Family Weekend

Family Weekend

October 8-10, 2021

Families of students 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 Players performance of the play Lost in Yonkers, and cheer on our Blue Storm athletes. Other highlights during Family Weekend include college counseling sessions for parents, a tailgate lunch featuring the inaugural “Mercersburger” competition, and a Chapel service.

We look forward to seeing you on campus! There’s no cost to you—all meals and events are complimentary! 

Submit proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result for each registrant. 
​​​​​​​Registration closes at 4:30 p.m. ET on October 4.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

  •  If fully vaccinated (two weeks after their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine), attendees must submit proof of vaccination. Those registrants who are not fully vaccinated will be required to submit a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival.

  • Attendees will not be required to test upon arrival.

  • Masks must be worn at all times while on campus, regardless of vaccination status.

Mercersburger Competition

This year we’re trying something new! We’ve asked the community to submit burger recipes for consideration. Students will prep the recipes in our Mercersburg Test Kitchen (the True Blue Café), a panel of judges will narrow down to three finalists that will go head-to-head during Family Weekend, and you get to pick the winner! 

Schedule of Events

Members of a student’s immediate household(s) are invited to attend all events during the weekend; the registration deadline is Monday, October 4. Some events have space limitations and may be “first come, first served.” (Please keep in mind the event dates, programming, and restrictions are subject to change as we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 climate.)

7:30 to 9 a.m. - Breakfast, Ford Hall

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Registration open, Visitor Check-In

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Welcome Center open, Simon Student Center

8:45 to 9:30 a.m. - College counseling sessions for parents

Getting Started: 9th and 10th Grade, Lenfest 201
Presenters: Rachel Mallory and Cindy Fowler

As our 9th- and 10th-grade students begin to explore life at Mercersburg Academy, many are already thinking about college. This session will help parents of 9th and 10th graders to better understand our developmental approach to college counseling as they support their students to be successful at Mercersburg and beyond.

The Healthy College List (11th- and 12th-Grade Parents), Lenfest 502
Presenters: Michael Conklin and Justin Ledesma

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.

8:45 to 10:25 a.m. - Drop-in with college counseling, Hager Reading Room (main level), Lenfest Hall

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Adviser meetings for parents

9:40 to 10:25 a.m. - College counseling sessions for parents

When to Apply: The Truth about Early Admission (11th- and 12th-grade parents), Lenfest 502
Presenters: Justin Ledesma and Michael Conklin

A record number of students now apply to selective colleges through early admission programs. In this session, we will consider the potential advantages, as well as the potential drawbacks, of early admission programs, including Early Decision and Early Action. We will offer guidance about how and when to determine if seeking early admission is appropriate for your child.

Athletic Recruitment and College Admission (Parents of prospective college student-athletes), Lenfest 201
Presenters: Glenn Neufeld and Paul Sipes

Is your son or daughter 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 NCAA Division I, Division II, and Division III athletes.

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

10:25 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. - College counseling meetings for 12th-grade parents

10:30 to 11:15 a.m. - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Open House, Room 119, Simon Student Center

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Blue Storm picnic lunch, outside Tippetts Hall (south side)

Featuring the Mercersburger! Enjoy three sliders and help us select our top burger for this year’s inaugural Mercersburger competition! 

12 p.m. - Boys JV Soccer vs. Fannett-Metal School District

1 p.m. - Athletic events begin, Goldthorpe Athletic Complex

Blue/White Swim Meet
Field Hockey vs. Lawrenceville School
Boys' Varsity Soccer vs. Lawrenceville School
Girls' Varsity Soccer vs. Lawrenceville School
Girls' Varsity Tennis vs. Lawrenceville School
Volleyball vs. Lawrenceville School

2 p.m. - Football vs. Valley Forge Military Academy

5 to 7 p.m. - Postgame supper, Ford Hall

7:30 p.m. - Stony Batter Players Production of Lost in Yonkers, Simon Theatre, Burgin Center for the Arts

Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon (1991 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner) is set in 1942. Come to the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre for a performance of this comedic drama.

Share the weekend!  #MburgFamily 

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 would like to discuss taking your child off campus during Family Weekend, please contact the Office of Student Life at 717-328-6119 or

Frequently Asked Questions

Building Hours

Class of 1960 School Store 
(Simon Student Center)
Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cofrin Gallery, Burgin Center for the Arts
Visiting Artist Exhibit: Anita Schievley
Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 6 p.m.

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

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

Reservation Information for Lost in Yonkers
Tickets are free, and patrons may reserve seats on our ticket reservation site or by calling 717-328-6349.

*Please note: Reserved seats are held until 10 minutes prior to curtain. Unclaimed reservations are then released to ensure our students have a full Orchestra section for their productions. Weekend participants who did not make theatre reservations are welcome at the performance.

Building Accessibility
Family Weekend events will be held in a variety of buildings around campus, as well as outdoors. If anyone in your family has mobility issues or related concerns, please contact Mercersburg’s events team.

If you have any questions about Family Weekend, please contact the Office of Student Life at 717-328-6119.

Self-Guided Walking Tours
​​​​​​​For self-guided tours of campus, please stop by the welcome center in the Simon Student Center to pick up a guide packet and map. 

General Information

If you have questions or require special assistance while on campus, please go to Visitor Check-In or call Campus Safety at 717-328-1111.

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