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!



















Black Student Union Anniversary

2019-2020 represents a pair of milestones in Mercersburg Academy’s history that are uniquely connected: the 55th anniversary of black student integration under Headmaster William Fowle and the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Black Student Union. Join us this Family and Alumni Weekend as we honor these two important moments in the school’s history of diversity and celebrate Mercersburg’s present commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. (Weekend programming that is BSU- or diversity-themed is bolded on the schedule.)



















Schedule of Events

Alumni and their guests, parents, grandparents, siblings, other family members, members of the school community, and friends of Mercersburg 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.)
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7:30 to 9 a.m. – Breakfast
Ford Hall

8 to 9 a.m. – Black Student Union alumni and student networking breakfast mixer
Jane Ford Lounge, Ford Hall
Enjoy a chance to catch up and network with other black alums over breakfast.

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 questions parents have as they complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS Profile, and as they learn more about the financial aid application process.

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?
This session will offer advice to parents who may be eager to understand their role in helping students to edit 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.

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 this 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.

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.

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’ cross country Family Weekend Invitational (with family meet-and-greet hosted by White Key)
Begins just east of Tippetts Hall

10 to 11 a.m. – Stony Batter production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
Hale Studio Theatre, Burgin Center for the Arts
White Key will provide pre-show refreshments outside the theatre.
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. Walk-ins are welcome.

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

10:15 a.m. – Girls’ cross country Family Weekend Invitational (with family meet-and-greet hosted by White Key)
Begins just east of Tippetts Hall

10:25 to 11:15 a.m. – College counseling guest panel
Simon Theatre, Burgin Center for the Arts
Glean insights about college admission from Catherine Davenport, vice president for enrollment and dean of admission at Dickinson College; David Phillips, vice provost for admission and financial aid at Johns Hopkins University; and Peaches Valdes, dean of admission at Hamilton College.

11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Open session for parents with Associate Head of School Julie Maurer ’90, Dean of Academics Jennifer Smith ’97, and Dean of Curricular Innovation John David 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)

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Black Student Union tailgate
Outside Tippetts Hall (south side)

12 p.m. – Boys’ JV soccer vs. St. James (with family meet-and-greet hosted by White Key)
South Field

12 p.m. – Girls’ JV soccer vs. Grier (with family meet-and-greet hosted by White Key)
Class of ’07 Field

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 tennis vs. Jefferson (with family meet-and-greet hosted by White Key)
Smoyer Tennis Center

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

1 p.m. – Class fundraisers and swag pickup
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)
Steiger Field

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

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

1:30 to 2:45 p.m. – McFadden Model Railroad Museum open

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

5 to 7 p.m. – Dinner for black alumni/students and their families
Simon Student Center
A celebration of the 55th anniversary of black student integration at Mercersburg.

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
Reservations are not required; all seats are general admission.










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Note to Parents

We encourage you to enjoy the entirety of the weekend, including the athletic competitions and theatre 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 
(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, Burgin Center for the Arts
Featuring the work of Philadelphia painter and printmaker Marta Sanchez
Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 6 p.m.










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

Lenfest Hall
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Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

General Information

If you have questions or require special assistance while on campus, 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.