All Family Weekend events and activities are completely optional. There are no required events. The most important thing to do is spend some quality time with your student.  Some events subject to change.

8-11 a.m. Continental Breakfast in Prentiss Dining Hall. Family members are invited to enjoy their student’s dining experience. Hot food is not served until brunch ($5 per person and free for children 5 and under).

11-4 p.m. Día de los Muertos Steamroller Print Project. The fifth annual Día de los Muertos Steamroller Print Project is a way to bring artists, students, and the community together for a collaborative art event that celebrates the Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead. Giant relief prints (4'x4' and 4'x8') are created by Whitman printmaking students using a steamroller as a printing press. The resulting prints will be displayed at the event and available for exhibition and sale as a fundraiser. Families are welcome to watch or join in the fun at a community activity table where people can carve their own mini-relief blocks, which can be printed on t-shirts using the steamroller that day. This event is sponsored in partnership with Shakespeare Walla Walla, Whitman College, Carnegie Picture Lab, and ArtWalla. Contact Nicole Pietrantoni (, Professor of Art, for more information. Farmer's Market on Main St. and 4th Avenue.

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Brunch in Prentiss Dining Hall. Family members are invited to enjoy their student’s dining experience. ($11 for adults, $6 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under).

12 p.m. Women's Soccer vs George Fox University, Whitman Athletic Fields

2 p.m. Harper Joy Theatre presents Mr. Kolpert by David Gieselmann. Ralph and Sarah invite Edith and Bastian over for a dinner party. To keep things lively, Ralph pretends there is a dead body in the trunk, but maybe Ralph is not pretending at all. Mr. Kolpert combines the absurdity of Harold Pinter, the suspense of Alfred Hitchcock, and the blood of Quentin Tarantino, providing an utterly ridiculous evening that falls somewhere between the comic and the macabre. Tickets (available October 9): $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors (60+) and free for Whitman students with their student IDs. To make reservations, call the Box Office at (509) 527-5180. For more information, visit

2:30 p.m. Men's Soccer vs University of Puget Sound, Whitman Athletic Fields

Here are a few suggestions for other activities that you can do with your student throughout the weekend:

• Meet your student’s roommate(s), housemate(s), or best friend(s).

• Take a tour of the residence hall, interest house, fraternity, sorority, house or apartment where your student lives.

• Walk to Pioneer Park.

• Ask your student to give you a custom tour of her or his favorite places on campus.

• Visit the Welty Student Health Center and have your student get a flu shot. The cost of the shot is $25.

• Visit the Stevens Gallery in the Reid Campus Center and the Sheehan Gallery in Olin Hall.

• Take a sculpture and public art tour of campus.

• Work out with your student at the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center.

• Borrow a bike from your student’s roommate or from Allegro Cyclery downtown and ride with your student up the Mill Creek trail to Rooks Park.

• Take a walk around Bennington Lake (the local reservoir).

• Go out for a milkshake at the Ice-Burg Drive-In or create your own frozen yogurt treat at Blue Palm.

• Ask your student to take you “pinging.”