These pages reflect plans for 2023 and will be updated with this year’s details by September 2024.

Friday, October 13

  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit the Welcome Table in Severance Great Hall for nametags, refreshments and up-to-date weekend schedules. 
  • 10:50 – 11:50 a.m. Convocation in Skinner Chapel featuring Gregg Colburn P’26. Colburn is an Associate Professor in the Runstad Department of Real Estate in the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments. He conducts research on topics related to housing and homelessness, and while at Carleton he will be be speaking about his recently published book, Homelessness is a Housing Problem.
  • 12 p.m. Following Convo, a lunch discussion will be held with the speaker and a small group of students, faculty, staff and community members in the Alumni Guest House meeting room. A complimentary buffet lunch is provided, and informal Q&A offers an opportunity to discuss ideas arising from the Convocation presentation. If you would like to attend, RSVP by emailing Noel Ponder at nponder@carleton.edu. Seating is limited.
  • 1:10 – 2:10 p.m. Campus Tour led by students. You are encouraged to ask about life as a Carl, residential life, and our campus community as you check out our academic buildings and other facilities. Ideal if you’ve never been to campus before, or have younger siblings visiting! Meet at Scoville Hall.
  • 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. East Energy Station Tour. Carleton is a nationwide leader in campus sustainability, and in 2022 completed a shift from steam power to a new geothermal and heat pump system that provides 70% of the campus’ heating and cooling year-round. See where the magic happens on a tour of the East Energy Station. Meet in Hulings 120. Limit: 20 people, first come first served.
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Tour of Brooks Turner: Pedagogy and Propaganda exhibit at Perlman Teaching Museum.
  • 2 – 3 p.m. Meet Maisy, one of our most popular SWA Dogs, and learn a bit more about the program to reduce student stress. UPDATED LOCATION: Severance Great Hall.
  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Architecture Tour of the Carleton campus, highlighting the history of buildings and recent construction. Led by Ross Elfline, professor of art history, starting from the steps of Sayles-Hill. UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
  • 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. East Energy Station Tour. Carleton is a nationwide leader in campus sustainability, and in 2022 completed a shift from steam power to a new geothermal and heat pump system that provides 70% of the campus’ heating and cooling year-round. See where the magic happens on a tour of the East Energy Station. Meet in Hulings 120. Limit: 20 people, first come first served.
  • 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. East Energy Station Tour. Carleton is a nationwide leader in campus sustainability, and in 2022 completed a shift from steam power to a new geothermal and heat pump system that provides 70% of the campus’ heating and cooling year-round. See where the magic happens on a tour of the East Energy Station. Meet in Hulings 120. Limit: 20 people, first come first served.
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Campus Tour led by students. You are encouraged to ask about life as a Carl, residential life, and our campus community as you check out our academic buildings and other facilities. Ideal if you’ve never been to campus before, or have younger siblings visiting! Meet at Scoville Hall.
  • 3:30 – 5 p.m. Office of Sustainability Open House. Swing by Goodsell 106 to chat about Carleton’s work on sustainability and make Halloween decorations from recycled materials.
  • 4 – 6 p.m. Boulder Cave or Top Rope Climbing led by students. Meet at Rec Center front desk.
  • 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Research and Internship Symposium in the Weitz Center Commons. Nearly 200 students will present posters sharing learning from summer academic research and internship experiences.
  • 6:15 p.m. Jewish Shabbat Service in Leighton 236.
  • 7 – 8 p.m. Music Department Showcase with performances by instrumental and choral ensembles, as well as chamber groups and student soloists in Kracum Hall. 
  • 7 p.m. SUMO Screening: Shiva Baby in Weitz Cinema
  • 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Game Night. Face off with your family on board games and Legos, and enjoy some hot beverages and snacks. UPDATED LOCATION: Severance Great Hall.
  • 10 p.m. SUMO Screening: Theater Camp in Weitz Cinema

Saturday, October 14

  • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit the Welcome Table in Severance Great Hall for nametags and up-to-date weekend schedules.
  • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Come and enjoy a game of Pickleball at the Rec Center. A court will be set up and you can pick up equipment at the front desk.
  • 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Are you a parent and an alum? Join us at the Alumni Guest House to meet up with other alumni who are raising the next generation of Carls for an Alum Parents Coffee Reception. The Alumni Guest House is located at the southwest corner of First and College Sts., diagonally across from the Carleton sign.
  • 9 a.m. 3-4 mile Arb Run led by CREEP (Carleton Running Club). Enjoy the fall colors of the Arb! Meet outside the front entrance to the Rec Center.
  • 9 – 10 a.m. Outdoor Yoga Class in front of Rec Center, mats provided. Meet in front lobby. In case of inclement weather, class will be held in Rec Center Studio.
  • 9 – 10:30 a.m. Carleton faculty will present short talks designed to give family members a window into the experience of working with our consistently top-rated faculty. Held in Weitz Center Cinema. Continental breakfast served from 8:30 – 10 a.m.
    • 9 a.m. Mike Hemesath (Economics): 40 Years of Carleton Study Abroad: Cambridge and Beyond
    • 9:30 a.m. Sonja Anderson (Religion): Apocalypse How?
    • 10 a.m. Dev Gupta (Political Science): Understanding Cold War European Politics via the Eurovision Song Contest
  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Campus Tour led by students. You are encouraged to ask about life as a Carl, residential life, and our campus community as you check out our academic buildings and other facilities. Ideal if you’ve never been to campus before, or have younger siblings visiting! Meet at Scoville Hall.
  • 11 a.m. Men’s and Women’s Swimming Intersquad/Alumni Meet (Homecoming) at Thorpe Pool
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Updates and Q&A’s from President Byerly and Dean Livingston, in Skinner Chapel. 
  • 12 – 2 p.m. Family Weekend Lunch. All families and students are invited – this is a great time to meet your Carl’s friends! There is no cost to attend for families, but students will still be required to swipe their OneCard. UPDATED LOCATIONS: Lunch will be served in Burton Dining Hall and Language & Dining Center.
  • 1 – 2 p.m. Arb Walk led by student naturalists. Hike a small slice of the Lower Arboretum to learn about the restoration work the College is doing in this 800-acre nature preserve. There won’t be time to share the whole place with you, but we hope to provide enough information to encourage you to explore more of the 15 miles of trails on your own. Meet at the entrance to the Lower Arb, the parking lot near West Gym. Use the crosswalk at West Gym to cross Highway 19.
  • 1 – 3 p.m. Live trivia with Noah Tarnow ’97, founder of The Big Quiz Thing. Prizes will be awarded! Nobody loves trivia more than a Carl. UPDATED LOCATION: Severance Great Hall. NOTE: Due to the new location, we had to reduce the number of teams.
  • 2 – 2:50 p.m. Career Center panel in Weitz 236. Q&A session with RJ Holmes-Leopold, Director of the Career Center, and Student Career Assistants Amira Aladetan ’24, Kaysha Neville ’24, Andrew Jamison ’26, and Daniel McGovern ’26, focusing on how we support first-year students as they learn how to effectively plan, prepare for and pursue their educational, career, and life goals.
  • 3 – 3:50 p.m. Off-Campus Study panel in Weitz 236. Q&A session with Helena Kaufman, Director of Off-Campus Studies, and OCS Fellows Alana Berger ’24 and Beck Arnow ’24, focusing on some of the programs Carleton offers and how students fit it into their academic plans.
  • 4 – 5 p.m. Architecture Tour of the Carleton campus, highlighting the history of buildings and recent construction. Led by Baird Jarman, professor of art history, starting from the steps of Sayles-Hill.
  • 7 p.m. SUMO Screening: Theater Camp in Weitz Cinema
  • 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Student Group Showcase featuring musical performances by the Accidentals, Exit 69, Knights, Knightingales, and Just Cellin’, plus sketch comedy group Queens of Comedy, in Skinner Chapel.
  • 8:30 p.m. Bonfire at Mai Fete Island, hosted by Parents Advisory Council. Refreshments provided.
  • 10 p.m. SUMO Screening: Shiva Baby in Weitz Cinema

Sunday, October 15

  • 9 – 10 a.m. Arb Walk led by student naturalists. Hike a small slice of the Lower Arboretum to learn about the restoration work the College is doing in this 800-acre nature preserve. There won’t be time to share the whole place with you, but we hope to provide enough information to encourage you to explore more of the 15 miles of trails on your own. Meet at the entrance to the Lower Arb, the parking lot near West Gym. Use the crosswalk at West Gym to cross Highway 19.
  • 10 – 11 a.m. Carleton faculty will present short talks designed to give family members a window into the experience of working with our consistently top-rated faculty. Held in Weitz Center Cinema.
    • 10 a.m. Stephen Mohring (Art) and Dave Musicant (Computer Science): Art, Interactivity, and Microcontrollers
    • 10:30 a.m. Claire Kelling (Mathematics and Statistics): Spatial Statistics and Policing: Challenges and Opportunities
  • 12 – 2 p.m. Join the Carleton Quadball (formally known as Quidditch) Team in their game against Macalester. Quadball is a fun and goofy sport that is a blast to watch and easy to pick up for first-time players. Come on out to the Hill of Three Oaks to support us from the sidelines or join in a scrimmage! 
  • 5 – 6 p.m. Sound Bath Meditation in Chapel.