A family in matching Haverford College sweatshirts take a selfie under a tree full of golden fall leaves.

Fall Fun With Ford Families and Friends

This year’s Family and Friends Weekend welcomed hundreds of our students’ nearest and dearest to campus for a full schedule of panels, screenings, concerts, exhibits, games, and much more.

October means a lot of things on the Haverford campus: beautiful displays of fall foliage from our arboretum’s many trees, Halloween celebrations, and, of course, the annual Family and Friends Weekend. This year, we welcomed hundreds of Ford families and friends to campus for a jam-packed weekend full of activities.

Students were able to bring their loved ones on tours of campus, the Haverfarm, and the Arboretum, as well as to openings of several different exhibits, including the Cantor Fitzgerald’s Native America: In Translation and VCAM’s Queer Haverford. They could choose from numerous panels about how to navigate Haverford presented by the Center for Career and Professional Advising, the advising deans, and even some young alumni. They enjoy concerts by the Chamber Singers, the Bi-Co Orchestra, and a cappella groups and the premiere of a new documentary (Ira DeA Reid, A Quiet Force for Change: Scholar; Civil Rights Pioneer; Quaker Activist) about the exceptional life and work of Ira de Augustine Reid, Haverford’s first African American professor. There were matches and games to attend for the volleyball, field hockey, soccer, and squash teams, and celebrations for the 10th anniversary of the Chesick Scholars. But mostly, the weekend was an opportunity for Fords to catch up with their friends and family and share their Haverford with them.