Family and Alumni Weekend



All alumni, families of students, and their guests are invited to enjoy a beautiful fall weekend on campus in October. Experience school traditions like Step Songs at Main Hall and a bonfire on Tippetts Beach, attend classes, see a Stony Batter performance of the play Our Town, and cheer on our Blue Storm athletes.

Other weekend highlights include a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the school's Black Student Union, college counseling sessions for parents, a tailgate lunch, an all-school dinner in the Hale Field House, and a Chapel service. And there's no cost to you—all meals and events are free. We look forward to seeing you on campus!


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Schedule of Events

Alumni, parents, grandparents, other family members, members of the school community, and visitors are invited to attend all events during the weekend unless otherwise noted. Some events have space limitations and may be "first come, first served." The schedule is subject to change, and additional programming will be added in the coming weeks.

7:30 to 9 a.m. – Breakfast
Ford Hall

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Registration open
Simon Student Center

8:45 to 10:15 a.m. – College counseling drop-in stations
Vodrey Reading Room (Upper Level), Lenfest Hall
Financial Aid: A member of the college counseling team will be available to address individual questions parents have as they complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS Profile, and as they learn more about the process of applying for financial aid.

Quiet Room (Main Level), Lenfest Hall
Maia Learning: A member of the college counseling team will be available to provide assistance to parents as they log into and begin using our new college planning and application management platform, Maia Learning.

8:45 to 9:25 a.m. – College counseling sessions

Lenfest Hall 202
Getting Started: The Developmental Model
As our ninth and 10th grade students begin to explore life at Mercersburg, many are already thinking about college. This session will help parents of ninth and 10th graders better understand our developmental approach to college counseling as they support their students to be successful at Mercersburg and beyond.

Lenfest Hall 302
Parents in the Process: What Is My Role?
It can be hard for parents to know how and when to support their student through the college process. The goal of this session is to offer advice to parents who may be eager to understand their role in helping students to edit personal and supplemental essays, complete college application materials, and meet admission deadlines. We will also consider effective forms of communication between you, your student, and your college counselor as the college search unfolds.

Lenfest Hall 201
The Healthy College List
Deciding where to apply—and eventually where to enroll—can be a daunting task for any student. In this session, learn more about how we counsel each student to construct a targeted college list that reflects their interests, priorities, and academic profile. We will discuss our timeline and the many resources available to students and their families as they explore a wide range of college options across a spectrum of selectivity.

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Adviser meetings for parents
Please contact your student’s adviser to make arrangements. Although these appointments typically take place on Saturday morning, they may be scheduled any time during the weekend that is mutually convenient.

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – Reunion Weekend sneak peek
Dickerman Lecture Hall, Irvine Hall 106
Alumni from 0s, 5s, 1s, and 6s who are interested in joining their class reunion committee (or who have already signed on) are invited to a special preview of Reunion Weekend.

9:35 to 10:15 a.m. – College counseling sessions

Lenfest Hall 201
When to Apply: The Truth about Early Admission
A record number of students now apply to selective colleges through early admission programs. In this session, we will consider the potential advantages and drawbacks of early admission programs—including Early Decision and Early Action—and offer guidance about how and when to determine if seeking early admission is appropriate for your student.

Lenfest Hall 302
International Students and the College Process
The process of applying to colleges and universities in the U.S. may differ for international applicants in subtle and some not-so-subtle ways. This session is designed for parents of international students who wish to better understand those aspects of the college search that are unique to international applicants.

Lenfest Hall 202
Athletic Recruitment and College Admission
Is your child an aspiring college athlete? In this session, our presenters will offer advice to parents who wish to support their student-athlete to achieve their academic and athletic goals. We will consider the implications of being a recruited athlete when applying to college and will discuss best practices for aspiring DI, DII, and DIII athletes

10 a.m. – Boys’/girls’ cross country Family Weekend Invitational (with family meet-and-greet hosted by White Key)
Begins just east of Tippetts Hall

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Climbing wall open
Masinter Outdoor Education Center

10 to 11 a.m. – Stony Batter production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
Hale Studio Theatre, Burgin Center for the Arts
This performance is geared toward families with children, though all ages are welcome. Parental supervision is not required for children 6 or older, as faculty and students will be serving as chaperones so parents may attend adviser meetings and college counseling sessions. Please email burginreserv@mercersburg.edu or call 717-328-6349 and provide the show name and the number of tickets you would like. If you are reserving for children and will not be remaining with them, please include their ages. Reservations may be made through 12 p.m. Thursday, October 17, but walk-ins are welcome.

10:25 to 11:15 a.m. – College counseling session
Simon Theatre, Burgin Center for the Arts
Deans Panel

11 to 11:45 a.m. – Open session for parents with Associate Head of School Julie Maurer ’90, Dean of Academics Jennifer Smith ’97, and Dean of Curricular Innovation J.D. Bennett
Dickerman Lecture Hall, Irvine Hall 106

11:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. – College counseling meetings for 12th grade parents
Please contact your student’s college counselor to schedule an appointment.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Blue Storm picnic lunch
Outside Tippetts Hall (south side)

12 p.m. – Girls’ JV volleyball vs. Grier (with family meet-and-greet hosted by White Key)
Plantz Courts, Nolde Gym

12 p.m. - Girls’ JV soccer vs. Grier (with family meet-and-greet hosted by White Key)
Soccer field

12 p.m. - Girls’ JV tennis vs. Jefferson (with family meet-and-greet hosted by White Key)
Smoyer Tennis Center

1 p.m. – Marketplace: Athletic Department tent sale, class fundraisers, and swag pick up
Outside Nolde Gym

1 p.m. – Blue-white swim meet (with family meet-and-greet hosted by White Key)
Flanagan Pool, Nolde Gym

1 p.m. – Field hockey vs. Peddie (with family meet-and-greet hosted by White Key)
Regents’ Field

1 p.m. – Boys’ varsity soccer vs. Peddie (with family meet-and-greet hosted by White Key)
Soccer field

1 p.m. – Boys’ JV soccer vs. St. James (with family meet-and-greet hosted by White Key)
Soccer field

1 p.m. – Girls’ varsity soccer vs. Peddie (with family meet-and-greet hosted by White Key)
Soccer field

1 p.m. – Girls’ varsity tennis vs. Peddie (with family meet-and-greet hosted by White Key)
Smoyer Tennis Center

1 p.m. – Football vs. Valley Forge Military Academy (with family meet-and-greet hosted by White Key)
Football field

1 p.m. – Varsity volleyball vs. National Cathedral School (with family meet-and-greet hosted by White Key)
Plantz Courts, Nolde Gym

5 to 7 p.m. – Postgame dinner
Ford Hall

6 to 7 p.m. – Pre-show dessert reception hosted by White Key
Cofrin Gallery, Burgin Center for the Arts

7:30 p.m. – Stony Batter production of Our Town
Simon Theatre, Burgin Center for the Arts
Please email burginreserv@mercersburg.edu or call 717-328-6349 and provide the show name and the number of tickets you would like. Reservations may be made through 12 p.m. Thursday, October 17, but walk-ins are welcome.








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Note to Parents

We encourage you to enjoy the entirety of the weekend, including the athletic competitions and theater production on Saturday and the Chapel service, meals, and free time on Sunday. If you do choose to take your child off campus after any required events for them (sports, music groups, Stony Batter, other PGAs, etc.), please make sure your child fills out a request form via the Veracross portal prior to the weekend. Students must be back on campus Monday in time for the start of their afternoon PGA. If your plans change, please call the dean on duty at 717-860-0488. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Life at 717-328-6119.



Building Hours

Class of 1960 School Store Hours
(Simon Student Center)
Friday: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.



Cofrin Gallery Hours
(Burgin Center for the Arts)
Featuring the work of Philadelphia painter and printmaker Marta Sanchez
Friday and Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 6 p.m.


Prentiss Alumni and Parent Center at North Cottage Hours
Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lenfest Hall Hours
TBA



General Information

If you have questions, require special assistance while on campus, or wish to pick up a self-guided walking tour brochure, please visit Registration in the Simon Student Center.

If you are interested in learning more about admission for your child or grandchild, feel free to schedule an appointment in advance by calling 717-328-6173, or stop by Traylor Hall between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Friday to pick up admission materials.

In the event of an emergency, please call the Dean on Duty at 717-860-0488 or Campus Safety at 717-328-1111 or extension 1111 from any campus phone.

As a reminder, alcohol, tobacco, and illegal substances are prohibited on campus.