent, the Senior Cap and Gown Ceremony, and tours of historic Boston allow you to spend time with your student, meet members of the faculty and staff and feel the vibrant spirit of our community. 

2015 Schedule

Friday, October 16, 2015

    • 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      Check-in/Information
      Maureen Murphy Wilkens Atrium, Jean Yawkey Center
    • 4:00 p.m.
      Saints Invitational Cross Country Meet
      Franklin Park, Boston
      4:00 p.m. - Women
      4:45 p.m. - Men
    • 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      Dinner
      Marian Hall Dining Room, Jean Yawkey Center.
      $15.00 per person.

* Choice of Evening Events

  • 6:00 p.m.
    Latin Explosion!
    Maureen Murphy Wilkens Atrium, Jean Yawkey Center
    Join members of HUELLAS, our Latino student organization, for an evening of music, dancing and Salsa lessons for those who dare! All dancers, experienced and beginner, welcome. It is sure to be an evening of fun and great exercise for all ages. No Charge.
  • 6:45 p.m.
    Museum of Fine Arts
    465 Huntington Avenue, Boston
    Ann Bible, Art Department Instructor, will lead a one hour tour which may include the special exhibit “Crafted Objects in Flux.” This exhibition is the first of its kind within an encyclopedic museum to explore the broad possibilities of contemporary artistic engagement with craft. “Crafted” demonstrates the vitality, viability, and variety inherent in choosing craft as a foundation for contemporary artistic practice. Participants will then have the opportunity to tour the museum at their own leisure. The MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, with a collection of over 450,000 works of art. The museum allows visitors to experience the art of Ancient Egypt, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and more! Please meet at 6:45p.m. the Jean Yawkey Center for a 15-minute walk to the museum. The museum closes at 9:45 p.m. Cost: $20.00 per person; free with College ID.
  • 7:00 p.m.
    Spirit of Boston Dinner Cruise on Boston Harbor
    Board the famous Spirit of Boston at 7:00 p.m. at the World Trade Center in Boston and cruise Boston Harbor from 8:00 to11:00 p.m., enjoying a full dinner and a cash bar. Transportation and parking will not be provided as the location is accessible by MBTA Subway. For directions, go to www.spiritofboston.com. Check-in for the cruise will be at the boat. Cost: $50.00 per person.
  • 8:00 p.m.
    THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND-Emmanuel College Theater Guild Production
    Auditorium, Main Administration Building
    Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb; Directed by Joe Deauna '15 An evening of classic musical numbers by this famous songwriting team, including highlights from "Chicago," "Cabaret," "Kiss of the Spider Woman," "New York, New York" and more, interspersed with vignettes and observations about their life and work. An all-Emmanuel production directed, choreographed, designed by and starring our students. Due to the show's intimate, cabaret-style setting, seats may be limited. Cost: No Charge.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

  • 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Check-in/Information
    Maureen Murphy Wilkens Atrium, Jean Yawkey Center
  • 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Continental Breakfast
    Marian Hall Dining Room, Jean Yawkey Center Cost: No Charge.
  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    President’s Address
    The Fenway Room, Administration Building, Room 232
    Sister Janet Eisner, SND will speak about the College's rich history, mission and vision for the future. Continental breakfast will be available. Cost: No Charge.

  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    kiddiECorner
    Jean Yawkey Center for Community Leadership, Jean Yawkey Center
    The kiddiECorner is a new program offered during Family Weekend. The kiddiECorner will offer families who wish to attend one of the many programs or traditions that are being offered an alternative for their younger children. Younger children and adolescents who participate in the kiddiECorner will be able to partake in several different October-themed activities including: Pumpkin Painting, Trick or Treat Bag Creating and photos with Halo the College mascot! Cost: No Charge.
  • 10:00 a.m.
    Fenway Park Tour
    Visit historic Fenway Park, where the Babe pitched, The Kid hit, Yaz dazzled and today’s stars still thrill Red Sox fans. Participants will meet in the Maureen Murphy Wilkens Atrium and walk to the park for the 10:30 a.m. tour. Tours last approximately one hour. $15.00 per person, $8.00 for children 15 years old or younger.
  • 12:00 p.m.
    Women’s Soccer vs. Mount Ida College
    Roberto Clemente Field, Boston
    Cost: No Charge.
  • 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Career Center Open House
    Room 214, Marian Hall
    Visit the Career Center to meet the staff and find out more about internship, job and career opportunities for all Emmanuel students
  • 11:00 a.m.
    Student/Faculty Research Opportunities at Emmanuel
    Room 157, Main Administration Building
    Dr. R. Bryan Sears, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
    Dr. Paul March, Professor of Biochemistry
    Dr. Adam Silver, Assistant Professor of Political Science
    Dr. Brendan Sullivan, Lecturer of Mathematics
  • 11:00 a.m.
    Senior Cap and Gown Ceremony
    Jean Yawkey Center Gymnasium
    Dating back to the first graduating class, the Class of 1923, the Cap and Gown Ceremony has historically marked the beginning of senior year. The ceremony provides an opportunity for seniors to don their caps and gowns and recognizes their status as seniors at Emmanuel.
  • 11:30 a.m.
    Trolley Tour #1
    Tour Boston’s historic sites and landmarks on this entertaining excursion in the city. Departs from the front of the Administration Building. Tour lasts approximately one-and-a-half hours. Cost: $15.00 per person.
  • 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
    Lunch
    Marian Hall Dining Room, Jean Yawkey Center. $10.00 per person.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Cradles to Crayons Community Service Project

    Join Emmanuel College students in volunteering at Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory warehouse where you will “roll up your sleeves” to assist in the mission of the organization, which is to help provide children living in poverty with the basic essentials they need to thrive at home, at school and at play. Bus transportation will be provided and in front of Yawkey Center at 1:00 p.m. If you cannot volunteer in person, think about donating:

    Family Weekend Donation Drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons

    Cradles to Crayons creates Kid Packs that are hand-selected with care to meet a boy or girl’s specific needs and wants. Donations of a wide range of goods that are used by children of all ages, from infants to age 12, are accepted.

    Please donate new and gently used children’s items such as clothes, shoes, books, school supplies, baby gear and toys. For additional details, please visit Cradles to Crayons donation guidelines.

    Donations will be accepted at the check-in table in Jean Yawkey Center Atrium.

    Cost: No Charge

  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Junior Ring and Tassel Ceremony
    Jean Yawkey Center Gymnasium
    The Junior Ring and Tassel Ceremony is an important tradition for juniors at Emmanuel as they celebrate their status as upper-class students. Juniors participating in the ceremony select an alumnus, alumna or current senior to present them with their ring and/or tassel and support them in their continued success at Emmanuel.
  • 1:30 p.m.
    Trolley Tour #2
    Tour Boston’s historic sites and landmarks on this entertaining tour of the city. Departs from the front of the Administration Building. Tour lasts approximately one-and-a-half hours. Cost: $15.00 per person
  • 2:00 p.m.
    Fenway Park Tour #2
    Visit historic Fenway Park, where the Babe pitched, The Kid hit, Yaz dazzled and today’s stars still thrill Red Sox fans. Participants will meet in the Jean Yawkey Center Atrium and walk to the park for the 2:30 p.m. tour. Tours last approximately one hour. Cost: $15.00 per person; $8.00 for children 15 years old or younger.
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Immediately following Junior Ring and Tassel Ceremony)
    Alumni Gathering
    The Fenway Room, Administration Building, Room 232
    Alumni taking part in the Junior Ring and Tassel program along with other alumni on campus for Family Weekend, are welcome to join Student Affairs staff for some light refreshments following the ceremony. Cost: No Charge.
  • 2:30 p.m - 3:30 p.m.
    Study Abroad: A Roadmap for Parents Room 156, Main Administration Building
    Jill Meleedy, Assistant Director of International Programs and Study Abroad
  • 3:00 p.m.
    Men’s Soccer vs. Mount Ida College
    Roberto Clemente Field, Boston
    Cost: No Charge.
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Spotlight on Student Talent
    Auditorium, Main Administration Building
    Student talent will be showcased in an entertaining program designed to highlight both individual and group talent. Cost: No Charge.
  • 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
    Dinner
    Marian Hall Dining Room, Jean Yawkey Center.
    Cost: $15.00 per person.
  • 7:00 p.m.
    An Evening of A Cappella
    Jean Yawkey Center Gymnasium
    Long before Pitch Perfect hit theaters or Pentatonix won a Grammy, a cappella music has been a staple on the Emmanuel College campus. Saturday’s concert features Fermata Town, a Boston-based group founded by EC alums, along with the award-winning pro group Firedrill!, made up of former members of Hyannis Sound, along with special guests from the EC A Cappella Club. Cost: No Charge.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • 10:00 a.m.
    Whale Watch
    Central Wharf, Boston. NE Aquarium Dock
    Cruise to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay. Stellwagen Bank is designated as one of the top 10 whale watch sites in the world. Three to four hours of listening, looking and learning about whales and other marine life. Transportation and parking will not be provided as the location is accessible by MBTA Subway. For directions, go to www.bostonharborcruises.com Please note that if you take part in the Whale Watch you will not be back to campus in time for Liturgy and Brunch. Cost: $35.00 per person.
  • 11:00 a.m.
    Family Liturgy
    Chapel, Administration Building
    Please join the Mission & Ministry team, the Emmanuel College Chapel Choir and other members of the worshipping community at Emmanuel College for a Roman Catholic Liturgy. People of all faiths and traditions are welcome.
  • 12:00 p.m.
    Jazz Brunch
    Marian Hall Dining Room, Jean Yawkey Center.
    $15.00 per person.
  • 1:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    History of Boston: A Walking Tour  SOLD OUT
    Dr. William Leonard, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean, leads this walking tour, which will take participants through the Greater Fenway neighborhood including parts of the Emerald Necklace, avenue of the Arts and area institutions. (In the event of inclement weather, Dr. Leonard will lead a virtual tour.) Tour will leave from the Jean Yawkey Center. Cost: No Charge.
  • 1:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
    Crimes of the Commonwealth Tour  SOLD OUT
    Dr. Janese Free, Assistant Professor of Sociology, leads this bus and walking tour, which will take participants to some of Boston’s most infamous crime scenes. Participants will meet at the Jean Yawkey Center. The tour may not be suitable for those under the age of 11. Cost: $10.00 per person.