Student Life

Family Weekend

Join us for Family Weekend 2014, October 17th to the 19th! 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. 

Watch for the 2014 schedule coming this September!

See 2013 Family Weekend Schedule below. View 2013 Family Weekend photos here.


2013 Schedule

Friday, October 18, 2013

  • 12:00 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

  • 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
    Dinner
    Marian Hall Dining Room, Jean Yawkey Center. $10.00 per person.

*Choice of Evening Events:

  • 6:00 p.m. 
    Spirit of Boston Dinner Cruise on Boston Harbor
    Board the famous Spirit of Boston at 6:00 p.m. at the World Trade Center in Boston and cruise Boston Harbor from 6:30-9:30 p.m., enjoying a full dinner and a cash bar. Transportation and parking will not be provided as the location is accessible by T. For directions, go to www.spiritofboston.com. Check-in for the cruise will be at the boat. $50.00 per person, including student.

  • 7:00 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.

  • 7:00 p.m. 
    Million Dollar Quartet
    Citi Emerson Colonial Theater
    Tony® Award winning Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. It features a score of rock hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "That's All Right," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Who Do You Love?," "Matchbox," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Hound Dog" and more. Tickets can be picked up on Friday at Check-in/Information table in the Jean Yawkey Center during the hours of 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Transportation will not be provided.  Directions will be provided with confirmation.


Saturday, October 19, 2013

  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Check-in/Information
    Maureen Murphy Wilkens Atrium, Jean Yawkey Center

  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 
    Continental Breakfast
    Maureen Murphy Wilkens Atrium, Jean Yawkey Center

  • 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    kiddiECorner
    Jean Yawkey Center for Community Leadership, Jean Yawkey Center
    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 and Carving, Trick or Treat Bag Creating and photos with Halo the College mascot!

  • 11:00 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 Jean Yawkey Center Atrium and walk to the park for the 11:30 a.m. tour. Tours last approximately one hour. $15.00 per adult, $8.00 per child (3-15 years). (Note: Tour availability is subject to playoff schedule).

  • 11:00 a.m.
    Please join faculty and staff to learn about course offerings and services designed to challenge, support and prepare Emmanuel students during their first two years on campus.

    The First-Year Seminar: Conversations with Faculty and Staff
    Dr. Lisa Stepanski, Professor of English, Moderator
    Dr. Jeff Fortin, Assistant Professor of History
    Sr. Susan Thornell, SND, Associate Dean for First-Year Programs and Director of Academic Advising

    The Career Planning Process for Freshmen and Sophomores: Getting an Early Start
    JoAnna Luiso, Associate Director for Employer Relations, Career Center

    Study Abroad and Travel Courses: The World is Your Classroom
    Danielle Pennock, Director of International Programs and Study Abroad

  • 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 tour of the city. Departs from the front of the Administration Building. Tour lasts approximately one hour. $15.00 per person.

  • 12:30 p.m. 
    Lunch Seating #1
    Marian Hall Dining Room, Jean Yawkey Center. $10.00 per person.

  • 1:00 p.m.
    Women's Soccer vs. Mt. Ida College
    Roberto Clemente Field

  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Cradles to Crayons Community Service Project - FULL!
    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. 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 page at: http://www.cradlestocrayons.org/sites/default/files/DonationGuidelines_1.2013.pdf

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

  • 1:00 p.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 Jean Yawkey Center Atrium and walk to the park for the 1:30 p.m. tour. Tours last approximately one hour. $15.00 per adult. $8.00 per child (3-15 years). (Note: Tour availability is subject to playoff schedule).

  • 1:30 p.m. 
    Lunch Seating #2
    Marian Hall Dining Room, Jean Yawkey Center. $10.00 per person.

  • 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 hour. $15.00 per person.

  • 2:30 p.m. 
    Men's Soccer vs. Lasell College
    Newton, MA

  • 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.
  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Emmanuel College faculty takes "challenging" and "inspiring" to a whole new level! They engage students in the classroom and beyond with interactive learning and community building opportunities. Please join our faculty members as they give you a glimpse of life inside the academic experiences available to your Emmanuel student.

    Slavery & Abolition in the Age of Revolutions 
    Dr. Jeff Fortin, Assistant Professor of History

    Principles of Chemistry: Demos in One Hour or Less
    Dr. Aren Gerdon, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

    Student Opportunities: Scholarship, Fellowships, Research and More
    Dr. Katrin Kriz, Associate Professor of Sociology

    The Design Student Experience and the Future of Design
    Erich Doubek, Assistant Professor of Art
  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Spotlight on Student Talent
    Auditorium, Administration Building 
    Student talent will be showcased in an entertaining program designed to highlight both individual and group talent.

  • 5:00 p.m. 
    Dinner
    Marian Hall Dining Room, Jean Yawkey Center. $15.00 per person.

  • 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
    EC Laughs
    Jean Yawkey Center 
    The Emmanuel College Programming Board presents a night of laughs for all ages. Who will entertain you? A comedian, improv troupe, mind reader, all of them? Come join the EC community for a night of fun for the whole family!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

  • 11:00 a.m. 
    Family Liturgy
    College Chapel, Main Administration Building
    Please join the Campus 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.
    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. $10.00 per person.

  • 1:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Museum of fine Arts  - SOLD OUT!
    465 Huntington Avenue, Boston 
    Visit Boston's premier museum with Anne Bible, Art Department Instructor. The MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, with a collection of over 450,000 works of art. This tour will provide participants with an experience of Ancient Egypt, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and more! Please meet at the Jean Yawkey Center. $15.00 per person.