Friends and Family Fall for the Ford

This past weekend, the College welcomed hundreds of visitors to campus for Family and Friends Weekend’s celebration of fall, fun, and festivities.

The crunch of autumn leaves underfoot across Haverford’s campus could be heard at record volume this weekend, as the number of people on campus soared to celebrate the College’s annual Family and Friends Weekend. From parents and grandparents to siblings and alumni, Haverford welcomed over 500 visitors to experience a weekend of music, performance, and celebration.

Despite a rainy weekend, the weather let up just enough for more than 50 Fords and their families to enjoy a walking tour of Haverford’s architectural history, led by Bi-Co Architecture co-heads Austin Huber ’19 and Nicky Rhodes ’19. Featuring conversations on the College’s Quaker structural foundations to innovative new structures, like VCAM, the tour was an enjoyable deep dive into elements that make up Haverford’s physical space.

Another major highlight from the weekend was “Havertoberween,” the inaugural rendition of an intended tradition hosted by the Student Life Office. Featuring a costume workshop (courtesy of Nerd House), an escape room (courtesy of the Student Leadership Advisory Committee), a delicious Eid and Diwali celebration (courtesy of South Asian Society), and a Halloween movie screening, the event was well-attended and brought out all of the best food, fun, and festivities that Haverford has to offer. (Continued after the gallery.)

Haverford’s performing arts groups took the opportunity to showcase their works to a larger-than-usual audience, with the Haverford College Chamber Singers, Ensemble, and a capella groups the Outskirts, Mainliners, S-Chords, and Looney Tunes strutting their stuff on stages across campus. Two comedy groups, the Lighted Fools and Off the Spot, also teamed up to present an evening of laughs in the form of both improv and sketch performances.

Organized by Alumni and Parent Relations, “Haverford and Beyond: Alumni and Parent Connections Fair” featured alumni affinity groups like Rainbow Quorum, Multicultural Alumni Action Group, and the Haverford Lawyers Network. The Center for Career and Professional Advising presented an internship panel; the directors of the three academic centers (CPGC, KINSC, HCAH) discussed their missions, research, and internship opportunities at another panel; and the Study Abroad Office hosted a fair to introduce interested students to all of their options when it comes to spending a semester or year overseas.

The weekend also marked the openings for two art exhibits on campus: The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America in the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery and Edna Lewis: Chef and Humanitarian in the Marshall Fine Arts Center.

Thanks to the presence and support of so many family and friends, the events were certainly anything but spooky, making for one successful Halloweekend on campus!


Photos by Patrick Montero, Dex Coen Gilbert ’21, Alexandra Iglesia ’21, and Kian Williams ’22.