Family Weekend Schedule

Information is subject to change. Please check back often for updates as additional programs and opportunities will be added.

PDF VERSION (updated 10.20.16 - Here's an example of last year's final schedule.)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Open Hours
Gettysburg College, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Department of Public Safety is open 24 hours/7 days/week

Family Weekend guests are welcome to enjoy these campus facilities.

* Bullet Hole, 7:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
* College Bookstore, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
* Commons, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
* Dining Center, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

* Jaeger Center, 6:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
* Musselman Library will be open until 8:00 p.m.
* Bullets Pool, 7:00-9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., and 7:00-8:45 p.m

8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Parents Leadership Council Meeting
By invitation.

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Family Weekend Registration
College Union Lobby
Refreshments available.

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Musselman Library and Special Collections
Musselman Library

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Art Exhibition
Schmucker Art Gallery

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Cross-Disciplinary Science Institute at Gettysburg College (X-SIG)
5th Annual Poster Presentation
Science Center Lobby
Students who worked in Gettysburg College science department research labs or did research off campus over the summer will present their findings in posters and be on hand to answer questions. The summer research program was funded, in part, through an initiative of Gettysburg College's Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Precollege and Undergraduate Science Education program. Posters will remain on display the entire weekend.

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Family Photo Session
Scrambling to find the perfect family photo to use on your holiday card? Let us ease some of your stress and take that photo for you! The fountain, gazebo, Adirondack chairs, and fall foliage make a beautiful backdrop for a Gettysburg-themed family photo, and we’ll send you your pictures for free. Sign up for a 10-15 minute session by contacting Wendee at or (717) 337-8074.

3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Family College
Experience the expertise, creativity, and wit of our faculty by attending a Family College course. A second session is offered at 5:10 p.m. First come, first served. Seating may be limited.

3:30 p.m.
Field Hockey vs. Dickinson
Shirk Field, Musselman Stadium

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Phi Beta Kappa Initiation
Joseph Theater, Breidenbaugh Hall 201
The Iota of Pennsylvania Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa welcomes its newest members to the Society. The Gettysburg College chapter elects to membership about five to ten percent of the senior class who have distinguished academic records and exhibit high moral character and intellectual curiosity. Election to Phi Beta Kappa is perhaps the most widely recognized academic distinction in American higher education. Open to the public. Photography is welcome.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fall Honors Day
Christ Chapel
Join us in this annual recognition ceremony when over 60 different awards are presented to students. The Dr. Ralph Cavaliere Endowed Teaching Award and The Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning Excellence in Teaching Award are presented to two members of the faculty.

5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Campus Dining Option
Dining Center
Dinner cost is $12.50 per person.

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Family Weekend Happy Hour
The Attic, West Building
Come relax in a family-friendly environment. Adult beverages, non-alcoholic drinks, and a variety of snacks and appetizers will be served.

5:10 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Family College Session 2
First come, first served. Seating may be limited.

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Shabbat Service and Dinner
Hillel House, 135 N. Washington St.
Join Gettysburg Hillel as we celebrate Shabbat with a service and dinner.

6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Haunted Mansion
Phi Delta Theta
Support Phi Delta Theta's biggest fundraising event of the year. Get your thrills from a haunted house filled with unique rooms and scares that can be catered to all ages, depending on the tour. Let us know if you are a family with young children! The mansion changes every year - if you've visited before, come back! It's sure to be a blast. Admission is $5 a person.

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Observatory Open House
Tour the Gettysburg College Observatory and our local night sky. See the equipment used in our astronomy survey courses, upper-level lab courses, and student-faculty research. Weather permitting, we will have several telescopes and binoculars available to observe the night sky. Astronomy students and professors will be on hand to answer questions and show a few of the seasonal favorites the fall sky has to offer. The Observatory is purposefully set at the edge of campus. There are no facilities, and attire appropriate for the weather and conditions should be worn.

9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday Night Entertainment
CUB Ballroom

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Family Weekend guests are welcome to enjoy these campus facilities.

* Bullet Hole, Noon-11:00 p.m.
* College Bookstore, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
* Commons, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
* Dining Center, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

* Jaeger Center, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
* Musselman Library, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Family Weekend Registration

College Union Lobby
Refreshments available.

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Legacy Breakfast

Specialty Dining
For alumni families and their current students. By invitation.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Global Study Information Session
CUB Ballroom
Attend a brief presentation by the Center for Global Education, followed by an opportunity to visit country tables representing Gettysburg’s affiliated programs and meet returned global study students and parents.

10:00 a.m.
Family Weekend Welcome Session
CUB Ballroom
A special opportunity to join President Riggs as she provides an update and  shares her insights on the College’s future and the impact on your students.

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Musselman Library and Special Collections
Musselman Library
See Friday at 9:00 a.m. for details.

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Art Exhibition
Schmucker Art Gallery

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Career Experiential Opportunities for Your Student
Mara Auditorium, Masters Hall 110
Join us to learn about Gettysburg College's alumni and parent network and the many ways for students to make lasting, valuable career connections. Then take an interactive tour and talk with students who have participated in internships, externships, job shadowing, and more within the professional world. 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Academic Advising Session
Science Center 200
Hear from the Dean of Academic Advising about the Academic Advising office—its staff, philosophy, programs, and policies. This is a great chance to ask questions about the academic opportunities your students have and to learn how to be a partner as your students shape their educational plans.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Fall Fest
Stine Lake
Family-friendly fall-themed activities and refreshments. Young children will love this event. Activities include face painting, bounce houses, pumpkin painting, and lawn games. Tables available for the "to go" option—see All Campus Luncheon below.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Garthwait Leadership Center Open House
Plank 103
Stop by to learn about the leadership opportunities offered by the Garthwait Leadership Center.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
All Campus Luncheon
Dining Center
Families' entrance free with Family Weekend registration fee. We request that each guest has a ticket for lunch. The Dining Center will provide "to go" containers for those families who would like to take their lunch elsewhere. If you would like the "to go" option, use the Specialty Dining entrance and provide a ticket for each meal requested. The "to go" option is available from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

12:45 p.m.
Bullets Marching Band Pregame Show
Shirk Field, Musselman Stadium
Kickoff may be at 1:00, but the festivities begin at 12:45! Enjoy Pregame 2017, full of Gettysburg College’s traditional school music and favorite formations.

1:00 p.m.
Football vs. Susquehanna
Shirk Field, Musselman Stadium
At the game, support some of the many student service organizations as they fundraise and increase awareness..

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Family Photo Session
Please refer to the Friday photo session for more information.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Catholic Mass

Christ Chapel

5:00 p.m.  7:00 p.m.
Family Weekend Cupola Society Reception
President's Home
By invitation.

5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Campus Dining Option
Dining Center
Dinner cost is $12.50 per person.

8:00 p.m.
Jazz Dispatch
Paul Recital Hall
Gettysburg College’s premiere improvising ensemble. The group will perform works by African American composers such as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, and Sonny Rollins.

9:00 p.m.
Student Showcase
CUB Ballroom
An annual Family Weekend favorite. Performances by Gettysburg College performing arts student groups..

Sunday, October 28, 2017

Family Weekend guests are welcome to enjoy these campus facilities.

* Bullet Hole, 1:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
* College Bookstore, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
* Commons, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
* Dining Center, 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

* Jaeger Center, 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
* Musselman Library, 10:00 a.m. (24 hours)
* Bullets Pool, 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m.
Family Weekend Worship: Service of Word & Sacrament
Christ Chapel
Service of Holy Communion that is Ecumenically open utilizing the Lutheran rite. The Women's Choir will sing as part of this service. All families are invited.

5:00 p.m.  6:00 p.m.
Catholic Mass

Christ Chapel

For Family Weekend questions, please contact the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life at 717-337-6304 or

Updated 8.2.17