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Welcome to campus, parents and families

Northeastern will welcome the parents and families of current students to campus this weekend with a host of academic, cultural, athletic, and social activities.

The annual Parent and Family Weekend begins Friday morning at 8:30 with registration in Ell Hall’s Frost Lounge and continues through Sunday afternoon. While some events are ticketed and require pre-registration, such as Duck Tours, visits to Fenway Park and Northeastern’s Marine Science Center, and Saturday night’s comedy show, many are free and open to all attendees.

Here, we share just a small selection of the many events on tap, including a welcome address from President Joseph E. Aoun in Blackman Auditorium on Saturday at 11 a.m., and the popular fashion show in the Curry Student Center Ballroom on Saturday at 4 p.m. For a complete event listing and additional information, visit the Parent and Family Weekend page.



1:30 p.m. – Boston Symphony Orchestra Community Chamber ConcertThe Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen Street

Enjoy music played by select members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

2 p.m. – Faculty Spotlight: Jonathan Kaufman, director of the School of JournalismBallroom, Curry Student Center

Kaufman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and former executive editor of Bloomberg News, will present ”Covering Campaign 2016—Where the Media Are Right and Where They Are Wrong.”

6 p.m. – Women’s soccer vs. HofstraParsons Field, Brookline, Massachusetts

Come cheer on the Huskies in this varsity women’s soccer match-up. Admission is free.

6 p.m. – Family Shabbat and services70 St. Stephen Street

Stop by Hillel and enjoy dinner with your family and friends. Services begin at 6 p.m., with a free kosher dinner to follow at 7 p.m.

7 p.m. – Men’s hockey vs. BentleyMatthews Arena

Be sure to catch the action as the Huskies take to the ice. Limited tickets are available for purchase at the door.

7:30 p.m. – Northeastern Shakespeare Society: Much Ado About Nothing334 Ryder Hall

Come see this performance of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy. This event will also be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, and 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18. Admission is free and seating is limited.

8 p.m. – Sounds of NortheasternBallroom, Curry Student Center

Northeastern’s talented a cappella groups will perform. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.



8:15 a.m. – Family fitness walk and run, meet in front of Ell Hall

Join current members of the student organization Fit NU on a morning walk or run through the city.

11 a.m. – Welcome address by President Aoun, Blackman Auditorium, Ell Hall

Join President Aoun, Provost James C. Bean, and student leaders for a welcome and campus update. Seating is limited. A live stream of the event will be available in the Curry Student Center Indoor Quad.

12 p.m. – Family Fun BarbecueCentennial Common (rain or shine)

Celebrate fall at the family festival, complete with a barbecue, fried dough, popcorn, pumpkin painting, and more.

1 p.m. – Women’s hockey vs. MercyhurstMatthews Arena

Come cheer on the Huskies in this varsity women’s hockey match-up. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

1 p.m. – Faculty spotlight: Susan Freeman, teaching professor and director, first-year engineering318 Curry Student Center

A look at the theory of learning from a practitioner.

2 p.m. – Meet the author: Liz MurrayBlackman Auditorium, Ell Hall

Formerly homeless, Murray transformed her life of despair into a journey of determination, hope, and hard-won success. Her memoir, Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, was an instant success and a New York Times best-seller. Seating is limited. The event will be followed by a book signing from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Fashion Show Poster4 p.m. – Fashion show, Ballroom, Curry Student Center

New York designer and Northeastern parent Kathleen McFeeters presents her sleek and chic clothing line, Donna Morgan. Watch students and staff strut down the runway in the latest fashions. For those who like the fashions they see, a raffle fundraiser will take place with all proceeds benefitting the Paul Croteau Parent Sponsored Scholarship Fund. This is a ticketed event.

6 p.m. – Men’s soccer vs. DelawareParsons Field, Brookline, Massachusetts

Transportation will leave from Forsyth Street in front of Chicken Lou’s. Admission to the game is free.



9:30 a.m. – Cooperative education and career developmentBlackman Auditorium, Ell Hall

Parents and families will learn more about the exciting experiences available to Northeastern students.

12 p.m. – Bagel brunch70 St. Stephen Street

Join Northeastern Hillel for a catered bagel brunch.

1 p.m. – Women’s field hockey vs. LouisvilleDedham Field, Dedham, Massachusetts

Free transportation will leave from Forsyth Street in front of Chicken Lou’s. Game admission is free.

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