Scripps College Family Weekend Boasts Exciting 2020 Program

Mom and daughter at Scripps College Family Weekend

Family Weekend gathers students, families, faculty, and staff together for an immersive, behind-the-scenes Scripps College experience.

By Emily Glory Peters

Once a year, Family Weekend draws hundreds of students and their families for an immersive Scripps College event allowing families to appreciate Scripps from their student’s point of view. Hosted by the Office of Parent Engagement and Philanthropy on February 15–17, this year’s Family Weekend program will offer a stimulating mix of popular activities plus new events that both first-time and returning attendees will be sure to enjoy.

Family Weekend showcases our impressive students’ achievements by sharing some of the ways in which they are engaged with the College. Throughout the weekend, families are able to attend everything from a Core class to a study abroad workshop to a challah braiding session with Scripps Challah, one of many student clubs and organizations. Scripps students introduce their families to their favorite professor and new friends, show them their favorite spot on campus, and share more about their unique Scripps experience.

“Families experience the vibrancy of the entire College during Family Weekend,” says Director of Parent Engagement Casey Crosbie. “New families take away a broader perspective of Scripps’ purpose, and returning families see how the campus and student experience are developing similarly to their student’s individual growth.”

Parent and Family Engagement encourages families to register as early as possible to reserve space for Family Weekend’s most highly requested activities, like the popular “Taste of Scripps Tour” which explores the many edible fruits and plants that grow on campus and how they’re used in the community. This year, the number of family-favorite tours of the historical and botanical campus as well as tours of the Denison Library Rare Book Room have been doubled to accommodate more attendees.

New program highlights include a comedy performance from The Claremont Colleges’ improvisation theater company 5C Improv and a special Scripps Presents event with Fresh Air’s book critic and fellow Scripps parent Maureen Corrigan P’21 in conversation with R.O. Kwon, Scripps’ Mary Routt Chair in Creative Writing. In an expression of gratitude for our engaged families and their impact on Scripps’ student body and community, this year will also mark the inaugural presentation of the Parent Volunteer Award by President Lara Tiedens.

The building of community bonds will continue at regional family chapter receptions, group luncheons, and the program’s grand finale where all attendees gather for a family dinner and concert. Shares Crosbie, “A successful Family Weekend is one where our families feel connected to Scripps and leave inspired to participate in the community in a deeper way.”

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to experience Scripps College with your student! Space is limited, so register for Family Weekend today at or reach out to us at [email protected] and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @scrippsfamilies.

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