Touring Oxford's organic farm is one of the highlights of Family Weekend.

Family Weekend gives glimpse of Oxford life

Tour the Oxford organic farm, experience a performance of a Pulitzer-winning play, or run a 5K during Family Weekend 2017, Oct. 20-22.

Two and a half days filled with Family Weekend activities lets relatives see firsthand the life of an Oxford College student. The weekend tradition allows Oxford families to experience everything from eating like an Emory Eagle in the dining hall, cheering on athletics teams, and meeting professors.

Organizers plan engaging events where families can meet the friends, faculty, staff, and alumni who engage in campus life with their students.

"Family Weekend is a mid-semester celebration and an opportunity for families to experience Oxford through their student's eyes," says Veronica Roman, associate director of student involvement and leadership. "Through services and programs, the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership provides opportunities for families to engage in the Oxford community, as well as assistance in accessing various campus resources," adds Roman, who oversees the weekend.

Highlights of the weekend include:

Friday, October 20

  • Registration, Check-in and Welcome Reception
    3:00-6:00 p.m.
    Candler Hall Student Center
  • Dinner
    5:00-8:00 p.m.
    Dining Hall
  • Happening in Covington: Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch at Mitcham Farm
    5:30 to 10:00 p.m.
    Only a nine-minute drive from Oxford. Tickets are $10, which includes access to the corn maze, giant mountain slide, inflatable cow jumper, cow train ride, pedal carts, giant jump pad, and farm animals. 
  • Men's Soccer Game
    6:00 p.m.
    Soccer field
    Sophomore night for men's soccer team.
  • Water by the Spoonful, Fall Drama Production
    7:30 p.m.
    Tarbutton Theater
    Admission: $5 per person
    This Pulitzer Prize-winning play by American playwright and composer Quiara Alegría Hudes explores the struggles of a Puerto Rican veteran of the Iraq war in his hometown of Philadelphia. His story runs in parallel with four people in an online chatroom for recovering drug addicts.

    Tickets are required for all guests, students, and children and are $5 per person. Purchase at the box office 30 minutes prior to the production. Directed by Pam Joyce, Oxford lecturer in theater studies, with a cast and technical crew composed entirely of students. May not be suitable for children under 14.
  • Happening in Covington: Live Music
    8:00 p.m.
    Live music at the Irish Bred Pub on the Covington Square

Saturday, October 21

  • Oxford College Fall 5K Race and One-mile Fun Run
    8:00 a.m.
    Presented by Oxford College Center for Healthful Living. Registration is $30 for the 5K run/walk and $15 for the one-mile Fun Run for those who register by Friday, October 20 at noon. Current Oxford College students can pay a discounted rate of $10 for either the 5K or the Fun Run. This is a timed event, and everyone gets a T-shirt. Register online. All proceeds from this event benefit the Jean and Paul Amos Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Program.
  • Registration and Check-in
    9:00-10:00 a.m.
    Candler Hall Student Center
  • Continental Breakfast
    9:00-10:00 a.m.
    Candler Hall Student Center
  • Welcome and Opening Session
    10:15-10:30 a.m.
    Candler Hall Student Center
  • Interest Sessions
    10:30-11:15 a.m.
    Various locations
    Choose from a variety of presentations on life during and after Oxford, presented by faculty and staff.
  • Picnic on the Quad
    11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Interest Sessions
    1:00-1:45 p.m.
    Various locations
    One of the choices is a featured session by Oxford Dean Douglas Hicks. Choose from a variety of presentations on life during and after Oxford, presented by faculty and staff.
  • Interest Sessions
    2:00-2:45 p.m.
    Various locations
    Choose from a variety of presentations on life during and after Oxford, presented by faculty and staff.
  • Water by the Spoonful, Fall Drama Production. Matinee.
    3:00 p.m.
    Tarbutton Theater
    Admission: $5 per person
    This Pulitzer Prize-winning play by American playwright and composer Quiara Alegría Hudes explores the struggles of a Puerto Rican veteran of the Iraq war in his hometown of Philadelphia. His story runs in parallel with four people in an online chatroom for recovering drug addicts.

    Tickets are required for all guests, students, and children and are $5 per person. Purchase at the box office 30 minutes prior to the production. Directed by Pam Joyce, Oxford lecturer in theater studies, with a cast and technical crew composed entirely of students. May not be suitable for children under 14.
  • Festival at the Farm
    3:00-5:00 p.m.
    Oxford Organic Farm, 706 Emory Street
    Join us for a hands-on experience at the Oxford organic farm, just a short walk from campus. Casual attire is recommended.
  • Men’s Basketball Game: Oxford vs. Bryan College
    3:00 p.m.
    Williams Gymnasium
  • Happening in Covington: Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch at Mitcham Farm
    4:00 to 10:00 p.m.
    Only a nine-minute drive from Oxford. Tickets are $10, which includes access to the corn maze, giant mountain slide, inflatable cow jumper, cow train ride, pedal carts, giant jump pad, and farm animals. 
  • Dinner
    5:00-8:00 p.m.
    Dining Hall
  • Evening Program: Coffeehouse
    7:00 p.m.
    Candler Hall Student Center

Sunday, October 22

  • Legacy Breakfast and Pinning Ceremony
    9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
    Dining Hall
    Entering first-year students who have at least one parent, grandparent, or sibling who also graduated from Emory are invited to celebrate and be recognized as an Emory Alumni Legacy.
  • Brunch
    11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Dining Hall

Questions about Family Weekend? Contact Veronica Roman at 770-784-8393.